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Noles News: FSU to launch streaming network next month

All the latest in Florida State Seminoles’ sports

Let’s start with some news that covers “all sports” ground and then some — Florida State will be debuting its own streaming network called “Seminoles Unconquered” on December 4th, which will be an “on-demand streaming destination featuring content encompassing all aspects of the FSU Sports experience.”

From FSU:

“Seminoles Unconquered” will be available December 4 via connected television on Apple TV (tvOS), Fire TV (Fire OS), and Google Play (Android). By January 1, the app will be available via LG (webOS), Roku (Roku OS), Samsung (Tizen), and Xbox (Hyper-V) by January 1; via desktop on Apple (macOS) and Microsoft (Windows OS); on mobile devices via Apple (iOS), Google (Android OS), and Samsung (Android OS); and via tablet on Amazon (Fire OS), Apple (iPadOS), and Microsoft (Windows OS).

“Seminoles Unconquered will enable FSU Athletics to immeasurably broaden the impact of our efforts to tell our story to the world,” said FSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford. “The ability to elevate the distribution of all our original content will enhance the reach of our strategic objectives to millions of living rooms across the world. This initiative provides an unparalleled instrument for public engagement and vast opportunities for strategic engagement.”

The network will be a foundational component for archival storytelling, providing a central distribution point for digital content to be presented globally. Through this initiative, FSU Athletics is poised to lead the nation in distribution of its digital content with future possibilities for many aspects of content, including using the network to elevate podcasts, radio offerings and an endless variety of original content.

No news yet on whether they’ll be uploading archived episodes of The Bobby Bowden Show:

Recruiting

According to both the On3 Industry Rankings and the 247Sports Composite, Florida State currently holds the No. 3 class in college football. Just looking at the 247Sports ratings, with 22 commits, the Seminoles boast an average rating of 91.82 and a class score of 287.14. They trail behind Georgia at No. 1 with 28 commits, an average rating of 93.44, and a class score of 314.47. Ohio State sits at No. 2 with 23 commits, an average rating of 93.53, and a class score of 304.11. Alabama secures the No. 4 spot with 20 commits, an average rating of 92.28, and a class score of 280.32. Florida rounds out the top five with 19 commits, an average rating of 92.49, and a class score of 278.37.

Florida State’s class includes 3 five-star recruits, 13 four-star recruits, and 6 three-star recruits.

Class of 2024 commitments

QUARTERBACK: 4 star Luke Kromenhoek (GA)

RUNNING BACK: 4 star Kam Davis (GA)

RUNNING BACK: 4 star Micahi Danzy (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Camdon Frier (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Lawayne McCoy (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star BJ Gibson (GA)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Elijah Moore (MD)

TIGHT END: 5 star Landen Thomas (GA)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star Jonathan Daniels (FL)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Tye Hylton (FL)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star Manasse Itete (CA)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Jayden Todd (GA)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 5 star Armondo Blount

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star DD Holmes (DC)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Jamorie Flagg (FL)

LINEBACKER: 3 star Jayden Parrish (FL)

LINEBACKER: 3 star Timir Hickman-Collins (SC)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 5 star KJ Bolden (GA)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 5 star Charles Lester III (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Jamari Howard (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Ricky Knight III (FL)

KICKER: 3 star Jake Weinberg (FL)

Football

We’re just two days out from Florida State’s regular-season finale in Gainesville vs. the Florida Gators — according to DraftKings, FSU remains a 6.5-point favorite over the Gators.

How can Florida State best cater its offensive attack to suit new starting quarterback Tate Rodemaker’s skillset? Jon Marchant broke it down in the latest entry of his Whiteboard series:

There is no replacing Jordan Travis, from his skill set to his athleticism to his leadership to his experience.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t still win, and the Florida State Seminoles (11-0, 8-0 ACC) will need to find a way to do just that in the next two games against the Florida Gators and the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals if they’re going to win the ACC and reach the College Football Playoff.

Let’s take a quick look at Rodemaker: FSU lists him as 6’4” and 196 lbs. He plays with good, technically sound mechanics which leads to accurate throws, especially down the field. He plays with a nice wide base and does a good job squaring his shoulders to the target, showing the ability to speed up his delivery and to slightly change his arm angle to get a pass out, but still throw it accurately. He possesses good arm strength for the position. He does a good job keeping his eyes downfield when pressured, even when looking to scramble. Rodemaker seems most comfortable when he’s able to drop back in rhythm and throw down the field.

There’s a small but particularly relevant precedent at FSU for this situation — we only have to go back to last season’s game on the road vs Louisville. Travis was injured late in the second quarter and in stepped Tate Rodemaker who, like he did on Saturday night against the North Alabama Lions, led a comeback win.

The Seminoles’ offensive line will now have to adjust to a new man taking snaps — Tim Alumbaugh, as he does each week, took a look at how the line held up in Florida State’s win last weekend:

Meanwhile, our Jordan Silversmith dropped his first-ever mailbag piece, reacting to questions from you, our dear Tomahawk readers:

Odds to make 2023 College Football Playoff, via DraftKings

Odds to win 2023 national championship, via DraftKings

Basketball

No. 13 Florida State women’s basketball advanced to 5-0 on the season with a 90-52 win over Northwestern on Wednesday in the Ball Dawgs Classic Championship:

Redshirt senior guard Sara Bejedi led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting with four assists. Graduate transfer guard Alexis Tucker, who recently played at The Dollar Loan Center in the Big West Championship, felt right at home with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Florida State’s 13 3’s matches its season high set against Tennessee on Nov. 9 when it defeated the 11th-ranked Volunteers in a 92-91 thriller. Junior guard O’Mariah Gordon added a career-high four 3-point field goals to go along with her 14 points in what was another strong performance.

FSU shot 45.3 percent for the contest and held the Wildcats (3-2) to 29 percent from the floor. FSU out-rebounded the opposition, 55-46, as well as out-scored them off the bench 30-20.

All 11 active Seminoles made at least one field goal in the 38-point victory.

Soccer

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And to wrap — from myself and from all of us at Tomahawk Nation, on this day of giving thanks, it can’t be said enough how much the support and enthusiasm and passion you all have for what we put out here means. This is nowhere near any of our full-time jobs, but what makes it worth it is being able to get our silly little thoughts about Florida State out and have our wonderful community there to enable those silly little thoughts even more. I’ve been able to cover FSU since 2012 — we’re now coming up on the final stretch of my third season as managing editor, and while 2020 sucked and Jacksonville State happened and I get irrationally angry at myself every time I realize I made another hilariously avoidable typo in a piece because my brain is slowly deteriorating, it really is everything that for another year I got the chance to help tell the story of a Florida State football team and that there are people to tell that story to and with. I struggle a lot with social anxiety and being a consistent forward-facing person, but that struggle has been eased with the chance to talk with you all a few times a week through writing. The people here, from staff to readers, are so amazing and the fact that this is not a paid site — aka you do not have an obligation to come here let alone interact because you spent money and want to make sure your investment doesn’t go to waste — doubles the meaningfulness of you all being here.

FFFFF, Happy Thanksgiving.