Dye-Gest: Preparing for the Seminoles

Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about Auburn as the Tigers prepare for the national championship game.

If Auburn fans are like me they are already having withdrawal symptoms with it being more than a week since the Tigers played a football game. Like a lot of folks I can't get enough of Coach Gus Malzahn's team that has been so much fun to watch this year.

Now that fall semester classes are finished the players are back on the field and the coaching staff will have the group's undivided attention until they break for Christmas. The Tigers will need to take advantage of the opportunity to get a good read on their opponent because this is a very talented Florida State team they will meet in the national championship game.

I went back and watched three or four of the Seminoles' games from this season and have been impressed with the overall athleticism on both offense and defense. Coach Jimbo Fisher has a very good team--no question about it.

I think when you compare them with the people that Auburn has played this year the teams that come to mind personnel-wise are LSU, Georgia and Alabama.

Offensively, FSU's skill people are very talented and they are playing behind an athletic offensive line. The running backs look solid. Maybe they don't have a runner like a Jeremy Hill, Todd Gurley or T.J. Yeldon, players the Tigers faced during SEC play, but all of their backs are good and I would say the quarterback, Jameis Winston, is the key to FSU's success.

It's well-documented how Winston won the Heisman Trophy this season. He has put up statistics that would be career years for almost any quarterback as his team has cruised to a 13-0 record and a No. 1 national ranking.

On the field Winston is mature beyond his years from a leadership, confidence and playing standpoint. Combine that with an exceptionally strong arm and you have a very dangerous quarterback for Auburn's defense to try to contain out in Pasadena on Jan. 6th.

Jameis Winston was a runaway winner in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

Defensively, the Seminoles are a solid football team and would be in any league, including the Southeastern Conference. They certainly dominated their opponents in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

They are very athletic up front and in the secondary where they have good cover guys. Watching them play against Duke, Clemson and Florida you just didn't see receivers running wide open against this group.

The Tigers will have to play as well as they have played all year, and possibly better, to have a chance to defeat an FSU team that not only has yet to lose a game this season, it has yet to be seriously challenged as it heads into game 14.

Both teams have had great seasons and will have plenty of time to prepare for what the other team does so it will be fascinating to see what these coaches come up with in their game plans when they meet in Pasadena. For me Jan. 6th can't get here soon enough. There have been some really good Auburn-FSU games over the years and this has the potential to be another one.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.

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\r\nNow that fall semester classes are finished the players are back on the field and the coaching staff will have the group's undivided attention until they break for Christmas. The Tigers will need to take advantage of the opportunity to get a good read on their opponent because this is a very talented Florida State team they will meet in the national championship game.\r\n

\r\nI went back and watched three or four of the Seminoles' games from this season and have been impressed with the overall athleticism on both offense and defense. Coach Jimbo Fisher has a very good team--no question about it.\r\n

\r\nI think when you compare them with the people that Auburn has played this year the teams that come to mind personnel-wise are LSU, Georgia and Alabama.\r\n\r\nOffensively, FSU's skill people are very talented and they are playing behind an athletic offensive line. The running backs look solid. Maybe they don't have a runner like a Jeremy Hill, Todd Gurley or T.J. Yeldon, players the Tigers faced during SEC play, but all of their backs are good and I would say the quarterback, Jameis Winston, is the key to FSU's success.\r\n

\r\nIt's well-documented how Winston won the Heisman Trophy this season. He has put up statistics that would be career years for almost any quarterback as his team has cruised to a 13-0 record and a No. 1 national ranking.\r\n

\r\nOn the field Winston is mature beyond his years from a leadership, confidence and playing standpoint. Combine that with an exceptionally strong arm and you have a very dangerous quarterback for Auburn's defense to try to contain out in Pasadena on Jan. 6th.\r\n

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\r\nJameis Winston was a runaway winner in the Heisman Trophy balloting.\r\n

\r\nDefensively, the Seminoles are a solid football team and would be in any league, including the Southeastern Conference. They certainly dominated their opponents in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.\r\n

\r\nThey are very athletic up front and in the secondary where they have good cover guys. Watching them play against Duke, Clemson and Florida you just didn't see receivers running wide open against this group.\r\n

\r\nThe Tigers will have to play as well as they have played all year, and possibly better, to have a chance to defeat an FSU team that not only has yet to lose a game this season, it has yet to be seriously challenged as it heads into game 14.\r\n

\r\nBoth teams have had great seasons and will have plenty of time to prepare for what the other team does so it will be fascinating to see what these coaches come up with in their game plans when they meet in Pasadena. For me Jan. 6th can't get here soon enough. There have been some really good Auburn-FSU games over the years and this has the potential to be another one.\r\n

\r\n(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)\r\n

\r\nEditor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.
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Now that fall semester classes are finished the players are back on the field and the coaching staff will have the group's undivided attention until they break for Christmas. The Tigers will need to take advantage of the opportunity to get a good read on their opponent because this is a very talented Florida State team they will meet in the national championship game.

I went back and watched three or four of the Seminoles' games from this season and have been impressed with the overall athleticism on both offense and defense. Coach Jimbo Fisher has a very good team--no question about it.

I think when you compare them with the people that Auburn has played this year the teams that come to mind personnel-wise are LSU, Georgia and Alabama.

Offensively, FSU's skill people are very talented and they are playing behind an athletic offensive line. The running backs look solid. Maybe they don't have a runner like a Jeremy Hill, Todd Gurley or T.J. Yeldon, players the Tigers faced during SEC play, but all of their backs are good and I would say the quarterback, Jameis Winston, is the key to FSU's success.

It's well-documented how Winston won the Heisman Trophy this season. He has put up statistics that would be career years for almost any quarterback as his team has cruised to a 13-0 record and a No. 1 national ranking.

On the field Winston is mature beyond his years from a leadership, confidence and playing standpoint. Combine that with an exceptionally strong arm and you have a very dangerous quarterback for Auburn's defense to try to contain out in Pasadena on Jan. 6th.

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Jameis Winston was a runaway winner in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

Defensively, the Seminoles are a solid football team and would be in any league, including the Southeastern Conference. They certainly dominated their opponents in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

They are very athletic up front and in the secondary where they have good cover guys. Watching them play against Duke, Clemson and Florida you just didn't see receivers running wide open against this group.

The Tigers will have to play as well as they have played all year, and possibly better, to have a chance to defeat an FSU team that not only has yet to lose a game this season, it has yet to be seriously challenged as it heads into game 14.

Both teams have had great seasons and will have plenty of time to prepare for what the other team does so it will be fascinating to see what these coaches come up with in their game plans when they meet in Pasadena. For me Jan. 6th can't get here soon enough. There have been some really good Auburn-FSU games over the years and this has the potential to be another one.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.

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