Nick Saban knows how to build national championship teams and he knows Jimbo Fisher very well considering Florida State’s head coach was on Saban’s staff at LSU when the Tigers won the national title in 2003, and he thinks Fisher’s Seminole’s team resembles the look of an SEC team.
Nick Saban on ESPN pregame, “Jimbo Fisher has built this team just like we did when we went to LSU. That’s why they look like an SEC team.”
— Will Weathers (@TigerBaitWill) January 7, 2014
The SEC has won the last seven national championship and will look to make it eight in a row with the Auburn Tigers looking to win their second national title in the last four years.
The key to beating the SEC very well could be doing what the SEC does best and that’s what Florida State does best.
The Seminoles have the nation’s top scoring defense and their speed and athleticism at all three levels rivals some of the best SEC defenses from Florida to LSU to Alabama who have won titles in recent memory.
Offensively, Florida State has a deep ground of running backs to roll out against opposing defenses who run behind a big and dominant offensive line much like Alabama and LSU in particular had when they won it all.
The overriding reason is Jameis Winston at quarterback for Florida State who turned down Saban to play for Fisher in Tallahassee. Much like the SEC during the AJ McCarron, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow championships, Winston has the ‘it’ factor and has yet to lose a game in college.
Could his first game come at the hands of an SEC team?