Coming into Saturday’s game between 13th-ranked Miami and Florida State, both teams were looking to get their running games going. The Seminoles did have their best rushing game of the year, but it was not enough to keep the Hurricanes from earning a last-second 24-20 victory, breaking a 7-game losing streak against Florida State.
The running game has been an important factor in the Miami-Florida State series. In the past 30 meetings between the Sunshine State rivals, the team with the most rushing yards has won 22 times. It will likely be a determining factor again on Saturday when the 13th-ranked Hurricanes visit the Seminoles.
Going into Saturday’s game against North Carolina State, the concern for Florida State was true freshman quarterback James Blackman would either be unable to move the offense, or commit a couple of key turnovers or two, or both. In the end, the Seminoles’ frustrating 27-21 loss to the Wolfpack, which dropped them to 0-2 for the first time in 28 years, could not be laid solely at the feet of Blackman.
Late in the fourth quarter of Florida State’s opening game against Alabama, Seminole fans knew they were about to go 0-1. Truth be told, so too did the FSU bench. At the same time, they knew, Jimbo Fisher and the staff knew, and the players knew, the season was far from over. They could still regroup, correct shortcomings (with special emphasis on special teams) and still win the ACC title and earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
It is January, when the Florida State faithful like to talk about the impending National Signing Day for football or spring practice, which is nearly three months away. We have breaking news. People are actually talking about basketball in the state capital. The FSU men’s basketball team has the attention of Seminole Nation. It took a top ten ranking (No. 9), a packed house and a spanking of seventh-ranked Duke, but the FSU bandwagon is now fully loaded. Going into…