For the first time in over a decade, and thanks to a deal reached last year between the football independent and its conference home for most other sports, Florida State and Notre Dame will reportedly square off during the regular season.
Warchant.com, citing multiple sources, is reporting that the Seminoles will play host to the Irish in Tallahassee on an undetermined date during the 2014 season. The game would be part of Notre Dame’s scheduling agreement with the ACC, which was announced last year as five games annually against conference members.
The Irish already have games scheduled against Pittsburgh and Syracuse in 2014, the first year of the football arrangement with the ACC. The other two ACC opponents for Notre Dame in 2014 have not been released.
While the date of the, uh, date with the Irish is not yet known, the Rivals.com website writes “that FSU and the ACC are clearing the deck to play the game early in the season.”
Notre Dame and Florida State have met seven times over the past 20-plus years, with the latter holding a 5-2 edge in the series. One of those losses for the ‘Noles, however, was the epic 1993 game; with the Seminoles ranked No. 1 and the Irish No. 2, Notre Dame claimed a 31-24 mid-November win in South Bend. FSU, though, still went on to win the national championship that season thanks to ND’s loss to Boston College the following week and their own two-point win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
The last time the two faced each other in football during the regular season was 2003, a 37-0 FSU win. The last actual meeting, regular season or otherwise, was in the Champs Sports Bowl following the 2011 season, again a win (18-14) for the Seminoles.
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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.
As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.
“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”
“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”
Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.
“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”
With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.