Four is the magic number for CFB


The best things in life seem to come fours. There are four bars in a Kit Kat and four presidents on Mount Rushmore. There are four seasons, four cardinal directions and four suits of playing cards.

Many of the greatest rock and roll bands were quartets: The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Kiss and Pink Floyd.

Three never seems to be enough, and five always seems to be too many.

College football has four downs, four quarters, four years of eligibility and, of course, the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. There's the 4-3 defense or the 3-4, and the most coveted measurement of any player might still be a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.

Finally, this coming season, the sport will have a four-team playoff to determine its national championship.

While the new system probably won't rid the sport of controversy, it gives two more teams a chance to win a national championship and finally settles the debate on the field.

Here's a look at what to expect this coming season, in fours, of course:

Four reasons FSU will defend its crown

1. Jameis Winston

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner completed 66.9 percent of his passes with 40 touchdown passes in 2013 -- in his first season as a starter. With another full offseason under his belt, Winston might be even better in Year 2.

2. Offensive line

The Seminoles will have to replace Bryan Stork, the 2013 Rimington Trophy winner as the country's top center, but they'll bring back four starters up front. The Seminoles expect to start five seniors on the line, including a dominant left side of tackle Cameron Erving and guard Josue Matias.

3. Roberto Aguayo

Legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden is probably still having nightmares about kickers, but Aguayo won the Lou Groza Award as the country's top kicker in 2013. He converted 21 of 22 field goals and an ACC record 94 extra points without a miss.

4. Karlos Williams

The former safety moved to tailback two games into the 2013 season and finished with 730 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards per carry. The senior from Davenport, Florida, takes over as the No. 1 tailback after Devonta Freeman left for the NFL.

Four reasons FSU won't defend its crown

1. Defensive attrition

FSU lost a ton of leadership on defense, including nose guard Timmy Jernigan, linebacker Telvin Smith and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner. Plus, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt unexpectedly left for the same job at Georgia.

2. Schedule

The Seminoles might still have the easiest path to the playoff of any team in a Power Five conference, but their nonconference schedule is more demanding this season. The Seminoles open the season against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas, and play home games against Notre Dame on Oct. 18 and Florida in the regular-season finale.

3. Pruitt was really that good

The Seminoles' transition from former defensive coordinator Mark Stoops (now Kentucky's coach) to Pruitt was nearly seamless in 2013. This coming season, FSU will have its third defensive coordinator in as many years, after coach Jimbo Fisher promoted linebackers coach Charles Kelly to coordinator.

4. More off-field troubles

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