Auburn was a prominent talking point in Jimbo Fisher’s Monday press conference.
The Florida State coach was asked why offenses across the nation are having so much success this season.
“Because the rules are bent for them,” Fisher told reporters . “It’s illegal. What you do on offense right now is illegal. It should never be part of football and I am an offensive guy. When you can have a lineman go three yards down the field and it’s a pass, there’s something wrong with that.”
Fisher and the Seminoles were tasked with facing such an offense during the 2014 national championship game, but were able to top the Tigers, 34-31 at the Rose Bowl.
But had rules against such an offense been implemented, it would have been Alabama –not Auburn — playing Florida State.
“It cost Alabama a national championship,’ Fisher said. “When we played Auburn for the national championship they had a lineman seven yards down the field on a pass. They threw it and tied it up before the Kick Six. It would have never been there. Should have been illegal. Last year when they played Ole Miss, remember the game on TV, they had a guy six yard [down the field].”
Fisher continued to use Alabama as an example throughout his presser, and pointed to the Crimson Tide allowing 43 points to Ole Miss this season and 40 to Clemson in 2015.
“It doesn’t matter, he said. “When you get into those schemes it’s going to happen because the rules of how you play defense, you’re outnumbered.”