Crootin’: Florida State Is Not a “Minor League NFL Team”


For some reason, whenever a team wins a National Title with a few underclassmen people believe that they are a capable of beating an NFL Team. Just like my Tide a few years ago, people assumed we could beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. As much as I would love to say that the Tide could do this, they would get slaughtered.

Now, Business Insider has come out with a story about how Florida State has 15 returning starters and they are theoretically unbeatable. It does not matter how good you think a college team is, there has never been a team, or ever will be a team that can beat the worst NFL team. Those are the best of the best. They do not having 18 year old kids (*Some have kids 18 years old), they have 28 and 30 year old men who have seen everything you can throw at them. Yes Florida State will be a good team this year, but they will never have the talent that 2001 Miami, 2004 USC, or any of the Tide’s dynasty teams.

’01 Miami:

  • Clinton Portis
  • Willis McGahee (2nd String)
  • Frank Gore (3rd String)
  • Ed Reed
  • Johnathon Vilma
  • Vince Wilfork

’04 USC

  • Reggie Bush
  • Matt Leinart
  • Dwayne Jarret
  • Steve Smith

’09 Tide

  • Dont’a Hightower
  • Rolando McClain
  • Trent Richardson
  • Mark Ingram
  • Julio Jones

*Roster’s and recruiting numbers courtesy of 247 Sports

Florida State has tons of talent all over the field, but let me remind you that they struggled against the 3rd worst defense in the SEC last year. Famous Jameis looked terrible and I truthfully believe that if they played in the SEC they would have lost 3 games last season. They are not a minor league NFL team, and Jameis Winston has a ceiling of Byron Leftwich. Jimbo Fischer will have another great recruiting class this year, but still finish 2nd to Saban, and it will be great to see the Noles left out of the four team playoff.

 

-Alex

 

Posted on August 28, 2014, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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