This is the last conference game of the 2016 season. While this has not been the season that was expected, a strong finish has put FSU in position
to once again achieve a 10 win season.
Florida State, as expected, had no problem with Syracuse. The Orange finished the game with 196 total yards and 46 of those came on a hail-mary touchdown
pass to end the 1st half. They had 37 net yards rushing in 35 attempts.
Next up is the in-state grudge match against Florida. FSU will attempt to win their 4th straight over the Gators. In addition to 4 straight over Florida this senior
class also has 4 straight over Miami. No senior class has ever gone 8-0 vs. their in-state rivals. A win would also give Florida State the “State Championship” title.
The Seminoles have beaten both Miami and USF this year. Florida only plays the Noles, as they must make sure to get “Powerhouse Teams” UMass and North Texas
on their schedule. Why don’t they play Miami, USF or UCF on a regular basis?
The major story in Saturdays win over Syracuse was the milestones that running-back Dalvin Cook accomplished.
With his 225 rushing yards, Cook surpassed Warrick Dunn has the greatest runner in FSU history. Dunn held the old mark of 3959 yards over 4 seasons. Cook
has accomplished this in under 3 seasons. He also moved from 10th place, all-time, to 3rd place in the ACC record book. At the start of the season he was not even
in the top 30 all-time ACC rushers.
With 4166 yards he now trails 2nd place (4391 Amos Lawrence) by 225 yards and 1st place (4602 Ted Brown) by 436 yards. Both Lawrence and Brown achieved their marks over a 4 year career. Cook is the 1st runner in ACC history to go over 4000 yards in 3 seasons. A strong game against Florida and whoever FSU’s bowl opponent is and he could conceivably hit the all-time mark.
My question is why is Cook an afterthought in the Heisman race? I, along with many others think that he a least deserves an invite. I don’t know how you can’t consider him as one of the top 5 players in the country!
Going back to this past weekend, neither the AP or Coaches polls paid little credence to Ohio States struggle with a sub-par Michigan State team. I thought it was also ironic that Florida moved up 8 places in the AP and 5 places in the coach’s polls after their win over a self-destructing LSU team. Take away one pass play of 98 yards and their QB was a remarkable 6 of 16 for 46 yards. Basically LSU won everywhere but where it ultimately counts, the scoreboard.
With all of the upcoming rivalry games we will see how things play out after this weekend!