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Noles News: Vegas thinks playoff will be Michigan, Georgia, Oregon, FSU

FSU set to take on Louisville in ACC Championship

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 24-15 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Florida.
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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

After taking down the Florida Gators for the second straight year, Florida State finished the regular season 12-0 for just the fourth time in school history (seventh undefeated/untied season overall).

FSU moved back up to No. 4 in the AP after its win, a result of Ohio State losing a tight game against Michigan.

In the eyes of Vegas, the most likely playoff teams are now Michigan (-4000), Georgia (-475), Oregon (-280) and Florida State (-150), according to DraftKings:

The Seminoles, however, are longshots to bring home the national championship, ahead of just Ohio State and Iowa:

The Seminoles next take on the Louisville Cardinals in the ACC Championship this Saturday — the line opened at 5.5 in Florida State’s favor but has shifted to 3.5.

Week 13: AP Poll

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (12-0)
  2. Michigan Wolverines (12-0)
  3. Washington Huskies (12-0)
  4. Florida State Seminoles (12-0)
  5. Oregon Ducks (11-1)
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
  7. Texas Longhorns (11-1)
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
  9. Missouri Tigers (10-2)
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)
  11. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2)
  12. Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
  13. LSU Tigers (9-3)
  14. Arizona Wildcats (9-3)
  15. Louisville Cardinals (10-2)
  16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3)
  17. Tulane Green Wave (11-1)
  18. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2)
  19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)
  20. Liberty Flames (12-0)
  21. NC State Wolfpack (9-3)
  22. Oregon State Beavers (8-4)
  23. Toledo Rockets (11-1)
  24. James Madison Dukes (11-1)
  25. SMU Mustangs (10-2)

Week 13: USA Today Coaches Poll

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (12-0)
  2. Michigan Wolverines (12-0)
  3. Washington Huskies (12-0)
  4. Florida State Seminoles (12-0)
  5. Oregon Ducks (11-1)
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
  7. Texas Longhorns (11-1)
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
  9. Missouri Tigers (10-2)
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)
  11. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2)
  12. Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
  13. LSU Tigers (9-3)
  14. Louisville Cardinals (10-2)
  15. Arizona Wildcats (9-3)
  16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3)
  17. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2)
  18. Tulane Green Wave (11-1)
  19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)
  20. NC State Wolfpack (9-3)
  21. Oregon State Beavers (8-4)
  22. Liberty Flames (12-0)
  23. Tennessee Volunteers (8-4)
  24. SMU Mustangs (10-2)
  25. James Madison Dukes (11-1)

Game notes from FSU’s win over Florida, via FSU Sports Info:

