In winning the ACC Championship Game 45-7 over Duke, the Florida State Seminoles did exactly what was expected of them. They solidified the fact that they are the nation's one truly dominant team.
Florida State took a 17-0 lead into halftime, but in a rare full third quarter of work, Jameis Winston cemented his Heisman campaign and put FSU one step closer to its ultimate goal. A three-touchdown third saw Winston throw and run his team well out in front of the Blue Devils.
The Seminoles have been on a mission all season, and on a night where Ohio State went down and the Auburn Tigers outlasted Missouri, the 'Noles reminded the nation they were No. 1 for a reason.
Florida State ground Duke to fine powder with its rushing game. Jimbo Fisher also torched the Blue Devils secondary by cutting his wide receivers loose for Winston to find all over the field.
And as usual, the defense neutralized the opponent.
Some will point to this win as another "easy" contest—after all, it was Duke. But it was a 10-2 Duke football team riding an eight-game win streak and sitting in the Top 20 of the BCS standings. It was a Duke team having a fairy-tale ride through the season.
It was a ride that the Seminoles quickly ended in Charlotte.
Florida State has been the nation's best team all season long, and now it will take time to prepare for the last step in reaching the pinnacle of the sport. This team runs, it passes and it plays shutdown defense—something no one else in the country can say.
Not Auburn, the Seminoles' likely opponent in the BCS National Championship Game.
Not Alabama, the team people love to insert into the debate as the best of the bunch.
Not Ohio State, the team that had a 24-game win streak snapped by Michigan State.
This Florida State team is special. In winning by 38 points, the idea of the 'Noles as one of the most dominant of the BCS era remains a true possibility.
Jimbo Fisher's team has checked off another box on its quest for a title. As it has done all season long, it did so in emphatic fashion.
The next step for Florida State is Pasadena. While many, including AL.com's Jon Solomon, are calling Auburn a team of destiny, Florida State is simply a team of talent and focus.
The national title will be a battle between destiny and domination.
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