Florida State Fans Chant 'We Want 'Bama'; Can the Noles Hang with the Tide?
It didn’t take long for the “We want ‘Bama!” chants to fill Doak Campbell Stadium during the waning moments of Florida State’s 41-14 thrashing of Miami on Saturday.
However, Seminoles fans will have to get in line:
And Art Briles: “I want touchdowns.” RT @chris_labenz: Oregon fans respond with "no WE want bama" and urban Meyer "I want Saban"
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 3, 2013
Even San Francisco 49ers linebacker Nick Moody (FSU alum) got in on the action a couple weeks ago:
We want Bama #noles
— Nick Moody (@Moody54TMB) October 20, 2013
It all begs the question: Can Florida State hang with Alabama in the BCS title game?
Sure, both teams still have four remaining games and a potential matchup in their respective conference title games. However, it doesn’t hurt to take a look ahead.
Especially when two teams have looked as dominant as the Seminoles and Tide have looked up to this point of the season.
In fact, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes there aren’t two other better teams in the country:
Kirk Herbstreit: "I think Alabama and Florida State are the two best teams in the country."
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) November 3, 2013
The stats seem to back it up.
Entering Week 10, Florida State ranked No. 3 in scoring (52.6 PPG), No. 4 in total offense (553.7 YPG), No. 11 in passing (341.4 YPG) and No. 25 in rushing (212.3 YPG). Defensively the team has been just as good, ranking No. 4 in scoring (13.0 PPG), No. 8 in total defense (289.4 YPG), No. 1 against the pass (153.7 YPG) and No. 30 against the run (135.7 YPG).
Those numbers/rankings are only set to improve for the Seminoles after racking up 517 yards of total offense on Saturday while limiting the Hurricanes to just 275 yards.
Quarterback Jameis Winston has been the star of the show, throwing for 2,502 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions on 70.2 percent passing. That includes throwing for over 300 yards in five of eight games thus far.
Did we mention that he’s just a redshirt freshman?
But aside from Winston, the defense has been just as impressive, limiting seven of eight opponents to 17 or fewer points. Furthermore, Florida State hasn’t allowed a single opposing quarterback to throw for over 200 yards since Week 1—Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage threw for 201.
If you recall, this is the same defense that derailed the Heisman campaign of Tajh Boyd back on Oct. 19 during the Seminoles' 51-14 rout of then-No. 3 Clemson.
However, Florida State has yet to play a team as talented as Alabama.
Then again, given some of the Tide’s past performances this season, the Seminoles might be in good shape.
Back on Aug. 31, Alabama took on Virginia Tech, team that has proven to be one of the elite defenses in the nation, ranking No. 5 in scoring (14.8 PPG) and No. 3 in total defense (248.8 YPG).
Although the Tide topped the Hokies 35-10, only 14 of those points came from the offense. In fact, the team only totaled 206 yards of total offense and was just 6-of-17 on third-down conversions.
As for Alabama’s vaunted defense—No. 1 in scoring (9.8 PPG) and No. 6 in total defense (280.9 YPG)—the unit struggled when facing a top offense.
What would be the result if FSU-Bama played?
Against Texas A&M, the nation’s No. 3-ranked total offense, the Tide conceded 42 points and over 620 yards of total offense. It served as the most points allowed by Alabama in a win.
Sure, those two games occurred over the first two weeks of the season. However, the team hasn’t faced the stiffest competition as of late.
In fact, over the last six games, the Tide have faced just one offense ranked in the top 60 in the nation—No. 37 Ole Miss—while only facing one defense ranked in the top 50.
Needless to say, early or not, a lot can be taken from those first two games.
But with over a month to go before the final BCS standings come out, Florida State can only hope for a shot at the two-time defending champions. Along with every other contender in college football.
In response to Oregon's "We Want Bama" T-shirts, I got this... pic.twitter.com/ebj2uL6k8I
— Daniel Henao (@DanielHenao459) October 30, 2013
Be careful what you wish for.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com
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