Okay, yesterday I posted how the FSU offense fared in the National Championship season of 1999. With a few exceptions, the consistency of the FSU dominance was a little better than the offense in '99. Some thoughts after the jump.
The '99 FSU defense gave up under 4 yards per play in 6 of its 12 games!! Overall for the season the defense gave up 4.85 ypp. For comparison sake, this year's Alabama defense gave up under 4 ypp in 8 of its 13 games and finished the year giving up only 3.3 ypp!! This year's FSU defense gave up under 4 ypp in 5 of its 13 games and 4.16 ypp overall. The 1999 defense would have been right at 20th in the nation in ypp.
I'll reiterate this from yesterday, but GT had a heck of an offense that year led by Joe Hamilton. On the flip side, UNC was just atrocious on offense. Also, take note of Bama's two games against Florida in '99. Do you think they made some adjustments for the SEC Championship game?!?
Anyway, what I'll take out of this little exercise is that while the '99 National Championship team was the 1st ever to go wire-to-wire and gave FSU its 2nd National Championship, it wasn't quite as dominant as my memories tell me it was. It was a VERY good team on both sides of the ball and had good balance on offense and defense that could allow either side to carry the day if necessary. Not to be overlooked is fantastic special teams with Sebastian Janikowski kicking, a good punter in Keith Cottrell and Peter Warrick returning punts.
Hope you enjoyed.