Florida State is 9-0 this season and will most likely remain at No. 2 when the latest College Football Playoff rankings are released on Tuesday.
Most would concede that success has largely, although not entirely, been driven by the opportune play of QB Jameis Winston.
The redshirt sophomore hasn’t been that impressive overall — throwing 17 TDs to 11 interceptions — but he’s starred in comebacks against Notre Dame and Louisville, when the Seminoles needed him most.
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If anything, observers would look to the lack of a running game for most of the season and a defense that ranks 40th in the nation in yards per play.
Not Winston, however. He said any blame for FSU’s inconsistency this season can be pointed directly at him.
"I’m hurting this team," Winston said after beating Virginia this past weekend. "I really am.
"It’s not the offense starting slow now. It’s just me starting slow, throwing interceptions, and that has to change.
"I’ve got to stop turning the ball over, and we’ve got to start making some noise in the first half. My job as the leader of the team and as the quarterback of this team, I have to put both sides of the ball in good position to win the game."
Winston had two more interceptions against the Cavaliers. If FSU is to stay undefeated and reach the playoff, Winston knows he needs to ditch the picks, beginning this weekend against Miami.