Noles News 09.21.11

Florida State practiced again yesterday. EJ Manuel was at practice, but he didn't practice. I'd be very surprised if he plays Saturday. FSU can also rest him for the bye week, at Wake and at Duke. There are 35 days from the time of injury to the Maryland game.

I wrote earlier that FSU could be without four of its top five receivers (Reed, Haulstead, Haggins and Shaw). Haulstead and Haggins are 100% out from what I understand. I am not confident that Reed will go, and while some people contend there is still a chance for Shaw, I doubt that as well. FSU will have a lot of playmaking ability on he field Saturday with Smith, Dent, Green and Greene, but not much experience. You'd like to see more dependable guys for a first-time starter like Trickett. 

Defensively, I haven't heard of anyone new being unable to go. I'll update if that changes.

Please note: These are my opinions and are not releases from FSU.  Coverage this week will be based on the assumption that EJ cannot go. 

 

Higher-rated recruits could have Clemson, FSU in battle for ACC Atlantic title in coming seasons | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

CLEMSON -- Since the Atlantic Coast Conference adopted a divisional format in 2005, Florida State and Clemson have never finished a season occupying the top two spots in the Atlantic Division standings. This streak seems likely to end soon.

The talent divide is growing between Florida State and Clemson and the rest of division. Maturing, talented young players, combined with relatively new regimes at the other schools, could make the rivalry matchup the division's decisive game, perhaps as early as 3:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) when No. 11 Florida State (2-1) travels to No. 21 Clemson (3-0).

Consider from 2009 to 2011, Florida State signed 25 players ranked in ESPNU's top 150, Clemson signed 13 and the rest of the Atlantic Division combined for four.

 

 

 

2011 Clemson vs. Florida State Depth Chart Comparison - Shakin The Southland

Offensively, Clemson narrowly eclipsed FSU on average. On defense, the ‘Noles are nearly half a star better than Clemson and clearly have a very, very talented group. Scout rated FSU at a 3.00 average star level that brought their special teams average down to 3.24 stars per player and allowed Clemson to better the Seminoles by over a tenth of a star per player. The huge defensive advantage allows the Seminoles an overall 0.15 stars/player advantage.

Note that this analysis includes guys who are injured but still listed on the depth chart.

 

» Hold it: How Florida skirts the rules to block punts John Clay's Sidelines
Just read it. Interesting and I'm sure the refs will be watching. Defensive holding is an automatic first down and is risky on a punt.

 

 

 

The Pac 12 voted not to expand:

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- In light of the widespread speculation about potential scenarios for Conference re-alignment, the Pac-12 Presidents and Chancellors have affirmed their decision to remain a 12-team conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, "after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us.""  - Pac-12 -

I don't believe expansion is over. Not by a long shot.

Study Hall: Oklahoma 23, Florida State 13 - Football Study Hall

A statistical recap of Saturday's Florida State-Oklahoma game in Tallahassee. Oklahoma won, 23-13.

Before you criticize, you should realize what you’re reading. I agree that this game had a ridiculous amount of awful officiating against FSU, but that didn't go into the game book. Bill is simply analyzing what went in the game book. And this is an excellent breakdown of what went into the game book.

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