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FSU football news: Jameis Winston an honorary captain for Florida State-Alabama

Jameis Winston, Bucs

Many have argued that the Florida State Seminoles facing the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend will dictate how the College Football Playoff looks at the end of the season. That hype alone should be enough to lure even the most casual of college football fans.

Well, it appears both schools are upping the ante. Jameis Winston will serve as an honorary captain for the Seminoles on Saturday, while Derrick Henry will do the same for the Crimson Tide. For those unaware of history, both of those guys are former Heisman Trophy winners.

Winston, currently the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led Florida State to the last of the BCS Championships. He went on to become the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers, where expectations are high on him to take the next step in becoming a franchise gunslinger.

As for Henry, he was a member of Alabama’s College Football Playoff national championship team in 2015. He’s also a two-time SEC champion.

Henry won his Heisman Trophy in 2015, and he took home a number of other awards including the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and Doak Walker Award. Henry currently plays in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, with another former Heisman Trophy winner in Marcus Mariota.

Alabama is ranked as the top team in the country with Florida State currently slotted as the third best in the nation. The game is scheduled to kick at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday evening. ABC will broadcast the game nationally.

Since the AP released a preseason poll in 1950, a total of 10 teams that started No. 1 went on to win the AP national championship.

Preseason top rankings are a great thing to get behind for fan bases, but it does not always mean success. The USC Trojans were the No. 1 ranked team in 2012, but finished the season not ranked in the AP Top 25.