Although a big underdog heading into Week 5, Florida State came away with a win against #5 UNC, 31-28. Which is indicative of how the ‘Noles have progressed over the last few weeks. In order to give you a little perspective at near the halfway point of the season, here is my FSU Football week six review.
Florida State Started Slow
This hasn’t been the year we expected. The Seminoles had tough losses to Georgia Tech and Miami to start the season, but got a win week three. In the game, the team seemed to turn a corner and since that win, this team has certainly felt different.
Nestled in between the Jacksonville State and North Carolina victories, was the Notre Dame loss. But this is still a vastly improved football team from the one that began the year.
Early on, they had undisciplined play at every level, they even went down by 2 scores against JSU, before coming back and winning the game convincingly.
Seminoles Progression Starts Under Center
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis is a big reason why the team has succeeded, but he’s not the only reason. The offensive line has come together, the defense has improved, and even though we saw flashes in the first two games, the running game is really showing its mettle.
Since the Jacksonville State game, the offense has produced an average of 120 yards more per game. While the defense still has some work to do, they’re getting to the passer, and causing turnovers. Also, they were outscored in the second half 21-0, which is something the coaches can figure out before this Saturday’s game at Louisville.
Joshua Kaindoh was another big reason why this team was able to upset a top-5 team. Early in the game, Kaindoh made a big play, faking like he was rushing the passer, but dropped into coverage late, intercepting a pass, and returning it for a touchdown.
What Needs to Happen to Continue Getting Better
Florida State has a long way to go before it’s back to prominence, but there has been a lot of progression over the past three games. Although Louisville sits at 1-4, they are a still dangerous team that can score at will.
Quarterback Malik Cunningham was able to help the Cards put up 34 points on Miami. The Cardinals also held Notre Dame to just 12 points, albeit in a losing effort. For the Noles, Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen should be back on the field soon, which will add another defensive weapon.
We’re not back, but we’re heading in the right direction.
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