Quick thoughts on FSU vs Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Jameis Winston, recently cleared of all charges, leads Florida State into their first Rose Bowl ever. However, the Seminoles did play in Pasadena last season when they beat Auburn in the BCS championship game.
Although Oregon is the higher seed, Florida State has a couple different things going for them that almost make them feel like they are the higher seed. First, they’ve been there before. The ‘noles are the defending national champions and have a spectacular pedigree. The last time they lost, Samantha Ponder was Samantha Steele.
It can’t be easy to win every game, especially when everyone is gunning for you and you play at least 3 pretty big rivalry games every season. Throw in the fact that your star player has had to deal with controversy after controversy and all the hoopla that came with the Heisman last year and the case for Florida State is strong.
Oregon probably has the best player in the game in qb Marcus Mariota. However, Mariota has never played in the Rose Bowl and has carried the media load of the Heisman this season. Either the attention has helped prepare him for the big stage or it has worn him down.
The only reason Florida State isn’t the number one seed is because they haven’t looked good while winning 29 in a row. That’s a little insane if you think about it.
Oregon is a 7.5 point favorite. I’m picking Florida State despite the spread. Maybe it’s my east coast bias coming through but Florida State has won my respect. They play ugly pro-style offense, inconsistent defense and it’s hard to be Jameis fan. However, we never really know about the PAC12 and Oregon has lost all american corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
Florida State has had several slow starts this season. A slow start against Oregon and Mariota, the Rose Bowl may be their Waterloo. I think they will be ready to play on defense and as long as Jameis doesn’t try to do too much, they have a real chance to squeak a win out, one more time.