A Look Around The College Football Weekend That Was

If you didn't read my game re-cap, please do so first.  We said FSU would treat this game as a scrimmage and that is exactly what happened.

Avoid The Lookahead!

I don't often buy into the emotional or effort angles in college football, but one I do buy into is the "lookahead."  Texas and Oklahoma match up next weekend, but the bloom is off the rose as Texas choked at home to UCLA by three touchdowns.  Oklahoma toyed with Cincinnati on the road and pulled out another tight one.  Lookahead games are not lost on Saturday, but rather on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Florida State fits this profile this week with a trip to a very physical, disciplined and hungry Virginia team that the 'Noles must beat before thinking about Miami. The 'Noles are 7-point favorite for the Noon game.     

FSU is still unranked and at this point it doesn't deserve to be ranked.  Another win might do the trick.  

Hard Luck Bulldogs

Georgia lost at Mississippi State last night 24-12 to drop to 0-3 in SEC play.  While both teams moved the ball with similar success, Georgia committed many dumb penalties and made mental errors characteristic of all the teams coached by Bowdens.  I wrote back in April that Mark Richt at UGA is good for FSU.  Richt got his new defensive coordinator after the old one was fired despite not being awful (UGA's offense set the defense up in many an awful situation).  Will a freshman quarterback, a new defensive coordinator, and a promising recruiting class be enough to save Richt's job?  FSU fans sure hope so because FSU can handle a very good coach at UGA, but it can't handle an elite head Dawg.  I think UGA will rebound from the 1-3 start to go 7-5 give or take a game.  UGA is not nearly as bad as their fans are making it out to be.  They've lost three tough SEC games, two of which were on the road.    Still, FSU fans have to like the prospects of nabbing a Georgia recruit or two.  Even if Richt stays, how can a prospect trust that he will be there for the next few years.  

Les Miles

Les Miles might be the worst head coach in America.  Seriously.  Do these LSU teams not remind you of the 2002-2005 FSU teams?  Both had ridiculous talent and wasted it. The defense is constantly bailing out the offense. The offense is way underachieving with no flow. The offensive line is soft. The QBs look lost. The offense often forgets to run the ball. Receivers not running crisp routes at all. An insane number of mental errors and dumb penalties. Awful clock management.  And both won games at the end with a few explosive plays that have everything to do with athleticism and nothing to do with coaching.

2nd-Year Coaches

FSU fans have to like the promising performances put on by 2nd-year head coaches Dan Mullen (Miss State), Gene Chizik (Auburn), and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).  All three have been in tough battles and their teams have played well relative to their respective talent levels.  

Odds & Ends

Five Good Minutes With Michael Kelly, ACC's Associate Commissioner For Communications And Football Operations - BC Interruption
Today we welcome a special guest to the blog, the ACC's Associate Comissioner for Communications and Football Operations, Michael Kelly. Michael was kind enough to sit down with us and talk ACC football television coverage, future ACC football schedules, the conference's Represent ACC marketing campaign and get his early thoughts on this year's ACC Championship Game in Charlotte.  Excellent Interview!

Florida State, Miami need to concentrate on ACC titles, not national titles – Open Mike – Orlando Sentinel
The first-year head coach said something the other day that Seminoles fans should love to hear — and need to hear. He said the ACC season, which begins Saturday against Wake Forest, is what truly matters. "The preseason is over," he stressed. That’s right, he essentially called Oklahoma and Brigham Young exhibition games.  Here, here. It’s about time fans and coaches at Florida State and Miami started thinking and talking about winning conference championships first and foremost. Forget about national titles. Those are gravy. Conference championships are the turkey and dressing of college football. They are the traditional main course. They are what college football was built upon. Of course Florida State and Miami’s programs evolved differently. Those schools became powerhouses as independents and their programs were  built upon winning national championships. That’s what their coaches talked about and what their players strived for. Even when the schools first joined conferences – FSU in the ACC and Miami in the Big East —  they so thoroughly dominated their new leagues that winning conference titles seemed like no big deal. But that all changed when the ACC expanded six years ago. Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech joined the league and a conference championship game was added. Suddenly, the league became much more competitive and cutthroat. Florida State has played for the league title only once since then; Miami has yet to make the conference championship game.

ACC Succumbs to Over Scheduling
"I guess you can point to a lot of those, things. Some of those matchups, in particular, weren’t real favorable," ABC/ESPN analyst Ray Bentley told host Taylor Zarzour on The Morning Sports Drive on AM620 in Raleigh on Monday morning. "It’s a tough one to figure out. I do think there’s definitely talent in the ACC, and there’s good football teams, but the matchups have not served them very so far early on in this season."

Four ESPNU 150 safeties highlight the top defensive prospects from the state of Florida - ESPN
Taking up residence Here are the colleges doing the best with defensive prospects from Florida. Florida State FSU has done well in-state since Jimbo Fisher took over the reins in Tallahassee. In hopes of producing a stingy Seminoles defense, FSU has held on to some of the best defensive backs in its own backyard. Williams and Smith are two of the biggest and most athletic in the country. Smith's teammate, Lamarcus Brutus (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast), is another top-15 safety committed to FSU and may be the most instinctive of the trio. Lawrence-Stample could be the wild card in this defensive class and will be joined by fellow Florida DT prospect Derrick Mitchell (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), an active and versatile defensive lineman. Remember this name DT Nile Lawrence-Stample (Davie, Fla./Nova) The Seminoles were one of the first programs to offer this one-time sleeper who has a lot of ability to develop in Tallahassee. An intriguing prospect to evaluate, Lawrence-Stample showed flashes of great athleticism playing linebacker at roughly 265 pounds last fall, but lacked a lot of experience with his hand on the ground as a projected defensive tackle. The now 300-pounder may take some time to polish in regards to hand technique and pass-rushing skill set, but Lawrence-Stample has rare athleticism at that size you can't coach. For a defender with his bulk, he is quick in the short area and should be able to create some disruption in the trenches if deployed in a shade technique as a one-gap defender. What makes you believe this ESPNU 150 DT has a chance to be a difference-maker up front is the evidence of good speed, burst and lateral quickness he shows for such a wide-bodied defender. 

Noles Special Teams Are Special So Far : ScalpEm.com
Nice look at FSU's special teams by NoleCC!

Florida State's Xavier Rhodes strikes gold as a cornerback - St. Petersburg Times GREAT STORY
He's extremely physical," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I mean, he's a physical guy. He hits you like a linebacker. Some of the best hits we had in our preseason scrimmages were by him.  READ THIS ARTICLE

Draft Breakdown
13. Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder – QB – Florida State While this is probably a reach for the Vikings, they just can’t afford to miss out on a young quarterback this season. If they wait until the second round, they’d be looking at second tier QBs, if they’re even available then. Ponder’s no slouch, however. Matched with a strong defense, excellent running game and solid passing threats, Ponder should have a smoother transition than many other rookie QBs.

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