Here's the thing about the plucky, upstart schools clambering up the ladder of college football's highest echelon: Their time has come. That is, it's time to peel back their fingers and let them fall.
The nation's poorer programs need to drop down because they drain money from their schools, keep bigger programs from reforming rules and often limp along academically—all while having no real shot at winning it all.
Ponder (19-of-31, 170 yards, two touchdowns) broke the bursa sac on his right elbow during the first quarter. Although the senior did not blame his performance on the injury, coaches and players said he was in pain.
"We're really battered right now," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We're banged and bruised pretty good. We've had a couple of big games emotionally. We need to get our feet back on the ground, get our bearings."
Monday Morning Chops
"Heads hung low and body language that exuded little confidence. Last year was no fun for the defensive players at Florida State.
The defense felt defeated after allowing 30 points per game. Reliving the experience by watching game film only rubbed salt into the wound.
The first job for new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and the other assistants was to rebuild the psyche of the players. Teaching has been hands-on and, for the most part, positive."
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N.C. State’s game at Florida State Oct. 31 will be played at noon, the ACC announced Monday. The game will be broadcast on WRAL.