2014 BCS National Championship: A Quick Look at FSU’s Schedule Thus Far
War Eagle and welcome one and all! This is my first post on the Track ‘Em Tigers site, and I love what Jay and his staff have done for so long. It is great to read and interact with other Auburn fans. This will be a quick first post, but something I wanted to mention particularly about FSU.
With all the dominate wins FSU has had, it will be quite a test for this Auburn team. Jameis Winston and the ‘Noles are certainly to be reckoned with, but there has been something that has bothered me about them. Though it’s not really the team.
It’s their schedule.
Granted it’s not their fault from a scheduling aspect (conference wise anyway), but the only time they have had the big stage would be against Clemson.
Here’s FSU’s opponent’s win-loss totals by team (* denotes a FCS school):
Pitt 6-6; Nevada 4-8; Bethune-Cookman* 10-3; Boston College 7-5; Maryland 7-5; Clemson 10-2; NC State 3-9; Miami (FL) 9-3; Wake Forest 4-8; Syracuse 6-6; Idaho 1-11; Florida 4-8; Duke 10-3
Total W-L: 81-77 (71-74 against FBS opponents)
In comparison, here is Auburn’s by team:
Washington State 6-6; Ark. State 7-5; Miss. State 6-6; LSU 9-3; Ole Miss 7-5; Western Carolina* 2-10; Texas A&M 8-4; FAU 6-6; Arkansas 3-9; Tennessee 5-7; Georgia 8-4; Alabama 11-1; Missouri 11-2
Total W-L: 89-68 (87-58 against FBS opponents)
Five FBS teams that have a losing record played FSU. In comparison, Auburn just has two FBS teams. In essence, Florida State should have blown out their opponents. Anything less should have caused questions to be raised about this team. Give them credit for taking care of business every week. It just makes me wonder how that team will handle big time pressure.
There are more points to talk, such as Auburn’s secondary defending FSU’s WRs, a possibly Heisman layover for Winston, and much more until Jan. 6th.
The journey is still long for this Auburn team and its family. All I know is I’m glad to be part of an upswing on this ride that is twenty years and counting.
Until then, War Eagle!