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For some it is hard to conceive of the fact that just six seasons ago the Florida State Seminoles were on their way to a second consecutive College Football Playoff appearance as they were coming off a National Championship campaign. Head coach Jimbo Fisher was master of all in Tallahassee and quarterback Jameis Winston was back after winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy. A dynasty seemed to be at hand. Yet Winston proved to be the cancer that did Fisher and the program in. Fisher coddled Winston, who became a distraction on and off the field. Three years later Fisher stormed off in a fit of pique as he didn’t feel sufficiently supported by the FSU administration. Just as incredible is the fact that Florida State is coming off two consecutive losing seasons.
2020 Florida State Seminoles at a Glance
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The last three seasons have taken their toll as far as gamblers are concerned when it comes to Florida State. Few teams have fallen as hard and as fast in the eyes of the betting public. Florida State covered the spread in just four out of 12 lined games in 2019. Now a massive rebuild begins with newly arrived head coach Mike Norvell.
2020 Florida State Seminoles Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (Atlanta, GA)
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Samford Bulldogs
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, at Boise State Bulldogs
Week 4: Bye Week
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, at NC State Wolfpack
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, Clemson Tigers
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, at Louisville Cardinals
Week 9: Saturday, October 31, Pitt Panthers
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, at Miami Hurricanes
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, Boston College Eagles
Week 12: Thursday, November 19, at Syracuse Orange
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, Florida Gators
2020 Florida State Seminoles Regular Season Preview
The one thing that FSU fans are clinging to is the arrival of Mike Norvell as the new head coach. Fans never bought into the Willie Taggart hire and the Seminoles sloppy play quickly turned off fans and gamblers alike. Taggart was fired during the 2019 season as the administration lost all faith that a turnaround would ever occur while at the same time fans and donors had stopped writing checks.
Norvell arrives highly acclaimed for his success as the head coach of the Memphis Tigers. In four years, he led Memphis to four bowls and two top 25 rankings in the final AP and coach’s polls. Last year was the crowning achievement for Norvell’s Memphis program as the Tigers finished 12-1 and made the prestigious Cotton Bowl. Norvell is just 38 years old and is seen as a potential recruiting machine that can relate to young players.
Norvell steps into a two-sided coin with Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The league is so weak that a quick turnaround is possible. However, the Clemson Tigers are so dominant that getting to the ACC mountaintop will not be quick or easy.
Norvell brings a hybrid type offensive system that combines high tempo with some sophisticated pro tendencies. He does have the luxury of inheriting a potentially strong quarterback in junior James Blackman. Last year Blackman threw for a 144.7 passer rating with a 16/7 touchdown to interception ratio and 2095 yards. He was the FSU starter both last year and in 2017. In fact, he was the first true freshman starting quarterback for FSU in over 30 years.
Also returning as Blackman’s top target is junior receiver Tamorrion Terry, who had 60 catches for 1188 yards with 19.8 yards per catch and nine touchdowns last year.
The biggest problem for the FSU Offense has been terrible line play. Norvell figures to fix that but not overnight.
What could be the true asset of the Seminoles is a defense that returns a whopping nine starters from 2019. Senior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson has the ability to dominate while senior safety Hamsah Nasirildeen has led the team, in tackles the past two seasons.
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