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Noles News: Florida State sets its sights on the Sooners for the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl

All the latest on everything FSU

Charles Mays - Tomahawk Nation

There was a lot of exciting news happening over the weekend for the Florida State Seminoles, some good, some bad. Football is going bowling in Orlando for the first time since 2019, men’s basketball fell to 1-9; meanwhile, women’s hoops are on a roll, and soccer fell short of the National Title game.

With the craziness of championship weekend ending and bowl selection over, it’s time to take a look back at what's happening in Florida State Athletics.

Football

In case you missed it, the No. 13 Seminoles carved their way into the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl, which was announced Sunday afternoon to take on the Oklahoma Sooners for the first time since 2011.

The matchup is set to take place on December 29th and will be the first bowl game in head coach Mike Norvell’s tenure and the first appearance for the Seminoles since 2019.

“You work hard to earn a bowl game,” coach Norvell said, “and then to have a matchup against a very talented team is something I know our players are going to be excited about.”

The Seminoles opened up as one-point favorites per Action Sports Network, but DraftKings.com has yet to release their early lines for the matchup, which will broadcast on ESPN at 5:30 p.m.

ACC Honors went out earlier in the week, and alongside FSU adding 15 players to the All-ACC team, defensive end Patrick Payton won the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Recruiting

Heading down to South Florida for the bowl game and then returning next year to kick off the season against the LSU Tigers places the Seminoles in prime real estate to showcase their program.

Finishing off 2022 with a 10-win season will attract recruits and help keep the ones committed to the ‘23 class.

For everything recruiting-related, check out the Florida State Football: OFFICIAL Tribe ‘23 Recruiting and Portal Thread #16 and chat with our experts. fellow commenters, and find out what the transfer portal and recruiting landscape look like heading into the new year.

Stay up to date at TomahawkNation.com for new threads and news, as the portal is now open to coaches today.

Basketball

It hasn’t been the best start for the men’s basketball team finishing their first conference game in a loss against Virginia 52-67 and now looking at a 1-9 record. Adding to that, Cam’Ron Fletcher is out for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.

The Seminoles will face the Louisville Cardinals on December 10 inside the Tucker Center at 1:00 p.m.

Women’s basketball continued their run on Sunday night, taking down the Stetson Hatters 83-48, and are on a four-game winning streak sitting 9-1 on the season.

Standout Ta’Niya Latson led the team in points with 24, and Makayla Timpson ended the night with 11 rebounds, topped off by Jazmine Massingill’s five rebounds. Women’s basketball is set to host Texas Southern on December 11 at 2:00 p.m.

All Sports

Making it to the semifinals isn’t something new for the Women’s soccer team, and under new head coach Brian Pensky, they did just that. In a valiant effort, the Seminoles lost to the North Carolina Tarheels 2-3 and were eliminated from the College Cup. They finished the season with an ACC Championship and look to retain their spot in the upper echelon of college soccer.

From Tomahawk Nation’s Prince Akeem Joffer:

Florida State outshot North Carolina 25-14 (11 to six on goal).

FSU also had 13 corner kicks to three for UNC.

Florida State played well for most of the game. Carolina carried the play for the first 20 or so minutes of the second half but FSU mostly controlled the rest of the game. However, UNC got a pair of lucky breaks and that decided the game. This is not to take anything away from the Heels. They deserve credit for taking advantage of those breaks.

The Seminoles will really regret how they weren’t able to convert most of the chances that they generated especially in the first half. The first few corner kicks were really squandered.

However, this was a high level contest between two heavyweights. Florida State deserves a ton of credit for clawing back and netting the final two goals. Many if not most teams would have folded after going down 3-0 to a team as good as Carolina. Not this bunch. The Noles not only kept playing but they got results.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and now the focus will turn to the offseason. Florida State will lose three very important players in Jenna Nighswonger, Heather Payne and Clara Robbins. However, the Noles will welcome a top 5 recruiting class of four really talented players. Coach Brian Pensky will also be very active in the transfer portal.