Florida State scored 40 or more in seven games, 30 or more in 10 games, and 20 or more in 13. And they scored 16 and lost to NC State. Outside of having the odd distinction of having the lowest plays/possession allowed in college football, the NC State defense was not special . . . except on that day they were.
Florida State was a very good team. They were in the top 11 in points/possession on offense and defense; Alabama is the only other team that can say that. They allowed the fewest yards/possession. They were second in schedule-adjusted yards/rush. EJ Manuel was decent but not overwhelming (30th among quarterbacks in EPA+/pass), but I'm starting to suspect that may have had more to do with QB development than EJ Manuel himself. They did everything well . . . except one day they couldn't score and another day they couldn't keep the other team from scoring.
Florida State will need to break in a freshman quarterback but 1) they have the running game and defense to steamroll lesser opponents and 2) if 2012 taught us anything it's that we shouldn't underestimate the redshirt freshman. So the questions are 1) will Winston be able to keep up with Tajh Boyd on Oct. 19th, 2) will he be able to channel his inner Bridgewater and throw it around enough to beat Florida and 3) will the Seminoles be able to avoid whatever it was that happened against NC State.
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