Florida State did away with Wake Forest 52-0 on Saturday. And after watching Virginia Tech give one up to Pittsburgh, it seems pretty clear that FSU is as close to being a lock to get a BCS bid as is possible this early in the season.
Barring a crucial injury, the Seminoles are on track to win the ACC and be a major player in the national championship chase.
They are that good.
Quarterback E.J. Manuel is starting to come out of his shell. After dismantling a Wake Forest team that has given past FSU teams problems, this team, led by Manuel, seems ready to beat up on the other teams in the ACC.
Certainly, Clemson is going to give the Seminoles some problems. That's okay because they are going into that game healthy and ready to win—not coming off a brutal loss to Oklahoma like last year. And, by the way, the game is in Tallahassee this time.
And, after Pittsburgh took apart the Virginia Tech defense on Saturday, FSU should be excited to play the Hokies. Jimbo Fisher's team has the players to get open deep and impose their will in the run game. Playing in Lane Stadium will be an issue, but watch for a Florida State team coming off the bye week to be fully prepared to get after Frank Beamer's squad.
This FSU team is a one- or two-loss club in 2012, and that's being pessimistic. The Seminoles are good enough to win every game on their schedule and, for the first time in awhile, they seem focused enough to do it.
On the shoulders of this defense and behind the offensive leadership of Manuel, the Seminoles will make their first return to the BCS title picture since the 2005 Orange Bowl.