Five biggest questions for FSU

A look at biggest keys for Seminoles to repeat as national champs

Updated: February 10, 2014, 5:04 PM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

Jameis WinstonStephen Dunn/Getty ImagesCan FSU quarterback Jameis Winston win back-to-back Heisman trophies?

The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles are coming off one of the more dominating seasons in college football history, breaking the NCAA record for total points scored in a season (723) and outscoring their opponents by an average of 40 points per game. While the Noles will most likely start the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, here are the five biggest questions they must answer in 2014 if they want to be the winner of the first College Football Playoff.

1. Can Jameis Winston duplicate last year's Heisman-winning performance?

Last season Winston became the second straight redshirt freshman to take home the Heisman, but like all past returning Heisman winners he faces a steep hill if he wants to become just the second two-time winner (Archie Griffin, 1974-75).

First, Winston will be judged against the gaudy stats he put up last year, as he completed 67 percent of his passes with 40 touchdowns. Any decrease in production will likely result in a failed attempt to repeat. We have seen recent winners Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel fail to produce the same type of numbers (particularly rushing yards) in the following season after taking home the trophy. Winston will also have to lead the Noles to another top-five finish to have a chance, as quarterbacks are judged by wins and losses much more so than any other position.


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