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Florida State finally gets a statement win under Jimbo Fisher

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From the moment our preseason top 25 was released, to last week when the demons (of Wake Forest) were finally exorcised, we here at CFT have thought long and thought hard about whether Florida State was really… you know…”back.”

It’s a four-letter word of vulgar yet somehow simultaneously diluted meaning because it’s a movie we’ve seen before. The plot goes as such: the Seminoles enter the season with lofty expectations with promises that this finally the year of a return to national prominence, only to underachieve and end up in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Though FSU was 3-0 heading into tonight’s game against No. 10 Clemson, could you blame anyone for thinking this year was any different? Sure, a 69-3 season-opening win over Murray State and consecutive shutouts against Savannah State and Wake Forest is worth at least a raise of the eyebrow, but it’s also Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest.

So forgive me for having a Stephen A. Smith moment when I thought “the Clemson Tigers are not the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.”

As it turns out, though, Florida State may not be Florida State, or at least the Florida State of old. You know, the one that loses to Wake Forest and can’t beat top-ranked Oklahoma to thrust itself back into college football’s elite group. This time around, the fourth-ranked Seminoles seized the opportunity to knock off Clemson 49-37. It was Jimbo Fisher‘s first win over a top-10 team since taking over for Bobby Bowden in 2010.

And Fisher needed a big win. For all the hype, the top recruiting classes, FSU has had nothing meaningful to show for it in Fisher’s short tenure. The ACC needed it too. Since expanding to 12 members in 2005, the ACC has not become the football power conference it was expected to be. If anything, it’s been right around, or just above, the level of the Big East. To change its perception, the ACC needs a traditional power to be nationally relevant again.

What team better than Florida State?

Could that happen this year? Perhaps. We’re not ready to use the “B-word” just yet, but the ‘Noles continue to give off the appearance that they’re for real (and we mean it this time, we think).  Keep in mind that September is for overreactions, October should be when the polls are first released and November is for separating the contenders from the pretenders. So right now, everyone’s just guessing. Want to stop the guesses? Keep winning and no one will wonder about Florida State.

They’ll wonder if the Mayans were right.

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19 Responses to “Florida State finally gets a statement win under Jimbo Fisher”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 23, 2012 12:54 AM

    I have much respect for Jimbo Fisher and his wife for their work on behalf of children, their own child with a serious disease and thousands of other children, through their foundation and charitable work. I have wished Jimbo and his FSU team well over the past years, held up hope, then to have it dashed by an “under-performance.”

    On the night when my LSU Tigers, whom Jimbo used to be the assistant coach, just about gave away the game due to turnovers and played a sloppy game but finally won at Auburn, FSU was working well and playing well and winning against Clemson.

    I don’t know if I can say they are B-B-B-B-B-Back (forgive the stammer) yet either, but it sure is encouraging to see what I see so far. This was a BIG win for Jimbo and for Florida State.

    “October should be when the polls are first released and November is for separating the contenders from the pretenders.” One of not only the best lines in this story, JT, but one of the best lines and most truthful lines ever on CFT! Succinct, to the point, truthful, and uncompromising. That is just the way it is, or should be.

  2. igottz5onit says: Sep 23, 2012 1:12 AM

    Great win for a solid FSU Team. I’m a huge Clemson fan and graduate and wish we coulda pulled off the upset but it was a great game and it will be nice to have some legitimacy in the ACC again.

  3. huskerzfan says: Sep 23, 2012 1:40 AM

    Ahhh yes. Florida State beats an overrated Clemson team and they are ‘back’?

    They may well run the ACC undefeated, bu tthey still have to play Florida, which is sadly their toughest game of the year.

    Plenty have fallen on that ‘Florida State is back” grenade. Good to see you fall right in line and have given enough excuses behind your claims to back out.

    No crow here, You can claim good or bad from here on out with somewhat a straight face and say you were right. Nice work. Way to take a stance on one side or the other.

  4. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 8:00 AM

    Maybe we weren’t watching the same teams how can u call Clemson overrated have u seen the speed they have on that team and they are mostly sophomores this is a very good team don’t hate can’t say to state is back but if they don’t buy their own hype and go out and handle trap game south fl u can def say this team is being serious… Clemson overrated ur comment was overrated and I’m not a fan of either team but I know two top 10 teams when I see them and FSU and Clemson are both that don’t believe me? Just look at the other so called top teams that struggled LSU was punch less no one calling them pretenders… Oklahoma was being the benefit of the doubt hopefully people see now they arent for real USC? Stanford still no one questions them even after struggling this latest game As well stop hating

  5. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 8:02 AM

    Stop hating still to early but those two teams are really good fl state back? Very close.. But not quite sold yet let’s see florida play a real team ky c’mon man vandy? Yeah real tough schedule

  6. WingT says: Sep 23, 2012 9:04 AM

    That was a great game to watch. Both teams fought to the end. With games like this you hate for there to be a loser. Florida St is for real and so is Clemson. Clemson is loaded with talent and they have a most remarkable coach in Dabo .

  7. crazycane says: Sep 23, 2012 11:12 AM

    FSU plays a schedule that would make a Pop Warner team jealous. When WVU pulled out they scheduled a FCS team instead of an FBS. By the time the season ends, they would’ve played 1ranked team. Louisiana Monroe had a harder schedule.

