Seminole Sunday: Florida State the big winner of the weekend

Sam Greenwood

What an incredible 24 hours for the Seminoles. I have no idea where to start, so I'll just dump my thoughts here and let y'all sort it out.

Let's start with this.

That win in the Swamp. The biggest ever for Florida State in that stadium. Man, Seminoles fans had to feel pretttay good after it. Jimbo Fisher is 7-1 against Florida and Miami, which is the best mark for Florida State in any four-year period in program history.

12-0. It's been more than a decade. And I think, through 12 games, this team is as good as any Florida State has ever had. If FSU finishes the whole job in the fashion it has been playing, people are going to start to talk about this team as one of the best ever not just for Florida State, but for college football -- talk that will only get louder after the next two NFL drafts unfold. There's a real chance every starter on offense and defense will get drafted.

But wait, it gets better

Then, the night got so much better, as one of the wildest games in the history of the sport finished in the most improbable fashion.

That means Florida State does not have to beat Alabama. And that's a good thing. Because people don't discount national titles. The crystal ball is not tainted if one beats a team from a conference other than the SEC for the title.

Florida State could have defeated Alabama. But perhaps no team was as well equipped to take down Florida State as the Tide. Flags fly forever, and now, Florida State will get to play against a spread team (Ohio State, Auburn or Missouri) for the final BCS title. And that's a big deal because Florida State's nickel defense (five defensive backs) it uses against the spread is by far the best in the country.

#1 And the gap between FSU and No. 2 is huge. FSU earned all but four of the 1st-place votes in the coaches poll.

Florida State will very likely be a double-digit favorite in the BCS National Title Game. That does not guarantee a victory, but it does suggest a strong likelihood of such a thing.

I can say that because it is not losing to Duke in the ACC Title Game (Florida State is favored by 29). I would not have published that sentence had Viriginia Tech made the game, because the Hokies' "a-game" is a lot better than Duke's, even if Tech rarely plays it. On Saturday night, FSU will go back-to-back as ACC Champions.

As for who FSU should play? That doesn't really matter all that much. Ohio State, Auburn and Missouri are all of similar quality, and none are Alabama. All can make some sort of argument.

But it really might not matter. This is FSU's year. For ring No. 3 and trophy No. 3. Speaking of which...

Heisman

Jameis Winston is winning the Heisman unless he is charged. Even if the investigation is still open when votes are due, he is winning. That is very, very clear now as he is an absurd 1/20 favorite to take home the award. There really is not another strong candidate.

Etc.

  • Florida State's 1st-team defense has still not allowed a rushing touchdown on the year.
  • FSU has won 11 of 12 games by four touchdowns or more.
  • FSU finished the regular season with the best offense (7.83 yards/play) in the country, and the No. 2 defense (4.01 yards/play allowed).
  • The last team to beat Urban Meyer? Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles.
  • Please ignore anyone who even implies that Florida State, with Jameis Winston, could get left out of the title game. That is absolute nonsense, and is shitty, hack journalism hoping for your clicks and subsequent angry facebook shares. Don't play along. Don't bring it up in the comments section, either. Not happenin'.

Jacobs Trophy

Florida State's Cameron Erving has been voted the 2013 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced Sunday. With Erving's selection, six Seminole offensive linemen have now claimed the honor a combined nine times.

The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945. The trophy will be presented at the ACC's Night of Legends event, which will be held this Friday (6 p.m.) at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of festivities held around the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.

Erving, a 6-6, 320-pound redshirt junior from Moultrie, Ga., earned this year's honor in only his second season playing on the offensive line. Erving played on the defensive line in 2011 before switching to the offensive side of the ball last season. Erving amassed 16 total points in the coaches' voting, edging out teammate Bryan Stork (13), Virginia's Morgan Moses (10) and North Carolina's James Hurst (8) to capture the 60th ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. No trophy was given in 1996. In all, 14 different ACC offensive linemen received votes in the balloting.

"I'm very happy for Cam," Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He's really developed into a fine offensive lineman. He's put in a lot of hard work and is a true team player. He has a bright future playing there, and I'm very proud of him for what he's contributed to our success."

Erving has started all 12 games for the unbeaten Seminoles this season and has made 26 consecutive starts on the offensive line dating back to 2012. He has consistently graded out among the Seminoles' top offensive lineman this fall and was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in FSU's 51-14 win over fellow top-five Atlantic Division foe Clemson on Oct. 19.

Erving has played a prominent role on a Florida State line which has paved the way for an offensive unit that has scored an ACC-record 644 points. FSU ranks second nationally in scoring offense at 53.7 points per game and scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 regular-season games. The Seminoles rank seventh nationally in total offense, averaging 526.1 yards a game.

He becomes the sixth Florida State player to be named a recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, and the first since guard Rodney Hudson earned back-to-back honors in 2009 and 2010. Other past FSU winners include center Clay Shiver (1994 and 1995), tackle Tra Thomas (1997), tackle Tarlos Thomas (2000) and tackle Brett Williams (2001 and 2002).

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