Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State 5:00 PM ET
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Weather: If you thought last week was bad, well, mother nature decided to double down on your misery. Fall? Fall out from heat exhaustion maybe. Make sure to HYDRATE. The heat index will be around 100 at kick. By the end of the game, the heat index will be around 92. Awesome. No rain, clear skies. Wind NNW at 5 mph.
The Spread: Florida State opened as a 21 point favorite and the line has moved between 22-23. See the rest of your college football spreads here.
Gutted. There’s lots of other words that FSU fans could use to describe the feeling after an absolute implosion of a second half against Boise State. For a half, everything was right (minus that defense, phew). The program was back on track and the train was MOVING, posting video game numbers on offense in the first half. Confidence in Taggart was sky high, until it all slipped away.
The offense completely turtled in the second half. The ghosts of 2018 slowly took over and by the end of the game, there was no good will left. Not in the stands, not on all your social media machines, not on message boards. I get it. The loss was gut-wrenching.
Luckily, it’s only one game. There’s simply not enough data to know how much, if any, this team has improved from last year. The offense certainly looks improved, at least showing the potential for an entire half. The defense showed bursts but was mostly lost in the run game and 3rd and long. How much this current coaching staff will be able to make adjustments to make improvements is an unknown quantity.
If this team follows last year’s script, FSU will struggle into the fourth quarter with ULM before needing late game heroics to pull out a win (remember Samford? Woof). Florida State has to work on shrugging off those 2018 ghosts and forget that devastating loss to Boise. If Florida State is going to get better and move forward, it will start against an over-matched ULM team. Can Florida State flip the script?