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No. 12 Florida State preparing for Deshaun Watson, No. 3 Clemson

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Florida State is hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself as it prepares to face another Heisman Trophy contender. The 12th-ranked Seminoles had one of their worst games of the Jimbo Fisher era in a thumping against Lamar Jackson and No. 5 Louisville. On Saturday, they face Deshaun Watson and third-ranked Clemson for the third time. “You watch the consistency he plays with, he throws the deep ball, the short ball, can run,” Fisher said of Watson. “He’s a great competitor…

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Seminoles favored in Saturday matchup with North Carolina

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North Carolina (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at No. 12 Florida State (3-1, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Line: Florida State by 11. Series Record: Florida State leads 15-2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Both teams look to keep pace in their respective divisions as they face each other for the first time since 2010 (UNC won 37-35). The Tar Heels are tied with Virginia Tech atop the Coastal Division while the Seminoles, who dropped their conference opener to Louisville on Sept. 17, need a…

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FSU focuses on problems ahead vs USF

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The last time Florida State lost a game by 30-plus points, it had an entire offseason to get over it. The Seminoles don’t have that luxury this time. Just about 48 hours after the 63-20 beating at Louisville , coach Jimbo Fisher was trying to move past being shell shock and address the glaring problems as his 13th-ranked Seminoles prepare for Saturday’s game at South Florida. “Ranting and raving and yelling isn’t going to do anything right now,” Fisher said,…

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Florida State secondary a confident unit that will be “fine”

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Things are quieter without Jalen Ramsey patrolling the Florida State secondary. That doesn’t mean the unit doesn’t still have plenty of confidence without last season’s boisterous leader. Even with the loss of Ramsey, who is expected to be a top 10 pick in next month’s NFL draft, most of the secondary returns. Last season Florida State was 21st in the nation against the pass, allowing just 191.6 yards per game. “He was one of those guys who let you know…

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