FSU football will look to avoid getting blown out for the third straight game.
FSU football will enter its Saturday afternoon game against Clemson as five-touchdown underdogs.
It’s the largest betting spread for the Noles at home that I can ever remember. It’s a game they have absolutely no shot of winning, so you may ask why I’m still interested in watching.
Well, I get paid to cover the games, that helps, but I’m interested in watching this program from the ground up.
I feel like I’ve seen the Phoenix rise from the ashes once during the transition from Bobby Bowden to Jimbo Fisher.
Granted, this version of FSU’s Phoenix is likely a taller order than that rebirth. However, the climb back to the top will begin with minuscule sparks of fire that will eventually transform into a full burning flame.
What are those minuscule sparks? One would be not beating oneself with dumb penalties, playing together, making the routine plays.
Listen, FSU football is outmanned and less-talented than Clemson. There’s no shame in denying that, and if the guys go out and lose by 40 points without turning the ball over and beating themselves?
I can live with that. That tells me the biggest issue is the talent gap between the two teams. I want to see the FSU players playing with a passion and fire like it’s their last game they’ll ever play.
No, not the flexing after giving up a 25-yard pass. I’m not looking for the dumb and immature stuff when they’re losing by two touchdowns.
I want to see guys swarming to the ball on defense. I want to see guys playing for one another and feeding off one another’s play when they do good things. I want to see who really wants to be out there on the field.
I’m watching Saturday, so when this program is good again, I will never take it for granted, ever.