If you’re a Florida State fan right now you probably are not happy. It may look like it’s time to panic or the season is over and you’re ready for next season. Sadly this isn’t a video game where we can simulate the season and get all the injured players back.
The Noles are 0-2 for the first time since 1989. During that season they would finish strong winning out going 10-2. The question is can the 2017 team re-write history?
Let’s look at what the Noles can do to ride out this tough wave and get into calmer waters:
With 4 ranked teams on the schedule, FSU can potentially play its way back into contention.
It all starts this week, it’s time to get NC State and Bama out of view and focus on Wake Forest. A win Saturday gives the team momentum heading into the rivalry game with the Hurricanes. If they are able to defeat the Canes once again, it could spark a big uplift to a team that looks like they need it.
Following Duke, they host Lamar Jackson at home, and you know FSU wants to prove a point after last season’s beat down in Louisville. If all goes as planned the game vs Clemson could decide who goes to the ACC Championship. Clemson has a huge road game in Blacksburg this weekend that could give them their first conference loss.
For all of this to come to into fruition FSU will need to work on some things.
James Blackman (above) made some great throws downfield, but after those throws the drives stalled. Red Zone efficiency needs to be an area the Noles really look at. Six trips led to one red zone touchdown Saturday, and that percentage makes it tough to win at any level.
The run game took a step forward but we are waiting for the leap. The O-line as well needs to show improvement. The running game was better, as both Patrick and Akers had over 4 yards per attempt. They also only had 38 and 55 yards respectively, those numbers should only climb.
The O-line though had its struggles the Wolfpack do have one of the best D-lines in the conference and an underrated unit nationally. They had 4 sacks and plenty of hurries and hard hits on the young quarterback.
The defense did take a step back against the Wolfpack after the impressive showing vs the Tide. For now, we can say it was a one-week blunder. One thing that has plagued the defense has been motion and misdirection. The unit showed times of being great, but then would have a slip up, especially on big third downs last Saturday. Look for them to get back on track vs. the Demon Deacons.
All in all, yes a lot of this seems farfetched, but not impossible. The Noles still have a very talented roster and it’s only a matter of time until they start showing it. The question remains though can they string it together soon and get the season back on track?
It’s going to be a long climb back to the top the rest of 2017. Are they up to the challenge?
FSU and LSU announced two game neutral site series Tuesday
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:
Noles vs. Tigers set for '22/'23!!!https://t.co/nfLwLGhXE3
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) February 11, 2020
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.
Deion tells Dan Patrick he’d consider coaching Hurricanes
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.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 28, 2020
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.