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Rapid Recap – Seminoles fall to 0-2 after home loss to NC State

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The Florida State Seminoles have started the season 0-2 after losing 27-21.The mood will be somber in Tallahassee after the Wolfpack on the road outlasted the Noles.

The Seminoles on offense started a bit slow trying to get James Blackman in a rhythm. Blackman would go on to throw for 139 yards in the first half and a slick touchdown pass.

The running game failed to be established early on as Cam Akers led the way with 39 yards. The offensive line had its share of issues keeping the veteran Wolfpack line off Blackman. Ricky Aguayo missed a 30-yard chip shot which was followed by an NC State touchdown where Derwin James was caught on a missed tackle.

The defense shockingly is what help the Noles up early as Jakobi Meyers, and Jaylen Samuels got the best of the unit.
To start the second half Blackman dropped a beautiful deep ball onto Auden Tate who went out with a shoulder injury right after. The drive would stall after that leading to another field goal.

The defense did seem to get a much needed interception on a tipped pass that Derwin James came up with. The pick was negated by a pass interference and the drive ended in a field goal for the Wolfpack. Jacob Pugh was then ejected for a questionable targeting call on the next defensive possession.


The next offensive possession for the Noles Blackman again threw another pretty deep ball this time hitting George Campbell for 60 yards. After back to back sacks though the drive would end in another field goal making the game 20-16.
On the next defensive possession, the Noles failed to get off the field. The result was one of the best play calls you’ll see. A fake pitch to an inside shovel pass to the do it all Samuels.

After FSU pinned the Wolfpack at their 5 the issuing snapped resulted in a safety cutting the lead to 27-18.
A few possessions later the Noles came up with a huge blocked punt. 2 drops by Keith Gavin led to another field goal making the game 27-21.

The Noles chose to kick the ball deep and it came back to haunt them. Once again on a big third down, the Noles defense failed to get the stop.

Coming into the game we expected the FSU defense to dominate and the offense to struggle. What we saw was the FSU defense getting caught by the misdirection yet again. For the Noles its time to regroup and get ready for Wake Forrest.

This is the first time Florida State has started the season 0-2 since 1989 when they lost to Brett Favre’s Southern Miss squad. It also marks the first time Jimbo Fisher has lost a home opener since coming to Tallahassee. He had been 7-0.


Josh Ciganek is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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FSU and LSU announced two game neutral site series Tuesday

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In an effort to continue to beef up their out-of-conference schedules, FSU announced on Tuesday that they will play newly-crowned National Champion, LSU in two neutral site games coming soon in 2022 and 2023.

The Seminoles made the announcement through social media and their website that they will be playing the “Bayou Bengals” first in New Orleans and then, in Orlando:

Both teams will be given the benefit of essentially a “home-away-from-home neutral-site game” on Labor Day weekend. LSU considers New Orleans to be their second home and just won the College Football Playoff National Championship game over Clemson there on January 12.

The first game with the Noles will be on Saturday night September 4th, 2022.

FSU will, then play “hosts” in Orlando against the Tigers the following year on Saturday night September 3rd. The Noles recently played a season-opening game with Ole Miss, whom they defeated, at Camping World Stadium in 2016.

New Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell had this to say in the school statement about adding the games coming soon,

“I’m excited about this series,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “Florida State has a rich tradition in Louisiana, the home of many former Seminoles including Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor, and all three of our national championship teams had at least one player from Louisiana. It continues to be an important area for us now. We added two players from Louisiana in our first signing class, and it will be great for them and other future Noles to be able to play back in their home state.

This series matches two of the iconic brands in college football, and I know our fans will have a great time in New Orleans and Orlando. I want to thank our administration for all their hard work on this and for continuing to pursue first-class experiences for our student-athletes.”

These will be the 10th and 11th times that Florida State and LSU will meet. The Noles hold a 7 – 2 advantage, including winning four straight games in the series. It is the first time the two schools will have played since 1991.

Further, Florida State is 9 – 2 in their last 11 games opening a season on a neutral field. The Seminoles were to have played Boise State in Jacksonville last Labor Day weekend, but the threat of Hurricane Dorian moved the game to Tallahasse.

That’s where the Broncos upset the Seminoles and sent coach Willie Taggart into a second year spiral that resulted in his firing in November.

The Noles are also 8 – 2 all-time in games  at the Superdome with the most prominent one coming in the BCS Championship Game win over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.

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Deion tells Dan Patrick he’d consider coaching Hurricanes

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NFL Hall of Famer and former Seminoles All-American defensive back Deion Sanders is making the rounds for broadcast outlets at Super Bowl 54 in Miami,. And it’s not just his NFL Network duties that made some news on Tuesday. Rather, it’s an interview, where he expressed more desire for coaching college football and maybe, even in the city where he currently is working this week.

Sanders appeared on The Dan Patrick television – radio show Tuesday in advance of the 49ers and the Chiefs meeting for pro football’s title at Hard Rock stadium Sunday night.

And, while most of the interview centered around the NFL and the Super Bowl match-up, Patrick naturally turned to Deion’s desire to apparently be a head coach in college football and maybe, as soon as next year.

This subject came up after Sanders was apparently under consideration to possibly be the new head coach at FSU, when they fired Willie Taggart in early November. The school and AD David Coburn did confirm that they had a serious formal discussion with “Prime Time” about building a staff, etc.

That’s when Patrick turn the questioning to Sanders’ son and what might test his loyalty to FSU and possibly, coaching at a hated-rival like the University of Miami.

“What if ‘The U’ called?” Patrick asked.

“You know what is so funny, cuz I saw that when I was watching you on television (earlier in the day when Patrick said he would ask Sanders about Miami). My son is a phenomenal quarterback. My youngest son. He has a plethora of offers. We’re going to visit ‘The U’ on Saturday,” Sanders said.

“But would you coach the U?,” Patrick quickly asked again.

“You know what. You never know,” Sanders replied leaving the door open, like most do.

“Are you a ‘package deal’ with your son,” asked Patrick?

“I’ve never been a package deal with any-body,” Sanders shot back, which drew laughter from the studio audience at Patrick’s Super Bowl show site.

Now, the Hurricanes have obviously floundered for much of the 2010s, including 2019 with first-year coach Manny Diaz struggling mightily down the stretch of his first season. Miami lost it’s final two games to finish 6 – 6, and then, were shutout humiliatingly by Louisiana Tech 14 – 0 in the Independence Bowl.

Miami has swapped offensive coordinators after Diaz fired Dan Enos after just his first season. The Canes have hired former Auburn and SMU play-caller Rhett Lashlee to replace him. And, they secured Houston dual threat transfer QB D’Eriq King for this season.

Sanders was a two-time All-American at Florida State (1987, ’88), and won the Jim Thorpe Award during his final season playing for the Seminoles in 1988. He was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Atlanta Falcons and played in the NFL through the 2005 season.

His elite level of play earned him inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sanders has been analyst for the NFL Network for the past 10 years and clearly has the desire to try something else.

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