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Thoughts on Yesterday's Game From Non-FSU Fan

I am a big Maryland Terp fan, but I think this site is great and visit it almost daily.  Anyways, I watched 66% of the FSU v. ULM (including the entire first half, and lots of the second half, though I was flipping between the FSU game and Clemson v. Troy and USC v. Minnesota for the second half).

Overall I was impressed.  EJ Manual's size and arm impressed me.  I am pretty convinced he has the physical tools to be pretty good.  Mentally I think he did well against ULM's unorthodox 3-3-5, but ULM was not really able to generate enough consistent pressure where I can say for sure that he is capable of playing the game at a very fast pace like Christian Ponder could, but he wasn't given the opportunity and he made the most of his opp's yesterday.  I thought the WR's made some good catches.  The smaller, fast WR (Kent???) dropped one, but that was the only drop I saw and I saw at least two fairly tough catches.  FSU's running game was a little out of sync.  I was impressed by the freshman running back, he reminds me of Rodney Stewarthttp://rivals.yahoo.com/colorado/football/recruiting/player-Rodney-Stewart-69565 ) at Colorado who had 1300 rushing yards and 30 catches for them last season--- fairly small, but good leg drive and the ability to get small makes  them more or less good between the tackle runners.

I thought the defense played well.  It wasn't ULM day as they were a little out of sync.  Actually the defense was dominant yesterday.  Not being a FSU fan, I'll acknowledge the defense was dominant, but I am not going to draw any conclusions.  I played a number of sports through HS and followed college and professional sports since then and its frustrating when you cannot execute.  You get in a bit of a funk and that is what ULM had yesterday.  FSU's defense clearly overmatched ULM.  ULM looked frustrated on offense, hesistant to dink and dunk which was they needed to do to get first downs and they just never got into  a rhythm.  My take was that FSU has a very athletic and talented defense.  That pretty much is my only take away so far.  I'd like to see them against either an equal talented offense or alternative just an offense clicking to see how they do. 

FSU confirmed to me yesterday that they should be considered one of the favorites to win the ACC (especially with BC, Clemson, and Wake struggling), they look like heavy favorites to win the Atlantic.  Whether they are a top 5 team nationally, I could not tell though because due to the competition you could only tell so much.

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