Noles News 08.07.11

Noles News was absent Friday but is back in a big way this morning!


My reaction to  FSU being ranked #5 to start the year?  I have no problem with that.  I've repeatedly said that FSU should be ranked somewhere between 4 and 14.  

As to the notion that FSU only plays two ranked teams.  If Clemson beats Auburn, they will be ranked.  And N.C. State will definitely be ranked before they play FSU (5-2 at the worst).  I expect FSU to play four ranked opponents and three additional bowl teams, and that is before the conference championship game, in which FSU will play a ranked opponent. I project FSU will play four or five games against opponents who are ranked at the time of the game.

Pre-Snap Read: The importance of Florida State
Paul does the damn thing. Read it.

Crystal Ball Run Top 10: No. 5 Florida State Seminoles | August
The Florida State Seminoles, check in at No. 5 in the Crystal Ball Run Preseason Top 10.

Watch out 'Bama: Top 10 trap games of 2011 - NCAA Football -

7. Florida State at Clemson, Sept. 24: The computer that built the ACC schedule didn't do Florida State any favors here. Florida State fans are buzzing every day about Oklahoma's arrival in Tallahassee on Sept. 17. If the Seminoles win they become a dark horse for the national championship. One problem: They have to go to Death Valley the following Saturday. Clemson doesn't have it any better. The Tigers will be recovering from what will be a very physical home game against Auburn.

Florida State football blurring conference lines - Tallahassee Florida State Seminoles |
With yet another huge commitment breaking in favor of the Florida State Seminoles, the rebuilding dynasty is starting to more aggressively ruffle the feathers of SEC fans.

Florida State 3 position battles: Florida State's 3 toughest position battles -
Florida State opens camp Monday with one of the deepest rosters it has had in recent years. As a result of the depth, the Seminoles have several position battles, particularly on defense. Here is a closer look at 3 of the toughest position battles they will have this August.

Fall Camp Preview: WRs and CBs
Not a bad preview here. Hunter, Smith, and Brutus all to start out at corner. The losers of that battle will become safeties.

20 minutes with Jameis Winston
On Birmingham radio. Good stuff. Really get a feel for his personality.


2011 Clemson Pre-Camp OL Analysis - Shakin The Southland

We expect this line to build on adequate pass protection a year ago.  While there were some individual mistakes, the overall pass protection was acceptable for the most part and would have been better had Kyle Parker been more patient and learned to feel pressure and step up in the pocket. I am sure that will be an item that Morris works on with Boyd. We're looking for added intensity run blocking. Clemson looked flat in this area at times last season and never seemed aggressive nor did Clemson come out and push the opponent around. In conjunction, we weren't very physical and it showed-particularly in the red zone, a hallmark of Brad's line over the years.  A major focus coming out of fall drills will be Caldwell's ability to get this group to be a tougher, more physical, get after your ass offensive line...something we haven't seen in Tigertown for quite some time. An offense can only go as far as the OL can take it, and ours has been mediocre for most of this decade.

Miami Hurricanes ‘freight train’ Malcolm Bunche ready for challenge at left tackle - UM -
Malcolm Bunche – a lean, mean 6-7 and 318 pounds – has never played a down in college, but he goes into preseason camp as UM’s new left tackle. He looks forward to the challenge. I think this kid will be very good.

Stage is set for N.C. State QB Glennon | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper
N.C. State begins practice for its fifth football season under coach Tom O'Brien today, arguably in the program's best position since quarterback Philip Rivers' senior season eight years ago. Five questions for the 'Pack.

Five Questions: Duke
Question one is the most important. 

UNC Does NOT Have to be Sentenced to Football Purgatory " Tar Heel Fan
Good look there.

Positions to Watch as Virginia Tech Starts Fall Football Practice Thursday - Gobbler Country
Your best source for quality Virginia Tech Hokies news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

Jay Jay McCullough Commits to Clemson - Shakin The Southland
A talented, but raw h-back type.

Denzel McCoy Is Done With Football Due To Medical Condition - From The Rumble Seat
Sad. Really sad. FSU recruited this kid pretty hard too.

With practice looming, time for old, new Tigers to learn Morris' offense "
With a cadre of speedy newcomers, learning and polishing offense will be critical over next month.

Other CFB

A 1997 COLUMNIST REVIEWS THE 2011 COACHES POLL - Every Day Should Be Saturday
This is priceless.

Pre-Snap Read: #31- UCF

U.C.F. is loaded for another conference title run. There’s very little standing in this team’s way on the field, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least wonder if the wrongful death suit that defined the program’s summer will hang over the Knights in the fall. I really don’t think it will, since all is forgotten once a team steps between the white lines; still, it’s something to consider. But that’s not the reason why I had U.C.F. at No. 20 after last season and have the Knights at No. 31 heading into 2011. Quite simply, it’s going to be hard for U.C.F. to win another 11 games, thanks to a slightly tougher schedule and a few personnel concerns. You can’t control the former, and U.C.F. should actually embrace the tougher slate that awaits come September — embracing shots at Boston College and B.Y.U., among a few others. As for the latter, the Knights do have some concerns at receiver and along the front seven, especially at linebacker. I’m not overly worried about the defensive line, especially if the two returning ends continue their production — if not improve upon it — as full-time starters. But the departed linebackers were a vital piece of the defense last fall, and the Knights don’t have optimal experience returning on the outside. To be honest, this is me nitpicking. U.C.F. has loads of talent, a great young quarterback, an experienced  coaching staff and solid depth nearly throughout: receiver, strong safety and outside linebacker notwithstanding. The Knights are really good — like second-best in Conference USA good, just behind Houston. Nine wins should be attainable even with a pair of tough non-conference games and road games against S.M.U. and Southern Mississippi.
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