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.
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.
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.
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.