We see that some writers pay special attention to a civil citation for shoplifting, and ignoring others committing misdemeanor and felony crimes, and some focus on the football. I get that anything involving Winston is going to be big deal, even if it doesn't involve an arrest (something that has never happened to him), but some of these write ups are a bit annoying. Florida State is still the favorite for the National Title in Vegas.
Let's get to the writers.
Mark Schlabach discusses football.
The Seminoles were probably a year ahead of schedule in winning a BCS National Championship last season, and they will be heavy favorites to repeat as ACC champions and make the four-team College Football Playoff this coming season. Along with bringing back Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at quarterback, the Seminoles expect to have five seniors starting on the offensive line, which is always a recipe for success, as well as tight end Nick O'Leary and receiver Rashad Greene. FSU has to replace key contributors on defense, including tackle Timmy Jernigan and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, but it has recruited well on that side of the ball for the past few years. Defensive linemen Mario Edwards and Eddie Goldman and defensive backs Ronald Darby, Jalen Ramsey and P.J. Williams might each be a potential NFL first-round pick in the future.
Opponents: Notre Dame. No. 17, Florida No. 19, Clemson No. 22
Does Dennis Dodd even know enough to name other players on the team other than Winston? Or did he just put this list together for clicks from #FSUTwitter?
Mr. Shellfish went to the Crab 'N Go. Feel free to call the pun abuse hotline. It just seems to get worse and worse for Jameis "Alaskan King" Winston. A wonderful talent on the field, he's becoming a time bomb off of it. Yes, the Noles are absolutely loaded, but Winston's "youthful ignorance" (his words) is enough to keep them out of the top spot.
Opponents: Notre Dame No. 20
Martin Rickman managed to compare teams to Disney villains and still managed to talk more football than Dodd. Seriously.
Key returnees: QB Jameis Winston, WR Rashad Greene, RB Karlos Williams, TE Nick O'Leary, OL Cameron Erving, OL Tre' Jackson, DE Mario Edwards Jr., LB Terrence Smith, CB P.J. Williams, S Jalen Ramsey
Key losses: DL Timmy Jernigan, LB Telvin Smith, LB Christian Jones, CB Lamarcus Joyner, RB Devonta Freeman, RB James Wilder Jr., S Terrence Brooks, WR Kelvin Benjamin, C Bryan Stork, WR Kenny Shaw
Disney villain: Ursula The Sea Witch, The Little Mermaid
Ursula pairs with the Seminoles quite nicely following last week's Jameis Winston crabpocalypse. Florida State stepped all over the poor, unfortunate souls in its path to last season's BCS title game. The 'Noles captured their trident in the form of a crystal football. Yet while Florida State is back, it has to make sure it harnesses its power and keeps the voices at bay. Otherwise, Jimbo Fisher, Winston and company could risk getting too comfortable.
Opponents: Notre Dame No. 12, Clemson No. 17, Okie State No. 24