After Florida State’s 51-14 demolition of Clemson, there was a new must-see BCS Championship game: Alabama vs. Florida State. [Silly me; two weeks ago, I had Alabama vs. FSU as a 1st round game in a hypothetical 8-game playoff.] Sorry Oregon, but you don’t have a primetime beatdown of a Top 5 team on the road on your resume (yet).
So, what if Alabama played Florida State and its star QB, Jameis Winston in the BCS title game?
Florida St vs. Alabama? Wynn bookmaker Johnny Avello told me on @ESPN1100 he’d hang the game pick’em!
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) October 21, 2013
Now that’s a surprise. Surely the public would be all over Alabama – give Nick Saban a month to prepare for anyone, and he’s going to win. [UPDATE: David Purdum says the Golden Nugget has Alabama -6.5 against Florida State.]
A few takeaways from the Clemson rout to ponder:
* The FSU defense was the story Saturday, limiting high-powered Clemson to just 326 yards and 4.5 yards per play, and forcing four turnovers.
* I know it’s just against the ACC, but FSU is 3rd nationally in yards per play (4.21 ypp). The Seminoles were 1st last year, but lost three defenders in the Top 40 of the draft.
* The Alabama secondary is suspect (ask Johnny Manziel) and FSU has three skilled receivers (6-foot-5 Kelvin Benjamin, Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw) and a future NFL tight end (Nick O’Leary). Also, Alabama just lost safety Vinnie Sunseri for the season.
Be very afraid, Alabama.