Even though it may be the sunshine state, the sun has not been shining in Tallahassee.
Yet, after Saturday’s squandering over the Wolfpack, the Seminoles improved to 5-3 (3-2). The sun has started rising again and hopefully it’s here to stay. The Noles’ embarrassed NC State in a 34-0 shutout, sparking some confidence in their talented lockeroom. EJ Manuel looked precise going for 321 yards through the air along with 2 TDs (1 INT). Even though Devonte Freeman scored early in the first, he stuck to his old ways with only 7 carries for an unnoticeable 16 yards.
On the other side of the field, NC State looked lifeless not putting any points on the board. I may have spoken highly on Mike Glennon, but today he couldn’t throw a rock in the ocean. Glennon completed 19 of 35 pass attempts only averaging 3.7 yards per completion. Also, Glennon threw for no touchdowns and 2 INT, the second one not being his fault entirely. Glennon also fumbled on a mishandled snap out of the shotgun, all in all a sloppy game from beginning to end by the man under center. The Wolfpack had a total of 166 yards countered by Florida State’s 443 yards from scrimmage.
The Seminole’s top ranked ACC defense looked strong out of the gate and kept the pace going all throughout the game. The stat of the day goes to the run defense who held NC State to 36 yards rushing on 28 carries, worth around 1.3 yards per carry (that’s just disgusting).
Well, just as I had mentioned earlier in the week FSU needed Clemson to drop its next 3 ACC matchups for the possibility of the Noles’ heading to Charlotte. And the Tigers did just that by suffering their first loss of the season to a tough Yellow Jackets team out of Georgia Tech, 31-17. Yet, it still looks unlikely that Clemson will drop their next two games, but crazier things have happened. They face Wake Forest at home, a team that shocked the Seminoles earlier in the season, 35-30. And after that they head to Raleigh to face NC State, who hopefully can have a better game than the one they played today (not just a better game, a completely opposite game). Hope is still alive in Tallahassee for a possible BCS birth, because through many encounters as a sports fan, I have learned dreams never die.
Jimbo Fisher has led this football squad to 3 straight victories outscoring opponents by 84 points (116-32). Seminole fans can keep their spirits boosted for this week, but the team plays on a short practice week as they face the Boston College Eagles this Thursday, November 3rd at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. The Eagles are having a disappointing year at 2-6, but toppled Maryland 28-17 on Saturday (not that this is any type of achievement), and look to compete in front of their home crowd on national television in prime-time.
The most exciting thing in sports is the impropable comeback, and in the highest of hopes we could have one this year.
So let’s Cowboy up and believe in the Noles’.
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Written by Corey Rioux
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