  • With a 24-15 win Saturday night at Florida, No. 5 Florida State improved to 12-0 and completed its 7th perfect regular season in program history. This is the 4th time FSU has been 12-0 and the 11th time FSU was perfect on the road.
  • The win gave Florida State its 16th state championship and its second straight season sweeping both in-state rivals. It is the 12th time since 1993 Florida State has swept the other “Big 3” Florida schools in the same season. In that span, Miami has four state sweeps and Florida has two.
  • Florida State is now 29-3 all-time when ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, including 11-1 on the road and 2-0 this season. FSU is 156-29 all-time when ranked in the top 5 (11-0 in 2023) and is 106-6 all-time against unranked opponents when ranked in the top 5, with 26 consecutive wins.
  • The Seminoles’ two wins against the SEC in 2023 and four combined in the past two seasons (2 each vs. LSU and Florida) are the most for any non-SEC team. FSU is the third different non-SEC program to earn at least four wins over SEC teams in a two-year span over the last 20 years (Clemson, 2015-19 and Georgia Tech, 2008-09).
  • Florida State has won 9 of the last 13 matchups in the series and 5 of the last 7 in Gainesville. FSU’s 18-game win streak is the longest in the ACC and 3rd-longest active streak, trailing Georgia and Washington. The 18-game winning streak is the 2nd-longest in FSU history and 3rd-longest in ACC history. During its current win streak, Florida State has outscored its opponents 718-310.
  • FSU did not allow 30 points in the regular season for the first time since 2015. At 12 games, FSU has the 3rd-longest active streak in the country not allowing 30 points. For the season, FSU lowered its scoring defense to 16.75, best in the ACC.
  • FSU trailed 12-0 in the second quarter before outscoring the Gators 24-3 the rest of the way. FSU and Appalachian State are tied for the national lead with four wins after trailing by 10+ points this season. It was FSU’s 7th win under Mike Norvell when trailing by double-digits.
  • The Noles have a +17 scoring run in every game this season.
  • Redshirt junior Tate Rodemaker made his second career start - first since 2020 - and became the 3rd quarterback in FSU history to make his first or second collegiate start at Florida (Billy Prescott made his only career start in a 49-0 loss in 1973; Eddie Feely made his second career start in a 3-0 loss in 1960).
  • Rodemaker averaged 11.2 yards per completion and did not have a turnover. FSU was turnover-free in eight games this year and has the fewest turnovers in the country, with five.
  • Running back Trey Benson scored three rushing touchdowns Saturday, tying a career high. Benson also scored three rushing touchdowns against the Gators in 2022.
  • Benson scored a 1-yard touchdown before halftime to get FSU on the board; a 36-yard run to begin the second half and a game-clinching 26-yard run with 2:48 remaining. His 14 rushing touchdowns this year are tied for 7th on FSU’s single-season list and his 23 career touchdowns on the ground are tied for 11th in FSU history.
  • With 1,828 career rushing yards, Benson ranks 18th in FSU history.
  • Benson’s first touchdown capped a 90-yard drive, FSU’s second of 90+ this season.
  • Johnny Wilson led FSU with six catches for 64 yards. He has led FSU in receiving a team-high six times this season. His six catches give him 100 for his career.
  • The Seminoles tied season highs with six sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
  • FSU held Florida to 86 passing yards, the 4th time this year FSU held an opponent under 100 passing yards and 6th time holding an opponent without a passing touchdown.
  • The defense allowed three points after halftime. FSU has allowed just 72 points after halftime (6.0 per game) and the defense has surrendered just 4.8 points/game after halftime.
  • Jared Verse set a career-high with 2.5 sacks and had a season-high 3.0 tackles for loss. His 7.0 sacks lead FSU, and his 3.0 TFL are tied for the FSU high this year.
  • Patrick Payton tied a career-high with 2.0 sacks. It was the second time this season - at Wake Forest - that Verse and Payton both had 2.0+ sacks.
  • Braden Fiske split a pair of sacks in the first half to match his season-high 1.0 sacks. His 3.0 sacks on the season have come over FSU’s last four games.
  • Keon Coleman returned a punt 34 yards in the fourth quarter, his third of the season over 30 yards and his only return of the day. He began Saturday 11th nationally with 11.2 yards per punt return this season.
  • Right guard Keiondre Jones made his first start of the season. D’Mitri Emmanuel started at left guard for the first time this season after starting the first 11 games at right guard.
  • Linebacker Kalen DeLoach iced the game with his second career interception. Both of his interceptions have come at Florida (2021). Florida entered Saturday 4th in the country in fewest interceptions with four and had thrown a touchdown in every game this year.
  • Safety Akeem Dent forced a fumble and is now tied for the team lead with two this season and two in his career. His first was October 7 vs. Virginia Tech.
  • Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald scored six points Saturday to cross the 100-point mark for the first time in his career. Fitzgerald is 57-57 on extra points and 15-of-16 on field goals this year, and his 57 PAT are tied for 4th in a season at FSU. He is the first kicker at FSU with 57 made PAT in multiple seasons (was 57-58 in 2022).
  • The 2023 team ranks 8th in program history with 465 points scored.
  • Miscellaneous: Head coach Mike Norvell is 24-5 in November as a head coach, including 13-2 on the road...FSU completed its second straight perfect November and is 8-0 in the month over the last two years...running back Lawrance Toafili has 2,011 all-purpose yards in his career after rushing for 23 Saturday...Ja’Khi Douglas caught a crucial 4th-down pass for 10 yards and now has 1,003 career all-purpose yards...Florida was 4th in the country in 4th-down defense (.250); FSU was 1-1 on the day...Florida fell to 5-1 this season when leading at halftime.

Soccer

FSU soccer, buoyed by a pair of PKs and another goal for comfort from , advanced to its fourth straight College Cup with a 3-0 win over Pitt on Friday. Next up for the Seminoles is a showdown against the Clemson Tigers.

Florida State has faced off against the Tigers twice this season — winning both 4-2 on the road in September and 2-1 earlier this month to take home the ACC Tournament title.

Basketball

No. 13 Florida State women’s basketball dropped its first game of the season, falling 72-54 in the championship game of the Ball Dawgs Classic to No. 4 Stanford:

Stanford (6-0) overcame an early seven-point deficit thanks to defensive adjustments against the up-tempo Seminoles and outscored Florida State 72-54 over the final three quarters. The Cardinal’s point total was their season high.

Ta’Niya Latson led Florida State (5-1) with 23 points. O’Mariah Gordon scored 19 points, Sara Bejedi added 13, Alexis Tucker 12 and Makayla Timpson 10.

All Sports

Florida State volleyball wrapped up a fantastic conference run by claiming a share of the ACC Championship with a win over Notre Dame on Saturday — the Seminoles first ACC title since 2012:

FSU was predicted to finish tied for fourth in the ACC Volleyball Preseason Poll. The Noles are the first team since 2017 Louisville to be predicted fourth or lower and win an ACC title. The Seminoles share the title with Pittsburgh and finish the regular season on an eight-match win streak.

The Seminoles were selected as a sixth-seed in the NCAA Tournament and are set to face TCU this Friday in the Arkansas-hosted opening round:

It will be a homecoming for freshman setter Kenna Phelan and Head Coach Chris Poole. Head Coach Poole is a native of Arkansas and coached for Arkansas Tech, Arkansas St., and Arkansas. Phelan is from Fayetteville, Ark. and is the daughter of a former Arkansas Razorback who played under Head Coach Poole.

This will mark the Florida State’s 24th appearance in the tournament. In 2022, the Noles lost in the first round to Northern Iowa. They have not advanced past the second round since 2016 when they went to the Sweet 16. The Seminoles look to make a deep run in the tournament this season.