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Football

Sports’ Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman has Jimbo FIsher high on his list of the top 40 coaches to watch for on this offseason’s coaching carousel.

2. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State head coach: He followed a legend (Bobby Bowden) and has done exceptionally well. Prior to this season, he had seven consecutive Top 25 finishes with four in the Top 10, including the 2013 national title. This fall has been a disaster: The Seminoles are 4–6 and just 3–5 in ACC play. The fan base is frustrated; some say Fisher has been too loyal to his staff and won’t make changes. He has also bristled about the program’s facilities shortcomings. Fisher has had plenty of opportunities to bolt Tallahassee—would he do it now? We’ll see. There have been plenty of rumblings that Texas A&M is prepared to throw a lot of money at him. Would Tennessee or Auburn do the same?

On that matter, our own Bud Elliott provided his latest intel on the Fisher to Texas A&M situation on the most recent Nolecast episode.

At Fisher’s weekly-call in show, he went into great detail on what would lead to FSU’s fifth straight win over Florida, which would be the most consecutive wins for FSU in the rivalry.

HOW TO ATTACK THE UF RUN DEFENSE: The first question Fisher got about playing the Gators on Saturday came from a caller who wanted to know if he felt the Seminoles’ running backs would be able to run straight at the Gators’ defense. The caller said he felt like in the last few years, Florida State has tried to “run around” the Gators’ defense and that “hasn’t worked very well.” Fisher laughed and took slight issue with the comment, remarking that “Dalvin Cookhad a pretty good day against them last year — what’d he run for 200 yards or something?” Cook actually rushed for 179 in that 31-13 win last year and 183 yards the year before in 2015. Fisher did say this about how he plans to attack the Florida run defense this year now that Cook is gone and the team has different personnel: “Florida is so athletic. You have to run directly at them. And make then respect that. They’re very fast and athletic. You can’t run around them.”

Bud included FSU’s matchup with Florida on his list of the 23 best bets for rivalry weekend.

13. Florida State at Florida Under 44.5: UF is 126th nationally in Bill Connelly's adjusted pace metric. FSU is 127th. Low possessions, inept offenses, and the only worry is turnovers.

Recruiting

On Wednesday, FSU offered Luke Ford, a top 50 player and the No. 2 tight end in the 2018 recruiting class.

Alumni

A pair of NFL ’Noles are being held out of practice with their statuses for this weekend’s games up in the air.

Other Sports

It wasn’t the stifling defensive performance that we have seen earlier this season, but the FSU basketball team won in convincing fashion over Kennesaw State on Wednesday.

The FSU volleyball team is getting hot at the right time as the Seminoles won their fifth straight match on Wednesday.