  8. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    Do ur research they couldn’t find an fcs team willing to play a team of their calibur on short notice… Again not a state fan but I do love the acc are we the strongest no we are not and no w are not the sec but I believe top to bottom we are just as go

  9. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    Sorry iPhone user like I was saying I believe th acc is just as good as say the big 12 def better than the b1g and big east sec and PAC 12 are just monsters sec is way above the rest fl state is a great team so is Clemson ur name must be hater did ur team lose yesterday?

  10. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    And to the first comment I agree totally

  11. grudenthediva says: Sep 23, 2012 3:30 PM

    “When WVU pulled out they scheduled a FCS team instead of an FBS. By the time the season ends, they would’ve played 1ranked team. ”

    OU declined. BSU declined. EVERYONE in the FBS declined when FSU got notice of WVU ducking in February.

    Maybe we should’ve scheduled FIU, this way you could’ve used your student ID to get a ticket.

  12. tigersgeaux says: Sep 23, 2012 3:47 PM


    I work with the southernpatriots’ family in their Neighborhood Watch pioneering work in south Louisiana and now with the Hurricane Isaac Relief. I am able to hear the doctor and other members of the family talk about football often, since they are strong alums and fans of LSU.

    I was a startled to read your posting that FSU tried to schedule OU, BSU, etc. LSU also tried to schedule some of the more storied football programs. Finally after much negotiation, the Senior AAD of LSU was able to schedule OU, and TCU, but USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and others did not want to schedule LSU for various reasons, the most common was similar to: “we already have a tough schedule and are not looking to add another tough game to it.”

    Maybe these same or similar reasons were used to deny scheduling with FSU?

    What finally won the argument with OU and TCU was, “We know your schedule is tough. We play a tough schedule in the SEC each year. Each year we play either the eventual champion or the SEC champion and numerous teams ranked in the top 10.” If FSU continues to win, they will play those teams that refused them, in a bowl, in a championship but somehow it always seems to work out that they will play them somewhere.

  13. grudenthediva says: Sep 23, 2012 5:42 PM

    I want to play LSU, badly. It’s got nothing to do with bragging, I just think the tailgate and atmosphere would be epic. Might be a hell of a game as well.

    That and we can all rag on Florida together.

  14. grudenthediva says: Sep 23, 2012 5:44 PM

    Those are legitimate reasons, tigersgeaux. It’s not that I fault teams like OU and BSU for declining (though I seem to remember BSU always saying they’d play anyone, anywhere, but that’s besides the point). It just makes my blood boil when I hear people accuse FSU’s AD of taking the easy way out, as if they wanted Savannah State all along.

    It’s been common knowledge since February and yet a lot of these people are just plain allergic to facts in favor of good bias.

  15. tigersgeaux says: Sep 23, 2012 6:31 PM

    I personally would love LSU to play FSU. The atmosphere at Tiger Stadium Death Valley at night is incomparable. Toughest venue according to the legend Bear Bryant and others.

    Southernpatriots family knows and really likes the Fishers and would love to see them again, it would be like homecoming for them to come to LSU, and of course LSU could go there, but when Les Miles old university where he played football and where he coached under Bo has not seen fit to schedule LSU in 8 years for The Big House in Michigan, who knows if they ever will agree. I see your frustrations. After all, FSU has to play somebody and if the majors won’t schedule then you have to schedule who will.

  16. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 6:51 PM

    Very true the Seminoles reached out to Ou no dice I think they knew it was gonna be ugly in Norman or in Tallahassee Boise state claims they will play anyone and yet politely declined to play FSU interestingly enough once Oregon got really really fast even faster than with lagarret Blount Boise state wouldn’t renew their contract… FSU reached out to other programs my understanding is alot of them just weren’t willin to put their program through a pervervial blood bath… They gotta play someone and it benefitted the schools tht did come in… Savanna state got almost a mil same for Murray both in need of upgrades to their respective facilities… Fl state is doing what they are supposed to do dominate lesser teams south Florida was supposed to be good not Seminoles fault they are under achieving… But they do have talent and seem to get up for the big three in Florida as they are known… If Florida state dominates them in what is sure to be called a trap game then I think if LSU continues I struggle with its qb play u have to at least consider FSU is the #3 team in all of college football

  17. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 7:01 PM

    With fl state back and Clemson not showing signs of slowing down va is much improved and vtech always gets better as the season goes along UNC has yet another top 25 recruiting class maybe we can finally break out of the 8-5 mold we seem so comfortable with the acc is on the rise yayy FINALLY!!!!

  18. rcquinn1972 says: Sep 23, 2012 7:12 PM

    Dear Haters, The ACC is not on the level of the SEC, but it is getting better, and Clemson is the real deal. FSU is looking like a championship contending team, and anyone that doesn’t see that, doesn’t know jack about college football. Keep spitting your hate, and we’ll keep winning big in Tally Ho!

  19. truetarheelfan says: Sep 23, 2012 7:39 PM

    Lol NICE lol live that letter to the hater I believe there is a Song like that hi hater bye hater u see me…. Hi hater lmao

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