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So far, Deondre Francois has been a bright spot for FSU

A few things have been established in the first six weeks of the college football season.

One: FSU has run into some pretty good quarterbacks on the other sideline. Two: FSU’s defense has been exploited, although it played fairly well against Miami. Three: The end of the game is a fine time to block an extra point.

Then there is this: The Seminoles have found a keeper in quarterback Deondre Francois.

Francois, a freshman, was thrust into the starting role late in training camp. So far, he’s exceeded most expectations halfway through his first season. He’s 23rd nationally in passing yards, 38th in passing efficiency. He’s proven to be a competitive guy who can take a lick.

Through six games, Francois has struggled only once — in a 63-7 loss to Louisville.

In the team’s opener, it was facing Ole Miss’s highly regarded Chad Kelly, who threw for 313 yards. But Francois threw 419. He didn’t have any interceptions, while Kelly finished with three. Edge: Francois.

In week three, Louisville could not be slowed by FSU. Lamar Jackson, an early Heisman favorite, threw for 216 yards and ran for 146. Edge: Jackson.

In week four, Quinton Flowers threw for 160 yards. Francois threw for 169, but he threw only eight incompletions on the day. Edge: Francois.

In week five, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky earned a slight edge with 405 yards and three scores. But Francois wasn’t bad, throwing for 372 yards. Edge: Trubisky

In week six, FSU faced Brad Kaaya, who is one of the darlings of the draftniks. Still, Francois held is own. Kaaya threw for 214 yards with an interception; Francois threw for 234 with no interceptions. Edge: Francois.

The impressive thing for FSU, of course, is that if Francois can stay healthy, he has a lot of games in front of him, starting with this week’s game against Wake Forest.

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FSU coach Jimbo Fisher: Was Donald Trump in a locker room?

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, told of the recent “locker-room talk” defense of presidential candidate Donald Trump, had one simple question in response.

“Was he in a locker room?” Fisher asked.

Fisher was asked how he handled it when he heard players saying anything derogatory.

“Tell the kids to quit it,” he said. “If someone is making a racial slur, that guy … we don’t need that. If they’re making derogatory remarks toward women, we’re not going to do that. It’s never acceptable. We tell them to be careful because of what they say. The wrong people hear it, and it’s not indicative of who you are as a person. It’s like sending it out on Facebook or Twitter.”

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FSU holds off Miami as DeMarcus Walker blocks extra point

So this is how it feels, huh?

This is how it feels when the air leaves your body? This is what it’s like when you block a kick? This is what’s it’s like to walk off with a narrow victory?

If nothing else defines FSUMiami, missed kicks at the end do. Staring at overtime, FSU’s Demarcus Walker blocked an extra point kick to preserve a 20-19 victory. Miami’s Michael Badgley had converted 72 consecutive extra points. It was the seventh straight season that FSU has beaten the Hurricanes, meaning that if Mark Richt is indeed going to bring the Hurricanes back, it will take another year before the Seminoles acknowledge it.

Miami had taken a 13-0 lead in the first half. But the Seminoles roared back in the second half to take the lead. FSU’s maligned defense, one of the worst in the country, played well. They held UM to only 62 yards rushing

The Hurricanes appeared to have the game tied with 98 seconds to play. On fourth-and-five, Brad Kaaya lofted a perfect pass to the end zone .

“It was Florida State-Miami,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.

Dalvin Cook rushed for 159 yards for FSU. Derrick Nnadi had seven tackles, two and a half for loss and a sack.

FSU is home Saturday against Wake Forest. Miami is home against North Carolina.

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Yeah? But how good is the Miami Hurricanes’ defense?

By now, we know all about the FSU defense. You can pick an adjective if you want.

Soft. Underperforming. Confused. Undisciplined.

Through half of a season, FSU’s defense has been abysmal. FSU is 94th in the nation, sandwiched between FIU and USF. Hardly the place you would look for top-shelf recruits. The Seminoles have given up six plays of more 40 yards.

But here’s a question.

How good, really, is the University of Miami defense?

Oh, on paper, the Hurricanes are good. They’re seventh in the country in total defense, and they’re third in passing yards allowed. They’re second in scoring defense to Ohio State. They’re allowing more than two yards less per play than a year ago and less than 17 points fewer.

But let’s be honest. UM hasn’t really faced the Murderer’s Row of offenses with FAMU, FAU, Appalachian State and Georgia Tech. Against FSU, they’ll face the best quarterback (Deondre Francois) they’ve faced. They’ll face the best running back (Dalvin Cook). They’ll face the best receivers, etc.

Think about it. So far, Miami has played FAMU, which is ranked 111th in the lower FCS in offense. FAU is 118th in the FBS. Appalachian State is 91st. Georgia Tech is tied for 113th.

Remember, Miami starts three freshman linebackers in Shaq Quarterman, Mike Pinckney and  Zack McCloud. Will they be tested?

