Jameis Winston, Jimbo Fisher make 2013 Seminoles greatest team in Florida history

Sports columnist Mike Bianchi says FSU is the greatest football team in Florida history.

Some people just can't handle the truth.

It seemed pretty obvious to me when I wrote the column after Florida State completed its perfect season with a victory over Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game that the Seminoles were the greatest team in state history.

And, so, this is what I wrote:

"All hail the 2013 Florida State Seminoles – the most perfect football team in state history, and one of the most dominant teams of all-time."


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For some unknown reason, those honest, accurate words didn't sit well with all the Miami Hurricane homers like my colleague Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. They were outraged that I would rank the Seminoles not only ahead of the 2001 Hurricanes but also ahead of the '72 Dolphins. But we're going to forego the Dolphins today and debate why I believe the this year's Seminoles are more dominant than the Hurricanes of a dozen seasons ago. And by the time I'm through with this column, those supporting the 2001 'Canes will have seen their argument collapse like a Nevin Shapiro Ponzi scheme.

Let's start with the something the Hurricane homers so conveniently ignore: The facts.

FSU is the most statistically dominant national champion of the BCS era and the second-most dominant team of all-time. As I wrote in my original column, you have to go all the way back to the 1944 Army team of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis to find a team that blew out its opponent by a wider margin. That Army team beat opponents by an average of 52 points per game. This FSU team beat opponents by an average 40 points per game – a significantly wider margin than the 2001 'Canes (33 ppg).

The Seminoles blew out every team during the course of the regular season by at least two touchdowns. The 2001 'Canes couldn't even score an offensive touchdown in a nail-biting 18-7 victory over Boston College and needed a failed Virginia Tech two-point conversion in the regular-season finale to hold off the Hokies.

FSU scored more points this season than any team in the history of college football. In fact, going into the national title game, FSU's kicker Roberto Aguayo had more points by himself than the team's 13 previous opponents.

Don't get me wrong, the 2001 Miami team was a great team with lots of players who went onto to become NFL stars. Guess what? This FSU team will have lots of players who go on to become NFL stars, too.

But this argument isn't about which team has more NFL first-round draft picks; this is about which is the greater COLLEGE team. And you know and I know there are two things you need in college football to be considered the greatest of the great: You absolutely have to have a great coach and you have to have a great quarterback. This FSU team has both; that Miami team had neither.

Seriously, who would you rather have quarterbacking your team — Jameis Winston or Ken Dorsey? This is akin to asking the question of your wife on Valentine's Day: Where would you like to go to dinner – Ruth's Chris or Golden Corral? Nothing wrong with Golden Corral. They have great meat loaf and macaroni and cheese on their bottomless buffet, but if you want to win the night, you choose Ruth's Chris every time.

Dorsey was a really good college quarterback; Winston — only the second freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy — is already one of the great college quarterbacks of all-time.

As far as coaches go, the Seminoles are coached by legend-in-the-making Jimbo Fisher, who last year lost six assistant coaches and a national-best 11 players to the NFL draft and still choreographed one of the most dominant seasons in history. The 2001 Hurricanes were coached by that old, bald guy who took predecessor Butch Davis's team and won a national title in his first season and got fired a few years later.

Finally, let's look at the team FSU beat to win the national title: The Seminoles defeated Southeastern Conference champion Auburn in one of the great college football games ever played and ended the big, bad SEC's streak of seven straight national champions.

Miami? In one of the worst championship games ever played, the 2001 'Canes blew out a Nebraska team that didn't even win its own conference and really had no business even being in the title game.

Case closed.

I've said it once and I'll say it again:

All hail the 2013 Florida State Seminoles – the most perfect football team in state history, and one of the most dominant teams of all-time.

mbianchi@tribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @BianchiWrites. Listen to his radio show every weekday from 6 to 9 a.m. on 740 AM.

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