College Football's New Look

Jarrett, who had 11 tackles for loss from his tackle position last season, says the defense still has a chip on its shoulder and believes this unit can match the standard of the great Clemson defenses from the 1980s.

"Everybody was looking at Clemson as being an offensive team," Jarrett said. "We're not trying to compare ourselves to anybody, but those Clemson defenses paved the way to how Clemson defense should be played. That's where we want to get back to."

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State has the best player in the country in quarterback Jameis Winston, who has managed to stay out of trouble for this entire month.

The Seminoles have one of the best tight ends in the nation in Nick O'Leary, a Mackey Award finalist who hasn't gotten in a motorcycle accident in nearly seven weeks.

Florida State has one of most physically talented defensive linemen in the country in Mario Edwards Jr., who waited until the end of his sophomore season to begin to fulfill the potential that made him ESPN's top recruit in 2012.

The point is, with 14 starters returning from the first undefeated national champion in three seasons, Florida State is an obvious favorite to win the first College Football Playoff -- as long as the Seminoles can stay out of their own way.

"We got a different team," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "But how can we learn from [last season] to be able to repeat performance? Because that's what you have to, to be a champion, you have to keep repeating performance."

Fisher had in mind his team's performance on the field, when the Seminoles won their first 13 games by at least two touchdowns and averaged 51.6 points per game. He had in mind the fight the Seminoles showed in clawing back from a 21-3 deficit to defeat Auburn 34-31 in the BCS National Championship.

But Fisher made that comment in March, before Winston was cited for shoplifting $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish last month, nearly five months after he escaped being prosecuted for sexual assault, and before O'Leary suffered his second motorcycle accident in 11 months.

The Seminoles also have one of the most experienced offensive lines in the nation (113 returning starts), a veteran threat in senior wideout Rashad Greene, the returning Lou Groza Award winner in redshirt sophomore Roberto Aguayo, and the list goes on and on. We will learn if Florida State can keep from beating itself.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Running backs have become about as popular in the NFL draft as the Kardashians are in the Hamptons.

A running back wasn't selected in draft until the Tennessee Titans chose former Washington star Bishop Sankey with the 54th pick, making 2014 the first year in the common draft era without a running back going in the top 50.

Georgia's Todd Gurley, who might be the best college running back in the country, spent spring practice trying to recover from an ankle injury that hobbled him for much of last season. If Gurley is healthy this coming season, he might prove to NFL teams that he's worthy of a much higher selection.

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