5 FSU-Miami Takeaways

Let’s just put it out there. FSU is REALLY good, guys. But here’s some of our top 5 takeaways from the FSU-Miami game

jameis winston vs miami at line

1. “Famous Jameis” Winston is for real. Not only can he do a complicated but AWESOME pre-game handshake with his coach’s son, but he is a great college QB. Yeah, he threw 2 INT’s, but he was efficient in getting first downs (9-11 going INTO the 4th quarter). And several times, he danced around defenders for a first down or positive yardage.

Here’s his postgame interview with the media:

Final stat sheet? (courtesy of ESPN.com)

Florida State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Winston 21/29 325 11.2 1 2

2. Winston is not the only threat that every FSU opponent will lose sleep over and pour hours of game tape study. RB’s James Wilder, Jr., WR Kelvin Benjamin and even TE Nick O’Leary are just some of the playmakers on offense.

Defense? Same thing.

3. Miami plays in a weak ACC division. They beat Georgia Tech and Wake Forest among others. GT just qualified for a sixth consecutive bowl game BUT is far from being considered a football juggernaut. Wake Forest? Their offense relies on senior WR Michael Campanaro who has 67 catches, 803 yards and 6 touchdowns so far. He had 4 games of 10+ catches and 4 over 100-yard games receiving this year.

But, Miami did beat a struggling Florida Gators team who has lost almost as many players to injury as the Maryland Terrapins of the “Football Gods Hate Us” fame. Here’s what “Famous Jameis” did to Maryland this year:

They have yet to face Virginia Tech, who lost to Duke at home for the first time in almost 20 years. Good thing? Logan Thomas, VT’s 3 year starting QB, has 33 turnovers in his career and leads the NCAA’s in that shameful category.

4. FSU’s defense is FAST. The 3 INT’s they got were bad passes by an inconsistent Stephen Morris (why is he still starting?!), but their DB’s are for real.

5. FSU looks a lot better than Oregon. Oregon struggled against Washington and UCLA before pulling away late. Per ESPN, FSU has “defeated three Top 25 teams by a combined score of 155-28”: then no.25 Maryland, no.3 Clemson and now, no.7 Miami.

Oregon has faced the likes of 2-win Virginia team, a 4-5 Tennessee, a 3-5 Colorado Buffaloes, coupled with the shellacking of then-no.16 Washington 45-24 and then-no.12 UCLA 42-14.

That’s it from our end. What do you think? Should FSU be ranked 2nd to Bama, or even 1st?

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About Spencer Irvine

Fun loving, D.C. area sports fan, which means I'm frustrated and still can't get a grip on what a win truly means (or a championship for that matter).

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