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Noles News: FSU favored over Louisville by 2.5

Line for Seminoles vs. Cardinals opened at 5.5

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Recruiting

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

For those fretting over the possibility of an undefeated Florida State team not making the College Football Playoff, now is your official cue to relax. After taking down the Florida Gators last weekend to wrap up the regular season with a 12-0 record, the committee slotted the Seminoles at No. 4 in the latest edition of the playoff rankings.

As LastNoleofKrytpon wrote — pay no mind to poor faith arguments that would leave out an undefeated Power 5 conference champion:

Rece Davis says this is their first game against currently ranked (CFP) opponents this season and it’s true; he says it at the end of the show with no opportunity for rebuttal to imply that FSU’s schedule is somehow unworthy despite earlier in the show it being pointed out that there is no large statistical difference between Texas, FSU, and Oregon’s strength of schedule.

It’s a ridiculously dumb asinine point because FSU played its two toughest opponents in September...September.....September........

The first college football playoff rankings were released on October 31st....

Herbstreit implied that FSU getting in without Travis would reduce the playoffs to a ‘participation award’ because the semifinals have often been uncompetitive. It’s a comparison by juxtaposition because it was said immediately after and before another colleague spoke about FSU.

You earn your way into the tournament in all legitimate sports; what happens after that does not invalidate the entire years worth of data and results. Golden State won 73 games but they didn’t win the championship so obviously they must’ve sucked. 2007 Pats couldn’t finish the perfect season vs. the Giants; another obviously mediocre team. The 2001 Mariners won 116 games; clearly substandard.

Now I just, unintentionally, compared 2023 FSU to a bunch of all-time great teams that didn’t finish the job by juxtaposition (See how that works, Kirk?) but I want to be clear that I don’t think 2023 FSU is all-time great; just pretty good and perfect on the year and if they remain perfect on Saturday they will be in.

All that doesn’t matter, though, if Florida State fails to take care of business against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday in the ACC Championship. FSU is currently favored by 2.5 in the title clash — the line opened at 5.5

The Seminoles are well aware of the stakes, with a high-energy practice on a chilly Tuesday in Tallahassee — from Jordan Silversmith:

On a 40-degree morning and 12 weeks of football behind, the Seminoles continued their trudge to the mountaintop. Battered and bruised, coach Norvell shortened practice by about 15 minutes today as the head man explained it was just about “being at this point in the year.”

For the on-the-field festivities, the offense struggled early in the day as the defense carried over their stymieing of the run game from Saturday night. However, as the day wore on, creative playcalling helped Tate Rodemaker and company find a rhythm. Both groups worked on 3rd down work and red zone for much longer than usual on a Tuesday (usually, these focal points happen on Wednesday.) A cold Mike Norvell spoke with the media after practice and appreciated the effort he saw on the field.

“I thought we had a productive day today. I thought we got good work and an introduction of what we have for this week...as we get to a championship week, it’s still about the growth.”

FSU’s 12-0 record came by way of an 8-0 record in ACC play, a feat accomplished by a school-record 25 selections on the All-ACC teams including first-team selections were quarterback Jordan Travis, offensive tackle Darius Washington, offensive guard D’Mitri Emmanuel, defensive end Jared Verse and linebacker Kalen DeLoach.

FSU’s second-team picks included running back Trey Benson, tight end Jaheim Bell, defensive tackles Braden Fiske and Joshua Farmer, cornerback Renardo Green and punter Alex Mastromanno.

The third-team included wide receiver Johnny Wilson, linebacker Tatum Bethune, safety Shyheim Brown and kicker Ryan Fitzgerald. Honorable mentions were offensive guard Casey Roddick, center Maurice Smith, defensive end Patrick Payton, linebacker DJ Lundy, cornerbacks Jarrian Jones and Fentrell Cypress II and safety Akeem Dent.

