Miserable probably isn’t a strong enough word, but USA Today ranked Florida State one of the top five ‘most miserable’ college football programs after the Seminoles lost to Louisville, 31-28, on Saturday.
With the loss, Florida State fell to 2-4 and must win 4 of its final 5 games to keep its 35-year bowl streak intact. With road games against Boston College, Clemson and Florida, that doesn’t appear to be very likely.
Fans can blame the injury to quarterback Deondre Francois, who hasn’t played since Week 1, but USA Today columnist Dan Wolken pointed out Sunday that the Seminoles problems stem way beyond just the quarterback position:
No, FSU hasn’t gotten great quarterback play from true freshman James Blackman. But if Ohio State lost J.T. Barrett or Alabama lost Jalen Hurts, you simply couldn’t envision this kind of slide because those programs are so strongly built in all facets that they would win games anyway. With Florida State, though, there are too many other weak spots: An offensive line that is just OK, a group of wide receivers that is decidedly average for an elite program, etc. And then there’s the defense, which is proving to be overrated.
Florida State’s defense had plenty of opportunities to beat Louisville and couldn’t. It had plenty of opportunities earlier in the month to snuff out Miami and couldn’t.
So when fans try to reconcile the way Florida State recruits with the way it has played recently, the finger obviously will point toward the coaches. Fisher is a top-level head coach, but he’s also stubborn and loyal when it comes to a staff many outsiders view as stale and inadequate.
Wolken also noted that probably the biggest dig of the weekend thrown the Seminoles’ way was not the fan who yelled at coach Jimbo Fisher as he left the field Saturday, but when a reporter asked Fisher if the program would try to reschedule its game against Louisiana-Monroe. Florida State might need the cupcake matchup to have a chance of going 6-6 to reach a bowl game.
Of course, it might not matter either. The way things have been going, the Seminoles might not avoid losing three more games prior to the end of November.
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