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Episode 147 – Jameis Winston suspended and a Week 4 Preview

Is Florida State really sending Heisman Trophy winning, national champion quarterback Jameis Winston a message by suspending him for the first half of this weekend’s home game against Clemson? Is there a chance Winston’s absence from the first half against the Tigers will ultimately have an impact? I have gone on record suggesting Florida State should be able to manage to get by with Sean Maguire under center, because I do not believe Jimbo Fisher is going to risk doing too much with Maguire if he does not have to.

Winston was suspended by Florida State for a pattern of poor decisions, with his recent outbursts of vulgarity around Florida State’s campus being the supposed final straw. Here’s hoping, at least. Whatever you think about Winston being suspended, it is painfully obvious the time to start making better decisions is now for Winston. I like to think it is never too late to make changes, so I hope this serves as the eye opener he needs to come to that realization. Regardless, Florida State faces a stiff challenge this week from ACC Atlantic foe Clemson. My question is, how much value does this game truly hold for the Seminoles and their national championship repeat bid? Couldn’t Florida State afford to lose once, just once this season? Yes, probably, although it certainly helps the cause if Clemson is not the team playing for an ACC title, or does it really not matter to the College Football Selection Committee?

This is one of the themes to this episode of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. As I have said time and time again, we just do not know how this will all work out in the end. There is so much football to be played and enjoyed, so why bother attempting to predict which four teams and who the fifth team standing in the green room is? Why not just let things play out rather than make a case for Alabama over LSU or Oklahoma over a one-loss Michigan State.

Joining me on the podcast once again is Andy Coppens of Talking 10 (Twitter, Facebook) and Madtown Badgers (Twitter, Facebook). In addition to all of the topics above, Andy and I skip around the Top 25 and touch on a number of the match-ups this coming weekend, including the Thursday night game between Kansas State and Auburn. If you are listening to this after Thursday, no worries. There is plenty to talk about. As always, I invite you to leave your feedback in the comment section, or to send me a message on Twitter.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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  1. […] Each week of the season I will be providing a Heisman Trophy commentary for CBS Local. Look for it on your CBS Local website or check here for a quick excerpt and links. For more on the recent Winston suspension news, listen to yesterday’s podcast. […]