“They don’t know that they don’t know,” Miami coach Mark Richt told ESPN. “They’re good dudes. They’re really good. But they don’t know. They haven’t really been hit in the mouth real hard yet. It’s coming. We’ll see how they react, how tough they are.”

FSU is going for its seventh straight win in the series.

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Horrors! Miami’s Brad Kaaya may be the best QB FSU has faced

Forget the rest. He’s the best.

That alone is enough to get the attention of the Florida State Seminoles, a team that has watched other quarterbacks shine all season. But if you go by the NFL draft rankings, then Miami’s Brad Kaaya is the best FSU has faced. He’s second to Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer in the early draft prognostications, which could mean trouble for a Seminole defense that has played chase most of the season.

Officially, Kaaya is only 72nd in the NCAA stats. But Miami has outmanned most of its opponents this season, leaving Kaaya to simply hand off most of the time.

Against, FSU, Kaaya figures to have to throw more. The Seminoles are 82nd in pass defense, which means there probably will be open receivers.

So far, FSU has struggled to stop opposing quarterbacks.

In the opening comeback win over Ole Miss, Chad Kelly threw for 313 yards and four scores.

In the lopsided loss to Louisville, Lamar Jackson ran and threw for 362 yards and five touchdowns.

In the win over South Florida, Quinton Flowers ran and threw for 319 yards.

In the narrow loss to North Carolina, Mitch Trubisky threw for 405 yards.

So, yeah, the FSU secondary has had its problems this season. Which leads us to Miami and Kaaya, who has played well in close losses to the Seminoles. In two games, Kaaya has thrown for 709 yards and five touchdowns.

“This is a huge game for us,” Kaaya said. “Without a doubt, we’re going out to win this game. We’re going to do our best and give our all, but this team can respond to adversity either way.”

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Football flashback: Mark Richt is a better coach than a player

Sometime in Saturday’s game against FSU, Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya is going to need a bit of advice.

At which point, coach Mark Richt is going to grin, shrug his shoulders and say “What are you asking me for? You know how I did against FSU.”

It was 1982, 34 years ago. when the 14th ranked Seminoles played the 16th ranked Hurricanes in their annual rivalry. This was before the national titles and Heismans of either school.

And at quarterback for the Hurricanes… a senior named Mark Richt. He was playing in place of Jim Kelly, who was out with the injured shoulder.

It was a forgettable day for Richt, who threw four interceptions against the Hurricanes. Still, Miami hung in for a while, trailing only 10-7 going into the fourth quarter before FSU scored twice to seal the game.

The next year, Richt had graduated, but the Canes won their first national title.

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Overnight, FSU’s defense has become among the worst in nation

Suddenly, they are Rice.

Suddenly, they are Hawaii.

The defense of the Florida State Seminoles, usually a team strength, is playing chase. Receivers are streaming downfield. Quarterbacks are slicing and dicing. Running backs are shaking and baking. Kickers are mock-chopping with glee.

Sheesh. What gives?

Overnight, it seems, the defense of the Seminoles is tragically weak. Against FBS opponents (everyone but Charleston Southern), the Seminoles are allowing 42.5 points per game. They are giving up 6.98 yards per play, ahead of only Rice, Hawaii and Marshall. They’re 94th in the country in total defense.

The defense of the Seminoles has turned dismal. Filled with highly considered recruits on their way to the NFL, the defense has become the worst in the ACC and the worst in the Top 25. The Seminoles have now lost five of their last 12 games.

So far this year, the Seminoles have trailed Ole Miss 28-6, Louisville 63-10, USF 14-7 and North Carolina 21-0. Last week, it couldn’t hold a lead with 23 seconds to play. In every game against an FBS opponent, the Seminoles have given up a touchdown on the opponent’s first possession.

All of it has increased pressure on FSU defensive coordinator Charles Kelly.

“There ain’t nothing magical going to happen,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher. “You’ve got to coach better. We’ve got to play better.”

The Seminoles play Miami (4-0) Saturday. After that, FSU plays Wake Forest (4-1), N.C. State (3-1). Boston College (3-2), Syracuse (2-3) and Florida (4-1).

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54-yard field goal at buzzer spoils big comeback by FSU

The FSU Seminoles had evidently made one of the most impressive comeback wins in their history.

And then, shockingly, they had not.

The Seminoles, behind North Carolina by as many as 21 points on the afternoon, came back to take a one-point lead with 23 seconds to go. But Nick Weiler nailed a career-long 54-yard field goal as time expired and the Tar Heels salvaged a 37-35 game that may have eliminated the Seminoles from the national title picture.

FSU, which has now allowed 135 points in its last three games, didn’t have much trouble moving the ball. Quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 372 and ran for two touchdowns, including a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute. Dalvin Cook ran for 140 yards (and three touchdowns) and caught passes for 106 more yards.

