All the Florida State Seminoles do is win. It’s not always pretty, but Jimbo Fisher‘s squad continues to find ways to remain unblemished.
Granted, the nation’s No. 3 team needed a pair of missed field goals to survive against their rival, the Florida Gators, but luck has been on the Seminoles’ side all season.
Saturday’s 24-19 victory over the Gators is the fourth time in six weeks Florida State won a game by five points or less.
The continued poor play, particularly in the first half, raises questions about how good this Seminoles team is even at 12-0.
Florida State’s performance against Florida didn’t exactly help its case.
The Seminoles escaped due to a pair of missed second-half field goals by Florida kicker Austin Hardin.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, also isn’t playing near the level he did a year ago.
The redshirt sophomore threw four interceptions Saturday, which is a new career high (or low depending on how you look at it). It wasn’t simply one poor game that can be easily swept aside.
Winston’s performance over the past five games has been well below his standards:
After falling behind yet again, poor play from its quarterback and barely winning another game, Florida State’s status is tenuous at best.
The Seminoles will remain ranked among the top four teams for the College Football Playoff, but another potential national championship run doesn’t seem nearly as likely compared to the dominant team that Fisher fielded last season.
All of this could come to a head next weekend when Florida State plays the No. 16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the ACC Championship Game. Georgia Tech came away with an overtime victory over the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs Saturday. Plus, the Yellow Jackets’ triple option attack is very difficult to prepare for even with a talented defense.
The ACC Championship Game won’t be an easy contest for Florida State, and that will simply fall in line with what everyone has seen all season. However, the program’s unique ability to survive and advance is all that matters.