"This whole week has been very high emotion," said Winston, who was not charged after a sexual-assault investigation, a state attorney announced Thursday. "We wanted to win this championship so bad. We were looking forward to having an undefeated season."
Now, the Seminoles will have 30 days to prepare for Auburn. Florida State, which leads FBS teams in scoring defense (11 points per game) and allowed seven points or fewer in seven of 13 contests, will try to slow down the "Gus Bus" at the Rose Bowl. The Tigers have averaged 47.8 points in their past four games and ran for 1,608 yards in those games -- more than 27 FBS teams totaled in their entire 12-game seasons.
"This is one of the best defenses I've ever been around," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.
Fisher will learn if it's a national championship-caliber defense in about a month.