In Unblemished Season, Sudden Challenge For FSU, Jameis Winston

Source: Dan Wolken/ USA Today

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What stands out the most is how easy this football season has looked for Florida State, from the first kickoff when few considered this team a championship contender all the way until last Sunday, when it took its place in line to play Alabama for the national title in January.

Blowout after blowout after blowout, this season for Florida State has looked like a freight train to Pasadena. And with no apparent challenges remaining on the field, it was hard to envision what might slow it down.

But now here comes an 11-month-old investigation, a heavily redacted police report and a haze of questions surrounding charismatic quarterback Jameis Winston, who seemed destined to win the Heisman Trophy. In the span of a whirlwind 24 hours, the re-emergence of an old accusation has done what Clemson and Miami couldn’t and provided an obstacle to Florida State’s perfection.

“I think we’ve had a lot of adversity (this season),” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday, the first time he took questions from reporters since the story surfaced. There’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than y’all know about. We’ve dealt with a lot of issues that go on during the season. Our guys understand adversity and will handle it.”

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