It’s no debate that Florida State has been struggling as of late, which is most evident by its 2-4 record to start the 2017 season. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, the Seminoles are just 17-10 vs. Power 5 teams. In 2013 and 2014 alone, the ’Noles had 22 victories against Power Five opponents and an additional win over then No. 5 Notre Dame
The longest active home winning streak ended against North Carolina in 2016, the first time in 22 games FSU lost at Doak Campbell. However, the Seminoles have a current win streak that isn’t as highly profiled, but impressive nevertheless— And that is Florida State’s current six game winning streak on the road with the last five coming vs. ACC teams. Since its last road loss at Louisville in 2016, the ’Noles are 6-0 in true road games and just 3-5 at home.
Jimbo Fisher in his weekly press conference following the Seminoles’ last win on the road at Duke attributed the road success to the lack of distractions that are present at home games.
I’ll be honest, and as crazy as it sounds, you have less distractions for players. You get away. We leave -- by leaving on Thursday night, you get away. You get a great night's sleep. You get up and do academics all day, get all your academics done until noon that day. We have the tutors, we have everybody with them. They get as much or more done then than when you stay home because of the meetings and the way we have to do things. So we do a great job there. You kind of sequester yourself together. You know why you're there. You're not out -- no friends, no people bothering you. I love playing -- I'd rather play here in Doak Campbell with all these fans and all that loud noise and all that good stuff, but at the same time, it does bring you together and your mindset and how you do things is huge. It really is.
This weekend an unranked Florida State team will hit the road for the second time this season. In Jimbo Fisher’s tenure at FSU, he has played in true road games as an unranked team in both polls 6 times— and won every game.
Florida State senior linebacker Matthew Thomas had a different opinion, saying the preparations and success come from the team’s performance in practice.
“I think it starts in practice. We’ve been practicing good, We’ve just been trying to execute as good as we can, limit mistakes, and just play as best we could.”
Redshirt junior center Alec Ebrele agreed with that source.
“Everyone’s just practicing, doing what they’re supposed to do, getting our job done, and just going out there with confidence.”
The Seminoles, following yet another home loss, look to regain momentum on the road this vs. a Boston College team they haven’t lost to since 2009.