Florida State won an easy game over Charleston Southern, 62-10. But it was far from a well played game by the Seminoles. FSU seemed to sense its superiority to the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern, and lacked intensity and focus.
The 'Noles offense scored 62 points, but did not look in sync for much of the night. FSU was flagged for double-digit penalties. Florida State rolled up 647 yards off offense on 79 plays, good for 8.2 yards-per-play. But much of the offensive production was a result of superior athleticism and not execution. The offensive line -- particularly the guards, did not work together as a unit. The offensive line was flagged for several penalties and did not run block well. QB E.J. Manuel was 24-35 for 330 yards, 4 TDs and an interception. Manuel made some nice throws, but also had several glaring mental errors.
In fairness, it should be noted that Manuel is a tremendous runner, and likely by order of coach Fisher, was not on display. As FSU fans have seen over the last two years, this is a different offense when Manuel's legs are the focal point.
The defense was dominant, holding Charleston Southern to 84 yards on 45 plays, an excellent 1.9 yards-per-play. There were mental lapses on defense as well, with defenders not playing their responsibility and trying to make a big play.
Despite the party line given to the media, FSU definitely worked on Oklahoma in practice this week. That approach does lend itself to discounting the current opponent. Still, this was not a great effort by the 'Noles.
Up Next: Oklahoma (8pm ABC)