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Florida State delivers final blow to dismal Florida season

Jameis Winston vs Florida AP

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had three touchdowns to Kelvin Benjamin as No. 2 Florida State (12-0, 8-0 ACC) blew out Florida (4-8, 3-5 SEC) in Gainesville, 37-7. Florida State now heads to the ACC Championship Game, where a win will more than likely clinch a spot in the BCS Championship Game.

In his final regular season game of the year, Winston completed 19 of 31 pass attempts for 327 yards and three touchdowns, and he was intercepted once in the first half. It was a slow start for Winston and the Florida State offense, but they found their rhythm in plenty of time to take firm control of the game against a weakened Florida team. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher did not let Winston lose his composure either in the second half, grabbing Winston by the face mask to get in his ear when tensions seemed to be rising on the field. The objective is clear for Florida State is clear right now. Take care of what you can on the field and win one more game. There is no need to get caught up in nonsense at this point of the game and season, and keeping a young player like Winston focused on that ultimate goal is good coaching, especially considering all fo the off-field drama floating above Winston.

As far as on-field performance is concerned, Winston did nothing to suggest he should not be the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Another fine performance next week to lead Florida State to an ACC title could be the clincher.

Florida State’s opponent in next week’s ACC Championship Game will be Duke, who hung on for a road win at North Carolina while Florida State’s game was being played. Duke intercepted a late fourth quarter pass to seal a victory in Chapel Hill to clinch the ACC Coastal Division. This will be Florida State’s second straight ACC Championship Game appearance after defeating Georgia Tech last year.

Florida’s season is now complete, and perhaps that is a good thing. The Gators won just four games this season and ended the year with a woeful seven-game losing streak marred by losses to Georgia, Georgia Southern, Vanderbilt and Florida State. The talk about Will Muschamp being on a hot seat may be legitimate, but there has been no indication he could be looking for a job to this point. Florida AD Jeremy Foley has backed Muschamp and Florida did win 11 games last season. There is work to be done, and it appears Muschamp will be there to do it.

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13 Responses to “Florida State delivers final blow to dismal Florida season”
  1. lbijake says: Nov 30, 2013 3:18 PM

    Duke in the Championship game. Gotta love it. Their coach doing a heckuva job.

  2. modhairken says: Nov 30, 2013 3:31 PM

    Congrats Muschamp on the worst season since 1979. You blamed your offense all week, but where was your defense today? Your beach buddy took it easy on you.

    Muschamp, you’ve done nothing to deserve a 4th year. You are supposedly a good recruiter, but where are they? You have a knack for taking enthusiastic kids and turning them into feeble drones.

    Foley, 4-8 is not on you. But sticking your head in the sand will be.

    2014. The Goodbye Tour for Foley-Muschamp. Hopefully, Muschamp can do at least as good as Gary Darnell.

  3. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 3:35 PM

    FSU wasn’t their sharpest, but they still beat Florida like a drum today, so I’m happy. There is a lot of speed on that Florida sideline going to waste.

  4. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Nov 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    Game wasn’t nearly as close as the score implies…FSU receivers dropped several really well thrown balls, should have been 51 – 7 or worse.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 30, 2013 4:07 PM

    Tree could have had 350 yards if he weren’t licking his chops for mounds of YAC on those drops.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 30, 2013 4:08 PM

    Cutcliffe is Coach of the Year IMO.

  7. wabbitslayer says: Nov 30, 2013 4:18 PM

    Very disappointed in you, FSU.
    VERY disappointed.
    Wanted to see you hang at least 70 on them.

  8. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 4:46 PM

    wabbitslayer,

    They went easy on Jimbo’s buddy. The receivers dropped at least 21 points alone.

  9. canetic says: Nov 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    The best thing about the offseason is going to be the knowledge that Muschamp is coming back to set the Gators back another ten years.

  10. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 30, 2013 6:27 PM

    Let this sink in…the Gators are putting up their pads. Crazy.

    I bet that Foley is only 100% committed now. He will can Muschamp midseason if they aren’t winning.

  11. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Nov 30, 2013 7:28 PM

    and Bama just lost….God loves the Noles…

  12. florida727 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:54 AM

    As a long-time Florida fan, I’m disgusted. I’m glad that Foley has such confidence in Muschamp, because no one else does. Great recruiter? Then try recruiting DEPTH. That’s the sign of a GREAT recruiter… getting kids that are willing to shelve their ‘me-first’ attitude because they were the BMOC in high school and EARN their playing time at an elite-level program. Sorry, Will, can’t bemoan the injury thing, privately or publicly. Every team deals with injuries to key personnel, at every level, high school, college, pros. That’s why you have EIGHTY players on scholarship and not just 22.

  13. sillec28 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:20 AM

    The FSU game wasn’t the final blow of the season for Florida. The final blow was Foley’s “1,000%” statement of support for Muschamp.

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