With their dominating win over Clemson on Saturday, the Florida State Seminoles are ranked #2 in the BCS rankings behind Alabama. The road to the National Championship is downhill for the Seminoles from here as long as they do not fall into the familiar trappings of Seminole teams of the past and lose to an overpowered conference opponent such as they did last year with N.C. State.
At this point, the Seminoles have one ranked opponent left on their schedule, which is an undefeated but overrated Miami Hurricanes team, who barely escaped this week undefeated after an ugly win against North Carolina. That game happens in two weeks and will be played at Doak Walker Stadium, which is a huge advantage.
Other than Miami, the Seminoles play the pesky Wolfpack this weekend, play Wake Forest on the road after the game against Miami which could be a trap game in Fayetteville. After that, they have Syracuse and Idaho at home before they go on the road to play Florida in the Swamp. Florida, at full strength could be a tough test for the Seminoles but that team just keeps getting killed with injuries this season and they were extremely undermanned against Missouri this weekend, which allowed the Tigers to come away with the win.
Beyond that, as long as the Seminoles take care of business, they will end up in the ACC Championship and the two teams leading the leaders in the Coastal Division are Miami and then Virginia Tech. Unless either of those teams lose another conference game beyond Miami losing to Florida State, those two teams meet in Coral Gables to decide who will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship on November 9th.
It is tough to project a team seven weeks in advance as so many factors come into play with injuries and potential upsets, but Florida State’s path to the National Championship is out there in front of them. They are extremely talented on both sides of the ball, have an unbelievable quarterback in Jameis Winston who may end up winning the Heisman Trophy who seems to be able to prevent them from the familiar trappings of the past. The Seminoles have been dominant in every game they have played with the exception of Boston College. BC put up a good fight, but after a slow start, the Seminoles got on track and just overpowered the Eagles. Considering that Alabama and Oregon have far tougher roads ahead of them to get to the National Championship and Ohio State needs significant help to qualify, the Seminoles just need to take care of business and they will be playing for the Crystal Football this year.