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Reacts Survey Results: How do FSU fans feel about coaching on offense, defense?

FSU has scored at least 30 points in 14 straight games, while Florida State’s defense has faced 49 plays inside their 10-yard line this season and allowed just 11 touchdowns

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As Florida State continues to push for a spot in the 2023 College Football Playoff, the Seminoles look to continue leaning on and elevating their strengths with just four games left in the regular season.

“When you get to November, that’s where you want to be playing your best ball,” head coach Mike Norvell said Monday. “As it continues to go on, you want to continue to grow from there. Our guys, they put in an awful a lot of work. They’re trained extremely well. We lift hard throughout the course of the season so we’re stronger at the end than we were at the beginning.”

Through eight games this season, FSU has put together a body of work worthy of a top-four ranking, picking up where it left off last season by continuing a 14-game win streak that dates back to October 29, 2022.

In each of those 14 matchups, FSU has scored at least 30 points — the longest active streak in the nation and the 2nd-longest streak in ACC history.

Defensively, Florida State’s defense has faced 49 plays inside their 10-yard line this season and allowed just 11 touchdowns. FSU is also the only team in the nation forcing more incompletions than completions allowed and is leading the country in both fewest passing touchdowns allowed (3) and opponent completion percentage (49.4) and ranks 5th in opponent passer rating (101.59).

Florida State leads the ACC and ranks 11th in the country in red zone offense, converting 93.9 percent of red zone drives into points, and its 24 red zone touchdowns are 2nd in the conference. FSU also ranks 16th nationally in red zone defense, allowing points on just 73.1 percent of opponents’ drives that reach the 20-yard line.

No. 4 FSU (8-0, 6-0 ACC) faces off against the Pitt Panthers (2-6, 1-3 ACC) this Saturday with a chance to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship Game with a win.

Ahead of that matchup, we wanted to gauge how Florida State fans felt about coaching on each side of the ball, namely:

1. Does FSU have the best offensive playcallers in the ACC (Mike Norvell, Alex Atkins)?

  • Yes: 82%
  • No: 18%
Does FSU have the best offensive playcallers in the ACC (Mike Norvell, Alex Atkins)?

2. Does defensive coordinator Adam Fuller deserve more credit?

  • Yes — his defense has taken another step forward: 57%
  • No — he gets the right amount of credit: 28%
  • No — he still needs to do more: 14%
Does defensive coordinator Adam Fuller deserve more credit?

And a bonus from the entire SB Nation network:

Which top 5 team is least deserving of a College Football Playoff spot?

Michigan: 31%

Washington: 25%

Florida State: 22%

Which top 5 team is least deserving of a College Football Playoff spot?

Odds to win 2023 College Football Playoff, via DraftKings

  1. Michigan Wolverines (+240)
  2. Georgia Bulldogs (+240)
  3. Florida State Seminoles (+600)
  4. Ohio State Buckeyes (+700)
  5. Oregon Ducks (+1400)
  6. Washington Huskies (+1500)
  7. Alabama Crimson Tide (+1500)
  8. Texas Longhorns (+1600)
  9. Oklahoma Sooners (+4000)
  10. LSU Tigers (+5000)

FSU vs. Pitt game notes, via Florida State Sports Info

» Florida State plays its final ACC road game this week, traveling to Pittsburgh to take on Pitt. The Seminoles are 8-0 this season and 6-0 in the ACC, both their best marks since 2014, after a 41-16 win at Wake Forest last week.

» Florida State is No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press poll. It is the ninth consecutive week FSU has been ranked in the top-5, the program’s longest streak since 2013-14 when Florida State was in the top-5 for 27 consecutive polls.

» The win over Wake Forest extended the Seminoles’ winning streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the ACC and 3rd-longest active streak in the country. During its streak, which is also tied for the 6th-longest in program history, Florida State has outscored its opponents 585-255.

» FSU has scored at least 30 points in 14 straight games, the longest active streak in the nation and the 2nd-longest streak in ACC history, trailing only FSU’s 17 consecutive games from 2012-14.

» The Seminoles boast one of the nation’s best pass defenses, leading the country in both fewest passing touchdowns allowed (3) and opponent completion percentage (49.4) and ranking 5th in opponent passer rating (101.59).

» FSU is the only team in the nation forcing more incompletions than completions allowed. The last time a P5 team held its opponents below 50 percent completions in a season was 2018, when Michigan and LSU posted marks of 49.5 and 49.7 percent, respectively.

» Florida State was the only team in the country that did not allow a passing touchdown in October, and the Seminoles led the nation in opponent completion percentage (41.7), yards per pass allowed (4.2) and opponent passer rating (72.41) in October while also producing the ACC’s best scoring defense (14.0) that ranked 10th nationally.

» FSU has held four consecutive opponents to fewer than 140 passing yards, the longest streak by the Seminoles since 1999 and the longest by an ACC team since Boston College in 2021 (via ESPN Stats & Info).

» Florida State leads the ACC and ranks 11th in the country in red zone offense, converting 93.9 percent of red zone drives into points, and its 24 red zone touchdowns are 2nd in the conference. FSU also ranks 16th nationally in red zone defense, allowing points on just 73.1 percent of opponents’ drives that reach the 20-yard line.

» The Seminoles are one of nine teams nationally to have a receiver and a rusher with a three-touchdown game this season. Keon Coleman caught a career-high three scores vs. No. 5 LSU, and Trey Benson tied his single-game career- high with three rushing scores vs. Southern Miss. Coleman is one of 25 receivers nationally with a three-touchdown game this year, and Benson is one of 58 players with three rushing scores in a game.

» Florida State’s defense has faced 49 plays inside their 10-yard line this season and allowed just 11 touchdowns. In the 45-24 win over No. 5 LSU, the Seminoles faced 10 snaps inside their own 5-yard line and allowed only two scores. On LSU’s first drive of the game, the Tigers had six plays inside the five-yard line, including four snaps from the 1-yard line, and the FSU defense forced a turnover on downs with a 13-yard sack on 4th-and-1. During FSU’s three-game homestand the defense faced only 10 total snaps inside its 10-yard line and allowed one touchdown. Syracuse did not have a snap inside the 10-yard line and took only one snap inside FSU’s 15-yard line.

» Mike Norvell is 20-5 (.800) in November as a head coach, including 11-2 (.846) on the road.