3 facts about Florida State’s awful season that will make Miami fans smile

For Miami fans, besides the Hurricanes winning, there’s perhaps no greater joy than seeing the Florida State Seminoles struggle.

Florida State began the season ranked at No. 3 in the AP poll but have since plummeted out of the rankings and are currently 2-4 overall after a 31-28 loss at home to Louisville.

Miami (6-0 overall, 4-0 conference) who is atop the ACC Coastal as the lone undefeated team left in the conference, snapped a seven-game losing streak to Florida State with a 24-20 victory in Tallahassee on Oct. 7.

At 2-3 in conference play, the Seminoles sit in a three-way tie for fourth place in the ACC Atlantic.

Florida State has been mired with injuries since the first game of the season.

Quarterback Deondre Francois sustained a season-ending knee injury in Florida State’s season-opening defeat vs.Alabama. Wide receivers Keith Gavin (ankle) and George Campbell (hip) didn’t play on Saturday, and left guard Landon Dickerson is out for the season (right ankle).

Most recently, Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that Florida State running back Jacques Patrick is  ‘most likely’ out for rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Here’s five facts that highlight just how badly Florida State has struggled this season:

1. FAU has more points in the last two weeks than Florida State has all season

No, you did not read that wrong.

Lane Kiffin’s Owls, which play in the Group of Five’s Conference USA, steamrolled North Texas 69-31 on Oct. 21 and routed Old Dominion 58-28 the previous week. FAU’s 127 points in those games are more than the Seminoles have posted in their six games combined.

Meanwhile, Florida State has scored just 119 points this season for an average of 19.8 points per game.

Additionally, the Seminoles have yet to score a touchdown in the third quarter this season. Miami shutout Florida State 10-0 in the third quarter of their victory.

2. Florida State’s red zone defense is tied for seventh-worst in the nation

The Seminoles have regressed defensively and are tied with New Mexico at No. 121 by allowing red zone points at a .947 rate.

Florida State has given up six rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns and 10 field goals in the 19 times they’ve allowed teams to enter the red zone.

Miami contributed to Florida State’s red zone woes with a 6-yard touchdown reception by Braxton Berrios in their victory.

3. Florida State is 0-3 at home for the first time since 1974

Just to underline how long ago this last happened it: 1974 was only two years before Bobby Bowden arrived at Florida State.

This fact, which comes courtesy of the Tallahassee Democrat, underlines the woes Florida State are having at Doak Campbell Stadium this season.

Florida State lost its home opener to N.C. State (27-21) and it snowballed from there with the losses to Miami and Louisville.

Seminoles fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the amount of noon kickoffs, which has led to reduced ticket prices and businesses across Tallahassee taking a hit due to the losses, according to a story by the Tallahassee Democrat.




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