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Talk about an unceremonious end to the season the Florida State Seminoles experienced it. Their scheduled Dec. 5 matchup with Duke was scrubbed, making it three weeks in a row the Noles had to postpone a game over COVID concerns. At least this time the Blue Devils had advanced notice. The previous two weeks both Clemson and Virginia had arrived in Tallahassee before those games were postponed the morning of the competition. There are no other games on the current schedule meaning FSU will end the season at 2-6 in Mike Norvell’s first season. The Noles do have open dates on Dec. 12 and 19 so there’s a possibility that Clemson or Virginia get rescheduled to fit the slot.
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Games have been postponed or cancelled all over the place in this unprecedented college football season. But no team has experienced what Florida State is going through. It started back on Nov. 21 when the Noles’ scheduled game with Clemson was called off the morning of due to a positive test on the Tigers side. While the ACC said Clemson did not violate protocols, the decision to play was left up to the medical staffs of each squad. FSU elected not to play. That move infuriated Dabo Swinney, who said FSU should forfeit.
The following week it happened again, this time to the Virginia Cavaliers hours before kickoff. Only it was a Florida State player receiving a positive test. Contact tracing, opt outs and injuries brought FSU under the minimum threshold of scholarship players with some position groups depleted entirely. Cavs coach Bronco Mendenhall took the high road and didn’t publicly say anything about the fiasco. There is a chance one, both or none of those games gets rescheduled.
As it stands right now the FSU season is over. They ended with three straight losses getting outscored by Louisville, Pittsburgh and NC State 127-55 to finish 2-6 SU and ATS. They will finish the campaign with the fewest wins since 1974, one year before the arrival of Bobby Bowden. Only once in 34 seasons under the legendary coach did the Noles finish below .500. That came in 1976, Bowden’s first year, when the squad went 5-6. The 2020 season is the third straight losing campaign for the once proud program.
It’s been a difficult season for Norvell as he looks to change the culture. He inherited a mess left by Willie Taggart and didn’t get much help from his players. The Noles opened the campaign with an experienced quarterback only to see James Blackman stumble all over himself. Blackman had more turnovers than the team had touchdowns in the first two games leading to a pair of losses and his benching. Four different players started at the position over the course of the abbreviated season with only Jordan Travis distinguishing himself. And he wasn’t that good. The Noles averaged just 22 points and 381 yards in six games.
When giving up 413 total yards and 38 points is considered a good game you know there are issues on the defensive side. That’s what happened in the last game, a 38-22 loss to NC State that only appeared closer than it was thanks to a pair of fourth-quarter garbage time touchdowns. The Noles are last in the ACC in total defense allowing 464.3 yards per game and next to last in points allowed at 36.1.
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Maybe it’s a good thing FSU doesn’t reschedule any games since the season actually ended a long time ago. Instead of using their 31-28 win over then No. 5 North Carolina as a springboard, the Noles went back into a funk. They weren’t competitive in their last three outings losing to NC State, Pitt and Louisville while going 0-3 ATS. A lack of continuity at the most important position rattled the offense and the defense couldn’t stop anybody.
If the season is over at least there is something positive to look back on. Trailing NC State 35-9 entering the fourth quarter, Chubba Purdy tossed a pair of scoring passes and the Noles outscored the Pack 13-3 in the final frame. It just wasn’t enough, though. “We’re making too many mistakes when it comes to what’s necessary to win a college football game,” Norvell said.
With injuries mounting and defections throughout the program, the last month was going to be a difficult time anyway. COVID wiped that away leaving many to wonder if the virus was indeed what caused the last three games to be nixed. “I commend our guys for the mindset and approach. It sucks. That’s the best way I can phrase some of the things that have shown up. In all reality it’s about our response to it. I hate it for anybody that’s been injured or had to miss time or opportunities. A lot of things are outside of our control, freak things that have occurred. But on the flip side of it, we come out and go to work,” Norvell said.
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