Ask Mark: Can FSU repeat as champs?

June, 9, 2014
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ESPN.com columnist Mark Schlabach is stopping by the ACC blog this week to answer some of your most pressing questions about the league as it enters the 2014 season. You can tweet your questions to Mark here.

Mark: Even with Florida State losing so many star players from its national championship squad, I think the Seminoles are still in the driver’s seat in the ACC and should be in the mix to be one of the four teams in the College Football Playoff.

The FSU offense should again be very explosive, and it starts with Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. He has some nice weapons coming back in tight end Nick O'Leary and receiver Rashad Greene. What I really like about the FSU offense, though, is potentially having five senior starters on the offensive line.

I think the Seminoles’ biggest question mark is going to be on defense, but I’m not as much concerned about the talent as the leadership void. FSU lost some very vocal leaders in Lamarcus Joyner, Telvin Smith and Timmy Jernigan. Plus, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left for Georgia.

Mark Schlabach | email

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