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Florida State once again didn’t play to its talent level

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Just another afternoon in which FSU’s coaches didn’t get the most from its talent.

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NCAA Football: Florida State at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

“You can never take for granted how special winning is,” Jimbo Fisher said. “And how hard it is.” “Everybody’s got players”

A team of Florida State’s talent should be able to comfortably beat Wake Forest. FSU fans know how elite teams look. You can’t sell them a bill of goods.

  • Every offensive unit other than running back played poorly vs. WFU.
  • 56% of FSU’s yards came on three plays. The overwhelming majority of the plays from the offense failed.
  • 4.2 yards/play is pathetic.
  • James Blackman looked confused, holding the ball for a long time. Wake dared him to throw the ball in the middle of the field, but he couldn’t/wouldn’t. He’s a true freshman, and FSU’s playcalling didn’t help him out enough.
  • Offensive line too often allowed penetration, and there were a huge number of mental errors. The backups coming in are veterans (Derrick Kelly, some Landon Dickerson out), so they shouldn’t be this bad. 18 TFL allowed. Some is on QB, some backs, some tight ends, but this is still mostly on the offensive line. A truly bad effort after some promising blocking against Alabama and N.C. State.
  • The receivers again had issues getting lined up, dropping balls, fumbling, etc...

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Defense

  • Allowed 9 passes of 15+ yards.
  • Short yardage defense was great. It ended drives. FSU’s defensive line stepped up big. They played aggressive, but were mostly gap sound.
  • FSU won the game on back-to-back drives in the 1st/2nd quarters. Wake drives started at the FSU 26 and 28, but they only got field goals instead of TDs. Getting the fumble down deep also key.
  • No Ro’Derrick Hoskins, as he didn’t practice much this week (at all?), but Dontavious Jackson did and played well.
  • Levonta Taylor was more physical and made some big plays early.
  • Switching Kyle Meyers to slot some at times paid off.

Then a discussion of FSU’s special teams follows. The next Nolecast is scheduled for Tuesday morning.