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Stunner: NC St. hands ‘Noles first loss of season

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Well, so much for Florida State being back.  Or, at least, all the way back.

In one of the more stunning upsets of the 2012 season, the Seminoles’ — and thus the ACC’s — hopes at a shot at a BcS championship went down in complete and utter flames as North Carolina State shockingly upended the No. 3 team in the country.

The Wolfpack, playing without three starting offensive linemen, trailed 16-0 deep into the fourth quarter, but mounted a comeback that shattered FSU’s dreams of a return to the big-boy stage of college football.  The final dagger for the ‘Noles came late in the quarter, with a Mike Glennon touchdown pass of two yards to Bryan Underwood proving to be the game-winning score.

For FSU, the loss was the latest — and arguably the greatest — hiccup for a football program that hasn’t been relevant nationally for a decade or more.  For the ACC, it saw its lone unbeaten team crash and burn, scorching any hopes it had entertained to be in the postseason title mix as well.

While it’s of little comfort to Seminole Nation, FSU was far from the only highly-ranked program to suffer its first blemish.  In fact, three of the top five teams in the country — No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Georgia as well as the ‘Noles — had its first mark ion the right side of the won/loss ledger.  Additionally, two other previously unbeaten and ranked teams — No. 15 TCU and No. 24 Northwestern — suffered their first loss of the season.

As it stands now, there are 16 undefeated teams at the FBS level, 13 from so-called BcS-level schools.  The SEC has the most remaining with four, while (surprise!) the Big East is next with three.

Given how wild the 2012 season has been just six weeks in, it’s anyone’s guess how many will be left even a week from now let alone at season’s end.

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28 Responses to “Stunner: NC St. hands ‘Noles first loss of season”
  1. jrocknstuff says: Oct 7, 2012 12:11 AM

    FSU really was never a top 3 team. This loss is only fitting. Hopefully now Kansas State moves up to that vacated 3 spot where they belong. I just hope when it comes down to it we don’t have multiple undefeated teams, because I don’t see Alabama or Oregon losing. If Kansas State runs a talented Big 12 we’re gonna have problems

  2. truetarheelfan says: Oct 7, 2012 12:14 AM

    Horrible loss the Seminoles continue to shoot themselves yr in and yr out everyone says they are back.. They drink the kool aid and lose to a team they should dominate what a jeckyll and Hyde team ugh

  3. truetarheelfan says: Oct 7, 2012 12:16 AM

    And sorry but the top three are Alabama Oregon these two are clearly head and shoulders above everyone else and South Carolina is chasing and closig hard if they beat fl smh they are good the ole ball coach has done it again

  4. ndnut says: Oct 7, 2012 12:21 AM

    Let us have some gun, shall we? Florida beats SC, UGA beats Florida, and LSU beats Alabama. The East then beats the West in the title game. Stanford beats Oregon and USC beats Oregon in the PAC-12 title game. tOSU goes undefeated, K-State wins the Big 12 undefeated, and for kicks and giggles, ND goes undefeated. You have lenty of quality teams and not all are undefeated. Who’s playing in the BcS title game?

  5. jrocknstuff says: Oct 7, 2012 12:22 AM

    South Carolina will handle Florida no problem, but they won’t get past Alabama at the Georgia Dome. No great shakes Florida beating LSU. This is a lousy LSU team this year. Barely got by Auburn and Towson.

  6. truetarheelfan says: Oct 7, 2012 12:26 AM

    U wanna know what the sad part about this all is? Florida state shot themselves in the foot like this all the time even in the hey days of Bobbie Bowden… It’s like they say just for fun lets not really play hard today smh most over and underrated team in college football history now how does that mak since smh

  7. jrocknstuff says: Oct 7, 2012 12:31 AM

    ndnut – in your scenario above: Notre Dame and Kansas State

  8. ndnut says: Oct 7, 2012 12:49 AM

    jrocknstuff- as an ND fan, I can see putting them in the title game because of schedule, but I wonder if they wouldn’t play Ohio State or the SEC Champions over K-State. It’s still tough to choose though.

