FSU football was defeated by the Georgia Bulldogs in the Capital One Orange Bowl by a score of 63-3 on Saturday afternoon. This marks the Seminoles' first loss since October 15, 2022.
I want to reflect on my thoughts from last night's performance because I realize that you will likely hear several ESPN "analysts" suggest that this defeat defines FSU football's 2023 season.
The Orange Bowl loss leaves a tough pill to swallow, especially after losing by a historic 60 points. In regards to the opt-outs of the contest, I completely understand. There is simply no reason for a 13-member College Football Playoff committee should discount an undefeated Power Five conference champion because they "think" they won't be competitive in their invitational.
Disclaimer: I also realize the disappointment amongst a portion of the fan base regarding the opt-outs because of the game's result. However, this is a new age in college football where non-playoff games are mostly meaningless. That truly hurts my heart as a college football fan to say that.
It goes beyond saying that it gets me choked up to simply discuss the Orange Bowl because I hate it for these wonderful seniors who have laid it on the line for this university with their sacrifices and hard work. For example, you saw redshirt senior linebacker Kalen DeLoach unable to contain him as he was flooded on the sideline with emotion as it set in that it would be his final game in the garnet and gold.
However, as head football coach Mike Norvell echoes, things in life don't always go your way. Sometimes there will be obstacles in your life and you have to find a way to respond to those situations.
This is Florida State University, and this is a football program that is not centered around moral victories. The Orange Bowl loss stings. However, I am confident in the ability of this administration, coaching staff, and players to ensure that the Seminoles continue to showcase their unconquered spirit.
I realize that this won't be easy for fans to digest for a while. However, at some point, we have to pick ourselves and realize that the Seminoles have always found a way to remain a top-15 program in college football.
Florida State has some work to do before it begins the 2024 season, I am excited to see the future of this wonderful football program under the guidance of head football coach Mike Norvell.