Northern Illinois at Florida State 3:30 PM ET
Weather: The forecast calls for soul crushing, brain melting, water boiling, heat. If you don’t drink fluids besides alcohol, you will get sick. The heat index will be around 95 at kick. Inside the stadium, it will be approaching 100. FLUIDS. DRINK THEM. Partly cloudy skies, winds ENE at 6 mph.
The Spread: Florida State **checks notes** is favored by 10? Sure. FSU opened as an 11 point favorite. Reminder, FSU was favored by 3 on the road at Syracuse and has scored a total of 10 in two games against FBS teams. Check the rest of your college football spreads here.
Growing pains with a new coaching staff and new system are to be expected. But this isn’t growing pains for Florida State. This is a painful rebirth. The coaching staff has tried adjustments in response to the ‘Noles utter inability to move the ball against FBS competition. Nothing has worked. So it was back to the drawing board for new coach Willie Taggart this week.
This will likely be the last game of the season FSU is favored to win. Should the ‘Noles stop trying to play for bowl eligibility or start playing for 2019? For now, it’s one game at a time. Win this weekend, and the battle for 6-6 has hope.
For fans, the losses are going to keep piling up. Frustration at another wasted season is understandable. But now, you are in it for the long game. Look for small improvements, look for young players to flash, look for a new coaching staff to get their feet under them and get FSU turned in the right direction. It will get a lot worse before it gets better. Hold on tight.
Northern Illinois at Florida State Game Thread
At this point, you watch other football just because you like it. Other team’s wins or losses against teams that are not FSU, will have no impact on the ‘Noles season. FSU isn’t likely to make a bowl. So if football cheers you up, watch something down below instead of contemplating FSU’s bowl odds.