It certainly wasn’t pretty by any means, but the Florida State Seminoles improved to 4-0 on the season on Saturday afternoon on the road at Boston College, 48-34. It was really the first test of any kind of serious adversity that this young team has faced so far, and they passed–but not exactly with flying colors.
Here’s three quick things to take away from Saturday’s win:
1) The Defense Needs to Cool it With the Slow Starts
There are a lot of young faces on this defense and, for how young they are, they are adapting to the college game quite well. Names like Chris Casher, Jalen Ramsey and PJ Williams–who had the first pick-six of his career on Saturday–are proving a lot of their worth.
However, lately, the defense as a whole just does not click early on in games, especially against the run. En route to their 17-3 early second quarter lead, Boston College utilized bruising RB Andre Williams to near perfection to throw the FSU defense off. If BC were a team with a little more solid passing game, the Eagles probable could have done this throughout, and the outcome may have been different.
Bottom line is that these early game defensive issues need to be resolved before the ‘Noles run into a team that won’t exactly roll over and die (Clemson!).
2) The Offense Can Take Over Whenever Needed
For the defensive issues mentioned above, the Seminoles at least know that they have a formidable offense that can pick the team up and carry them to victory when needed. Now, of course, the “when needed” part needs to be a bit more infrequently, as mentioned above, but it’s great to know that it can happen when necessary.
Down 17-3, Jameis Winston and the offense decided that enough was enough and it was time to turn it on and end this.
3) When Jameis Knows that He Needs to Turn it On, He’ll Do Things Like This: