I know there are a lot of you out there that are still seething about the loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, but I have to say that in my mind, after crushing Duke and taking a look at various statistical analysis, it is beginning to take on a different feel for me. This team has a little more of the feel of the glory days in it, when losses like that were a surprise and an exception, rather than one of a series of sadly expected events.
I often look at individual games as turning points for a program (or franchise in the case of the NFL), and while I wouldn't call that game a turning point for Florida State, it does feel somewhat like a turning point in how I feel about the program. Other examples of games that changed the way I feel about programs and franchises include that first loss in the ACC when Warrick Dunn came up just short of the goal line (suddenly it was not impossible to lose an ACC game), the 31-0 drubbing at the hands of Wake (Which made me finally realize we were a very mediocre team), a 1997 game the Bucs had against the San Francisco 49ers (seemed to effectively mark the end of the 49ers dynasty, the rise of Bucs defense, and the end of the career of Jerry Rice), and the 2003 Bucs game against the Colts where they blew a 35-7 lead with 5 minutes left in the game (signaling the demise of the Buc defense in my mind.)
Somewhere along the course of this season I have come to look at the NC State game as an aberration. I am starting to see the ACC as a place where we should now fully expect to win each game, and no longer do I grudgingly accept the fact that we are just an above average team.
I hate the way Wake made me feel. I like feeling that NC State was just a colossal upset.