In an abysmal showing on all sides, Florida State has lost its 5th consecutive game against hated rival Miami.

Is this rock bottom for the Noles?

FAILURE IN HARD ROCK

Florida State’s offense looked good in its scripted drives. Its half-opening drives produced 26 plays for 146 yards and 10 points. Outside of those two drives, FSU was only gained 178 yards and no points.

The defense also had a poor showing. Aside from blitzes, the Seminole front was unable to establish any sort of pressure on Miami’s offensive line. To make matters worse, there were blown assignments and gaps in coverage for the majority of the night.

Miami took total advantage of every mistake, dominating the Noles with 517 yards on its way to a 42-point rout.

WHERE DOES FSU GO FROM HERE?

The Norvell era has gotten off to the worst possible start. The ‘Noles have dropped their opener to a bad Georgia Tech team, and taken a walloping from an in-state rival.

Florida State is going to have trouble winning 4 games. At this point, treat the season as a wash and give the game to the young guys who want to fight. Reward some of these players’ lack of heart and fight with a position on the bench. Pick and choose the players who don’t give up until the final whistle, and start building your team around them. In two or three years, you’ll have a winning football team.

Remember the 30-0 Wake loss? Those change things. Heavy losses like this are a good catalyst for major changes. Norvell and company need to make such changes to start building for the future.

PROS/CONS

PROS

  • This staff showed ability in making adjustments. Miami let off the gas a little, but a 38-3 half score could have been MUCH worse had the Noles not shown some fight in the 2nd half.
  • Promising youth. Lawrance Toafili, Josh Griffis, and Travis Jay were impact players in this game. Rodemaker threw a freshman pick but altogether was a refreshing look at quarterback.
  • Better running game than last week. Sacks included, FSU averaged 4.5 yards per carry.

CONS

  • The defense was abysmal all around. Blown coverage and no pressure all night long.
  • Turnovers. Each of FSU’s three QBs who played threw a pick.
  • Passing game.
  • Penalties.