The competition was not the greatest, but when a college football team can out 80 points on the scoreboard, there is definite reason to celebrate and talk. Florida State’s 80-7 win over the Idaho Vandals was not only impressive, it proved that the off field issues concerning Jameis Winston and the hype resulting from a potential national title bid has done nothing to slow down the Seminoles Express on Saturday. This was a game where FSU put 80 points on the scoreboard and they weren’t trying to do so.
Jameis Winston, whose week was mired by allegations and controversy, threw for 225 yards in the first half and accounted for four touchdowns in the win. Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams each had 100-yard rushing games and the defense got in on the action, taking two interceptions back to the end zone to cement a huge win in the Seminoles final home game of the season.
Next week, the Seminoles play in Gainesville when they face the 4-7 Florida Gators, losers of six straight games. Florida State will then wait to see who they face in the ACC Title game in the following week for a shot at the National Title.
Here is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of this game.
The Good: The running game and Winston
With two 100-plus runners on the game and a solid attack that ate up the clock as well as a passing game that looked more alive than the last two weeks, FSU is on the right track and must remain focused for the next two weeks.
Winston set his sights on football for the afternoon and picked apart the Vandals defense. Unlike blowouts in weeks before, the Vandals showed they had some fight in them all game long and still tried to put points on the board.
The Bad: Scoring at will
OK, I am going tom make the argument and ask the question – are the Noles coring too much? Are they battle tested enough?
The answers lie in that no one has gotten close to this team all season long. FSU has scored over 40 points in every game this year and it does not look like that will stop next week in Gainesville. The Noles have so many weapons on both the offense and defense, it looks like they cannot be stopped and are a robotic unit that moves at only one speed.
The Ugly: Style points count
Urban Meyer is complaining about the Buckeyes not getting the recognition it deserves. Baylor just goes out and beats people. Alabama is the reigning champion, so there does not need to be any discussion how good they are.
The BCS has already decided that FSU and Bama will meet as long as both keep winning. Auburn may say something about that, but for now, those teams are on a crash course.
I believe a match with Baylor is a more exciting game for the Seminoles, but again, I am just a writer. What do I know?