  9. ndnut says: Oct 7, 2012 12:50 AM

    *I forgot that Ohio State was on a bowl ban. Sorry.*

  10. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 7, 2012 1:28 AM

    haw haw haw Congratulations to the Wolfpack and the great NC state fans. Terrific win!

    I guess my Vols dont look like scrubs now do they? LOL

  11. truefootballinsight says: Oct 7, 2012 3:06 AM

    Called this back in the week 5 rewind and some fool was arguing with me -_- tsk tsk tsk

  12. teambringitstrong says: Oct 7, 2012 7:46 AM

    Was Jeff Bowden calling the plays in the 2nd half? WTF was up with that?
    Rejoice haters, but then wake up tomorrow to the same real life problems you had when you went to bed.

  13. canetic says: Oct 7, 2012 8:13 AM

    FSU and USC always pull out a loss to an overmatched team no matter how highly they are ranked. At least they are consistent losers.

  14. js20011041 says: Oct 7, 2012 8:35 AM

    Hey canetic, how’d those canes do against ND? I missed it.

  15. fla2012 says: Oct 7, 2012 8:49 AM

    The overall rankings of teams is sad, very slanted, and flawed. Florida State lost because they are just not a great team. Their record was misleading, (look who they have played). Looking at reality for what it is, USC, Oregon, ND, Kansas State, OSU or ND are all teams propped up by the weak, second level confrences they play in. Proof of this is the fact that whenever these teams, in the last decade meet an SEC team, they are usually far outclassed and routed. Indeed, the only reason we do mot see the SEC perpetually taking the national championship, is because they play each other and bump eachother off during the season.
    There is a reason as to why the level of play between the SEC and other confrences is so wide. It is called conditioning. They train in the summer, mainly in the south, with near 100% humidity and near 100 temp. This instills a huge amount of stamina in the players in all positions. When the fall arrives, their conditioning places them in a higher league than teams that do not train under those conditions. Thus, in the second half of games, while other confrence teams are ‘huffing and puffing’ the SEC teams are usually just warming up.
    The noles train in these conditions as well, but have molded their team to best match up with the other ACC teams, unlike the SEC whom instill size as wall as speed into the mix of their line up.
    If you doubt this, Just ask yourself how long it has been since someone other than an SEC team has been crowned as national champion?

  16. scalpemseminoles says: Oct 7, 2012 8:56 AM

    Jimbo has some explaining to do

  17. mwm367 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:18 AM

    The only people that were surprised here are non-Wolfpack fans. We knew we were gonna kick their butts back to fla. Don’t come to the Wolfpack den and think you’re gonna walk all over us. Did you see that crowd? Insane. We’ve got FSU’s number……and it’s zero. GO PACK!!!

  18. stairwayto7 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:41 AM

    Penn State won, did FSU, LSU and Georgia win? LOL LOL LOL!

  19. ndnut says: Oct 7, 2012 9:51 AM

    ND weak schedule? Michigan and Michigan State were no gimmies, and this throbbing of Miami looked pretty impressive. I wouldn’t call their schedule weak and it gets stronger over the rest if the season. If ND ends up undefeated, they deserve a title shot. Biggest word in that is if, BECAUSE OF THEIR TOUGH SCHEDULE!

  20. florida727 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:56 AM

    jrocknstuff says:
    Oct 7, 2012 12:22 AM
    South Carolina will handle Florida no problem…


    Really? If the Gator defense plays like it did yesterday, Lattimore rushes for less than 75 yards and the front of Connor Shaw’s jersey will be a lot cleaner than the back of it.

    I’ll tell you what does bother me though… Gary Danielson, on CBS’ coverage of the Gator/LSU game yesterday is already politicking for a 1-loss SEC team to play for the national championship, and that’s just a flat-out bias on his part. Every Saturday he does color commentary on the SEC game of the week. He was already touting how any one of a number of scenarios could play out where a 1-loss SEC team should be in the title game. If Oregon, K-State, Notre Dame, any one of a couple others run the table, THEY deserve to be in. As of right now, the title game does however have to go through Tuscaloosa.

