Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: If Winston loses, would Auburn stand to benefit?
by Mark Edwards
Dec 04, 2013 | 1737 views |  0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is favored to win the Heisman. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is favored to win the Heisman. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
If Florida State, Ohio State and Auburn win their conference championship games Saturday, should unbeaten FSU and OSU play for the national title and leave out the once-beaten Tigers?

What if FSU suffers a loss today in the legal arena?

Prosecutors are prepared to announce today whether they will charge Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston in connection with a sexual assault committed about a year ago.

The FSU student-athlete code of conduct says a student charged with a felony isn’t eligible to play sports, except in extraordinary circumstances. (We’ll see if Winston is charged and the school decides this is an extraordinary circumstance.)

Winston has led FSU to a 12-0 season and a No. 1 ranking, and nobody can dispute he has played a large role in the Seminoles’ successful season. Should FSU be judged the same by voters in the polls, if they don’t have the guy who got them to this point?

Should voters go ahead and vote FSU, which would be down to its third-string quarterback, into the BCS National Championship Game? (Their No. 2 quarterback is out for the year with a knee injury.)

Or should voters demote FSU in favor of Auburn?

It wouldn’t be “un-American” of any voter who keeps a Winston-less FSU team at No. 1. But could you blame anyone who quietly slides the Seminoles down to No. 3 on his ballot?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.

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