“Chillllllll, Winston, it’s me. Charlie knows it’s me. What’s the problem?”
Is Florida State going to win the national championship this year? No.
Was Florida State going to win the national championship if it had beaten Boise State? No.
Does Florida State still have a whole slew of problems to deal with and fix? Obviously.
Is Florida State going to be a dangerous player in the ACC race? There’s no chan … ehhhhhhhh, be careful with this.
No one will or should pick the Noles to catch fire and win the Atlantic, but if the team that ripped it up in the first half against Boise State shows up in Charlottesville against Virginia in a few weeks, or if it finds its consistency by midseason before it goes to Clemson, don’t be shocked if Willie Taggart really is right and it’s just about showing a little patience.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the defense was a disaster late against the Broncos, and the O went into a coma in the second half, but go back and watch that first half and see if you catch something different about this team.
Those guys were FLYING around, looking and playing like a team that was nowhere to be found all throughout last season.
It looked like Florida State again.
Before it all went so terribly wrong, RB Cam Akers was tearing off long runs, QB James Blackman was solid – finishing with 327 yards and three scores – and the defense was living in the backfield and beating up Bronco QB Hank Bachmeier to a pulp.
That was how Florida State should look and play.
It’s Week 1, which means it’s overreaction time. Everyone is going to keep ripping apart Taggart and FSU until they do something great, but again, if that first half version is the real 2019 Florida State, and the team really did bonk in a way-long game – more on that in a moment – look out.
This week’s second sign that football is finally back, and/or there’s WAY too much commentary at a furry party, not that there’s anything wrong with either of those things …
“He just got blown by a couple of Wildcats who love to come downhill.” – Brock Huard after a particularly physical tackle by Northwestern in its loss to Stanford