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Florida State cruises back to ACC Championship Game

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Florida State (9-0, 7-0 ACC) is now, officially, on their way back to the ACC Championship Game. After taking a commanding 42-0 lead in to halftime at Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5 ACC) the Seminoles were able to put everything on cruise control the rest of the way. Florida State’s 59-3 victory clinched the ACC’s atlantic Division and will send the defending ACC champions back to Charlotte at the end of the regular season for a chance to defend the conference crown and perhaps play for a bigger prize in January.

Jameis Winston got an early day off with the game well in hand. The Heisman favorite finished his afternoon with 159 passing yards and two touchdowns. ┬áThe Florida State offense was set up for a weird day in the stats because the defense was so dominant against the Demon Deacons. Florida State recorded seven turnovers, including six interceptions. That was twice as many catches by Florida State’s defensive players as Wake Forest receivers at one point in the fourth quarter, with Tanner Price and Tyler Cameron having an absolutely brutal day against a far superior opponent.

Florida State’s dominating performance could not have come at a better time. Having already passed Oregon in the BCS standings after last week and with the Ducks losing Thursday night, Florida State will put a strangle hold on one of the top two spots in the BCS standings the rest of the way. With a favorable schedule to close out November, including a regular season finale against a woful Florida team, it will be difficult for any teams to track down the Noles for a top two spot. Florida State may also start to make a dent in the first place voting as well.

Florida State could be looking at a rematch against Miami in the ACC Championship Game, but the Coastal Division still has some things to sort out over the next few weeks. Don’t count on Florida State losing focus on the big picture here though while waiting to find out who they will play next. Florida State has now been there and done that as far as the conference championship game is concerned. The big prize is within their reach and getting closer each week.

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14 Responses to “Florida State cruises back to ACC Championship Game”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    Yawn.

  2. longtallsam says: Nov 9, 2013 5:07 PM

    I sure hope Bama and FSU continue to win and make it to the NC game. Then, I would love to see FSU put it to Bama. But who knows, Bama is just now starting to play some decent teams, and could lose one.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 9, 2013 5:11 PM

    We better not lose a game this year. And Winston better not be hurt after that clown Whitlock dove into his knee.

  4. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 9, 2013 5:21 PM

    Don’t worry Mr. Wright. With that soft schedule I’m sure FSU will run the table. I mean Miami was your toughest opponent and they have no business in the top 25.

  5. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 9, 2013 5:26 PM

    Not taking Anything from FSU. They are a good team no doubt. Just saying their schedule is soft. Then again, seems just about every team this year has a soft schedule. I mean the premier game tonight is bama vs a 2 loss and over rated LSU team.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 9, 2013 5:31 PM

    If you begin a statement with “not taking anything from” someone, you are indeed attempting to do so.

    I’m done responding to fools like you after Thursday.

  7. realfootballfan says: Nov 9, 2013 5:35 PM

    That was brutal. The Wake Forest QBs probably threw more passes to FSU than to their own receivers. Also, Winston better not get hurt because for all of Fisher’s talking up of Coker in the off-season almost beating out Winston, they are light years apart in their game. That would be like the Marcus Outzen disaster back in the day if he’s pressed into duty.

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 9, 2013 5:51 PM

    Yes! At least you’ll talk to me until Thursday. But truthfully we can talk well beyond your specified date. It won’t be until Jan. That you get true competition, and on that date in Jan. FSU will be going down Notre Dame style. Gotta love the pathetic ACC Kool-Aid drinkers.

  9. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 9, 2013 5:53 PM

    Also I like that you are able to speak for me. It’s cute. Maybe we can make this work after all.

  10. longtallsam says: Nov 9, 2013 6:13 PM

    madtownthrowdown says:
    “on that date in Jan. FSU will be going down Notre Dame style. Gotta love the pathetic ACC Kool-Aid drinkers.”

    If it is one thing I would bet on, is that if FSU makes it to the NC game, they won’t be “going down Notre Dame style. Last year, Notre was lucky to win four or five of their games. This year, FSU has pretty much dominated every game.

    You can whack on their schedule if you want, but who has Bama played? Baylor had played absolutely no one prior to OU, and they are great. Oregon was supposed to be invincible, before they were hammered by Stanford, who lost to Utah!

    FSU has beaten two top ten teams. Which other currently undefeated team has done that? Bama may beat FSU, but it won’t be a smackdown!

  11. longtallsam says: Nov 9, 2013 6:15 PM

    Meant to say, “Baylor had played absolutely no one prior to OU, and they aren’t great.”

  12. remyje says: Nov 9, 2013 6:23 PM

    @madtownthrowdown what about Clemson at home dork?

  13. jimbrashear says: Nov 9, 2013 10:10 PM

    The soft schedule talk is tired. You can only play who you are scheduled to… And at the time they played them Clemson was #3, Miami #7, and Maryland #24. That’s 3 top 25 blow outs. Is it possible that it isn’t that Florida State has played nobody, but that they are good enough to make even good teams LOOK like nobody’s? Just sayin’.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:10 PM

    Someone should yank your internet connection, you fools who come here saying FSU has “played no one.” No one has, by your logic. I know you wanted Clemson and Miami to beat them so that you could come on and crow, but now you types of people dismiss them as “no good” because Florida State is just much better and you don’t want to admit it? Laughable. According to these people, none of the teams that they can’t stand to see winning has “played anyone.”

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