  21. florida727 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:00 AM

    “stairwayto7”, how did those games against Ohio U. and Virginia turn out for you guys?

  22. fla2012 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:26 AM

    Yes, ND has a weak schedule. Michigan as well as Michigan State are not teams that would match up well against the elite leading teams of the SEC. Nor would ND. As for Miami, come now, they are just a terrible team, look at their record. The simple reality is that if the current ND, USC or Oregon teams were in the SEC, they would be in the mid to lower levels of the confrence.
    Does anyone really believe ND or Oregon would have much of a chance against Alabama? Surely you cannot be jest. Wasn’t it last season where Oregon got took apart in the season opener by one of the SEC teams? LSU i think? I’ll have to check. At any rate, after all the press build up of Oregon the game turned out as expected. . . they got their clocks cleaned by the SEC.

  23. stairwayto7 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    florida727, if you watched those games, and I take you did not, a tip pass for a td changed the Ohio game and 4 missed fg cost PSU a 1 point loss! PSU has 4 win and most “so called expects” said 3 wins!

  24. thefiesty1 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:19 PM

    You forgot that Texas was also unbeaten and ranked 11 and lost to WVU by 3 in addition to NW and TCU. But 3, 4, and 5 going down is quite a shock.

  25. jkaflagg says: Oct 7, 2012 8:22 PM

    FSU (and Oklahoma) can always be counted on to lose a game they should not; however, LSU and Georgia lost to teams that were clearly superior. Although I don’t think they have the strength in the interior lines to stack up with the SEC teams, don’t count out USC still getting to the title game by knocking off Oregon & Notre Dame…..

  26. slk018 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:40 AM

    HA HA HA HA….I love it, all the FSU clowns can shut up now…Go back to your drive thru degree, std/cocaine/steroid cest pool and leave us alone…Go Gators

  27. hectare22 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:25 AM

    Jimbo Fisher/EJ Manuel cost this team a loss to a lesser opponent. Let’s start with Jimbo, put down the offensive coordinator’s job, concentrate on being the head coach only. Jimbo, continues to make some of the biggest mistakes in play calling, in game, if your gameplan is not working, then make adjustments to what the defense is doing. NC state, went to run blitz’s, corner blitz’s, and Jimbo, doesn’t adjust with quick passes to backs in the flat, hot reads to a very talented tight-end, I’ve seen this from him for much too long. Which makes my point, when you’re the hc/oc, its difficult to say self, my plan stinks, so change it. Okay, EJ, its your turn to take your medicine for playing like a red-shirt freshman, instead of a five year senior, go through your pre-snap reads, recognize the blitz from the corner, check out of that play, and call a different play to take advantage of the spot vacated by that defender. Please stop standing in the pocket like a statue holding the ball forever, if the receivers are not open, can we see some of this athletic ability that everyone keeps talking about, run the ball man!!!
    inconsistent play from this position for too many years are preventing the Seminoles from dominating the way they should. Oh, back to you Jimbo, another reason to put down the oc position, bunring three time outs in the second half for some very dumb reasons, get the plays in to the quarterback on time, don’t waste a much needed timeout, on a dumb challenge, the average football fan knows that the player must maintain posseesion of ball through the catch, you challenge the call, and lose your final timeout, which could have help with only 19 seconds left in the game when you got the ball back. The Seminoles will win a national championship in the next three or four seasons, Clint Trickett is not a better quarterback than EJ Manuel physically, however, he has better pocket presence, and feel for the game, and will use his playmakers the way that Danny Kanell, Casey Weldon did in their days at that position…Florida Gaators please, talk smack when you beat the likes of the gamecocks, bama, and even, the bulldogs…

  28. hor2012 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:44 PM

    I shocked. I didn’t realize that the Seminoles had lost. That pretty much cost them the national title. Also, I agree with Jimbo Fisher hiring a OC. Jimbo didn’t have those offensive stats at LSU because he was a great OC. He did it because he had better personal. I don’t think a switch at QB is the answer. FSU issues have more to do with plays than players

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