Gamble on FSU Football with care in 2013

As I was reading Facebook posts today, I happened upon a preseason top-10 list from a friend of a friend. It had many of the usual suspects at the top, but as I scrolled down, I saw an interesting team at No. 6.

Florida State.

Now, it’s always nice to see my team get respect, but it was for all the wrong reasons. I took a screenshot, and you’ll see what I mean.

FSU Football prediction

The goal of this post isn’t to pick on one kid who will remain nameless (mostly because I don’t remember his name — like I said, it was a friend of a friend). However, I’ve seen plenty of hate over the last several years pointed at FSU Football because they didn’t live up to lofty expectations.

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So let’s figure out where this prognostication went wrong.

First of all, if you’re thinking a redshirt freshman who’s never played a game of college football will be better than a fifth-year senior who was one of the most successful quarterbacks in school history, you’re dreaming big. And you’ll probably be quite disappointed. I have confidence that Jameis Winston will be a good quarterback in 2013, and may eventually be a great quarterback. But he won’t be great in 2013.

Flashes of brilliance? Sure. But be prepared for a letdown any time you throw all of your chips into the freshman QB pot and his name isn’t Johnny Manziel.

I also don’t think Florida State will have the best offensive line in the nation, and I also don’t think low expectations are the key to having a great season. Ask 2012 Auburn.

I’m not trying to say FSU is going to be bad in 2013, and I’m not trying to be a pessimistic fan. I’m just a realist, and I’m starting to see why people get all over FSU’s case.

Seeing people rank my school’s football team highly is nice, but only if it’s for the right reasons.

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