“I have to coach better so we can play better,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.

Bobo Wilson caught six passes for 120 yards. But FSU’s Ricky Aguayo missed three field goals.

But the FSU defense continued to give up big yards. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky hit 31 of 38 passes for 405 yards. Receiver Ryan Switzer caught 14 passes for 158 yards.

North Carolina moved 40 yards in 19 seconds to get in position for the field goal, the last 15 against FSU’s Tavarus McFadden for pass interference.

For the day, FSU gained 598 yards and North Carolina gained 538.

The Seminoles face another test next week when a rejuvenated Miami comes to town.

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The Predictions: FSU will find enough defense to beat Tar Heels

Yeah, Dalvin Cook can reach the end zone.

So, too, can Jacques Patrick.

For that matter, Deondre Francois can reach Travis Rudolph there. And Bobo Wilson. And others.

That isn’t the question. The Seminoles can score, as games against Ole Miss and USF show. But can FSU stop anyone, in particular North Carolina’s talented offense? FSU is 121st in yards per play allowed (6.78), 121st in opposing offense yards per carry, 116th in yards per play (8.9) and 108th in scoring defense (35 points per game). FSU has allowed 98 points in its last two games.

Now comes North Carolina, averaging 7.5 yards per offensive play. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be the latest of a talented group of signal callers the Seminoles have faced.

Can FSU play good enough defense to stay in the game for their offense?

Eventually, they’ll have to.

FSU 38, North Carolina 34

Florida at Vanderbilt

The Gators have looked sluggish in other noon starts. But Vandy probably couldn’t win this one if it started at dawn.

Look for Florida’s defense to try to re-establish the rep it lost against Tennessee. This week, maybe Jim McElwain will let quarterback Austin Appleby play in both halves.

Florida 28, Vanderbilt 13

Miami at Georgia Tech

Every week, it feels more and more like Miami might be back. Oh, the schedule will get tougher, and the defense will be tested more than it has been. But Mark Richt seems to have infused the ’Canes with some of their old confidence.

It helps that Miami has quarterback Brad Kaaya, who figures to be the difference against a tough Georgia Tech team.

Miami 31, Georgia Tech 21

USF at Cincinnati

The Bulls wore out Cincinnati last year, but this season’s game figures to be more of a contest. Still, the Bulls have enough firepower to outlast the Bearcats, who are giving up more than 400 yards a game in their 3-1 start.

Look for Quinton Flowers to add to his almost 1,200 yards of total offense. Receiver Rodney Adams might have a big week as well.

USF 37, Cincinnati 31

FAU at FIU

The question about this year’s Shula Bowl is simple. Can either team win it?

FAU is 1-3 and coming off a loss to Ball State. FIU is 0-4 and coming off the firing of coach Ron Turner. FIU hasn’t offered much pass defense, which means the Owls’ Jason Driskel could have a good day.

FAU 20, FIU 16

Central Florida at East Carolina

The Knights are 2-2, which isn’t bad after an 0-12 season a year ago. Coach Scott Frost seems to have the Knights playing well (only Michigan has been a rout).

East Carolina has enough of a passing game (12th in the nation) to hang around for three quarters. In the end, however, look for UCF to make the key play.

UCF 27, East Carolina 20

The NFL

Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis (London)

The Jags have played better than you might think after looking at their 0-3 schedule. But they lost to Green Bay in a close game, and unbeaten Baltimore kicked a late field to beat them.

Indy is better now that you can say the same about Andrew Luck. But the feel is that Jacksonville is due.

Jacksonville 28, Indianapolis 23

Denver at Tampa Bay

The Broncos, Super Bowl champions, probably don’t care that the Bucs need a win. Tampa Bay is last in the NFL in points allowed, and the Bucs don’t have enough weapons to scare the Broncos defense unless Denver makes enough mistakes to help the Bucs get there.

They won’t.

Denver 30, Tampa Bay 17

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Loss to North Carolina helped spur FSU’s recent success

Can losing really teach a team more lessons than losing?

Can defeat point the proper way to play?

Maybe. Just as the FSU Seminoles, although they wouldn’t have said it at the time. It was 2010, Jimbo Fisher’s first season, and the Seminoles dropped a 37-35 shootout to the Tar Heels in Tallahassee.

Most the time that the two schools have played football, FSU has had its way. It has a 15-2 all time lead.

But not in 2010.

FSU lost its second straight game (losing to North Carolina State the week before) as T.J. Yates threw for 439 yards and three scores. Dwight Jones caught eight passes for 233 yards, including a 31-yarder to set up a winning field by Casey Barth with 55 seconds left.

The Seminoles had taken a 35-34 lead on Lonnie Pryor’s touchdown run.

FSU grew from that game, losing only the ACC title game that year. It lost four games in 2011, but it has lost only seven games since then.

Saturday will be the first time the two have played each other since.

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