2014 BCS National Championship: A Quick Look at FSU’s Schedule Thus Far

By Posted on: December 8th, 2013 in Member Post 6 Comments »

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!

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  1. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    I am glad you raised the strength of schedule issue.

    We had to listen to experts chide us that bama was going to stop our run game because they only allowed 91 rushing yards per game. They were the best rushing defense in our little universe.

    We had to take the prognosticators tsk-tsking that Mizzou was going to shut down our run game because they were the second best rushing defense in existence.

    And now we have to endure the same disrespectful comments from the same talking heads. Really, they have a case of clinging to preconceived notions over what should be obvious current perception. They do not or will not change their previous mindset even though recent trends are clear.

    Auburn ran for 296 yards against bama. Auburn ran for 545 yards against Mizzou.

    I am guessing you will raise other such topics for rumination over the coming weeks. Sounds like a good idea for a bunch of articles.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      BUT THEY’RE ONE DIMENSIONAL, PAAAWWWWLLLLLL!

    • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

      If Auburn keeps up with its two game trend it will generate 841 yards rushing against FSU. It’s only fitting that FSU assumed Mizzous position as 14th best Run D in the country. The Gus Bus is being replaced by the Malzahn Maserati!

  2. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    I haven’t had time to research a post I am writing about how good this team is or how good Fla St. REALLY is but I will spill the beans on the last line of the post. AU by 2 touchdowns.

  3. win4au says:

    This game makes me nervous. But come to think of it, so did GA, so did Bama and so did Mizzou. BTW, I visited Tomahawk Nation (or whatever it’s called). Yeah, I don’t think we are going to get any pre-BCS game friendly football banter with those folks. Wow, they’re rough!

  4. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    I did a spreadsheet of the overall offensive and defensive rankings of all Auburn’s andFSU’sopponents. I’ll post it when I figure out how :)