Mastromanno added an additional honor to go along with his second-team selection — the Australian punter was named as one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award:

The Melbourne, Australia, native has averaged 46.0 yards on 51 punts this season, with 17 traveling over 50 yards and 22 downed inside the 20-yard line. Mastromanno’s 46.0 average ranks No. 13 nationally, while Florida State is No. 4 nationally with a net average of 43.5 yards.

Against Clemson and Miami, Mastromanno kicked a career-high four 50-yard punts. Against the Hurricanes, a 52-yard punt was downed at the 2-yard line, a 55-yarder was fair caught at the Miami 18, a 51-yarder out of bounds at the Miami 5 and another 51-yard punt downed at the Miami 16. His three other punts that day traveled 44, 44 and 46 yards.

How did Florida State’s offensive line perform against Florida? How have the Seminoles done in the trenches over the course of the season? A look at the advanced analytics, by way of Tim Alumbaugh and ol’ Tomahawk friend ricobert11:

An awesome update from Jordan Travis:

Week 13: College Football Playoff Rankings

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Michigan Wolverines
  3. Washington Huskies
  4. Florida State Seminoles
  5. Oregon Ducks
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Texas Longhorns
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide
  9. Missouri Tigers
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions
  11. Ole Miss Rebels
  12. Oklahoma Sooners
  13. LSU Tigers
  14. Louisville Cardinals
  15. Arizona Wildcats
  16. Iowa Hawkeyes
  17. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  18. Oklahoma State Sooners
  19. NC State Wolfpack
  20. Oregon State Beavers
  21. Tennessee Volunteers
  22. Tulane Green Wave
  23. Clemson Tigers
  24. Liberty Flames
  25. Kansas State Wildcats

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Soccer

Five members of the Florida State women’s soccer team earned All-Atlantic Region honors — Onyi Echegini, Taylor Huff, Jody Brown and Jordynn Dudley snagged first team honors while Cristina Roque was named to the second team:

Echegini has been phenomenal for the Seminoles as she leads the team and the ACC with 15 goals this season. The ACC Offensive Player of the Year has scored a point in five out of the last six games and has recorded the most goals scored in a season by a Seminole since Deyna Castellanos in 2017.

The ACC Freshman of the Year has been nothing short of spectacular this season as Dudley has scored 12 goals while adding eight assists. Dudley’s 12 goals lead the NCAA among freshman and are the second-most goals scored by a freshman in FSU history.

Huff has been a terrific addition for the Seminoles and is one of the top midfielders in the country. Huff has recorded 13 assists this season which is tied for eighth in the country and second in the ACC. Huff has also added seven goals this season, four of which were game-winning goals.

Shifting from a forward to midfielder, Brown has still been a threat for FSU every time she touches the ball. Brown has scored five goals while also adding five assists for the Noles earning her First Team All-ACC honors.

Roque has proved once again to be one of the top goalies in the country. Roque has recorded a career-high 13 shutouts this season while allowing just 0.62 goals per game. Roque became FSU’s record holder for most career shutouts in the NCAA Tournament with 14 and is just two wins away from being FSU’s career record holder for wins in the NCAA Tournament.

FSU will be looking for a berth to the National Championship Game on Friday night as they take on Clemson in the College Cup. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The game can also be seen live on ESPNU.

Basketball

Named MVP of the Sunshine Slam after averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in victories over UNLV and No. 18 Colorado, Florida State’s Jamir Watkins was one of five players named as an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association:

Watkins was also named as the ACC Player of the Week (co) for the first time in his career on Monday as selected by a blue ribbon panel of writers and broadcaster who cover the league. It’s the first time Watkins – a transfer student-athlete from VCU – has been named as an ACC Player of the Week and as an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.

The Trenton, N.J., native scored 19 points with four rebounds and a career-high eight assists in FSU’s victory over UNLV in the semifinals of the Sunshine Slam. He returned the next night and posted his fourth career double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds with four assists and four steals as Florida State defeated Colorado to win the Sunshine Slam tournament championship.

Watkins shot 68.2 percent from the field (15-of-22) and 50 percent from the 3-point line (2-of-4) as Florida State upped its record to 4-1 on the season.

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