Lately, Ive been reading where a lot of readers and fans think that next year is only going to be a slight improvement on this year. And that at most, FSU is going to win only 1 or 2 more.
I guess my problem with this is that FSU was really close to having a good record this year and competing for the ACC Championship.
In the Miami game, they were one play away from winning that game. Obviously the Fortson catch but also a key third down where Patrick Robinson missed a tackle that would have stopped a scoring drive for Miami.
In the BC game, one defensive stop in the fourth quarter and FSU would have this game.
In the GTech game, same as BC, one defensive stop in the fourth quarter and FSU would have won this game.
In the Clemson game, I really didnt think FSU had any business being in this game as close as they were, but they were still a Mister Alexander offsides call away from going up big and possibly winning that game.
That makes FSU a 10-2 team with losses to Florida, which the Noles werent going to win and S.Florida, which they came out flat and didnt play well at all (and I still think the phantom hold call on Ponder's TD toss really changed this game).
Yes, I know we could go the other way and say they were a few plays away from being 3-9, but the fact of the matter is, this was an elite offense that with a decent defense would have competed for the ACC crown.
So I feel that a slight improvement next year, is going to be a huge improvement in the overall record. People fail to see just how close FSU was from being a great team. A play here, a better defense there and this is a whole different year.
I think with an improved defense, an experienced offense and a new coaching staff, that the Noles are going to have a great season next year.