2012 was an excellent—but not perfect—year for the Florida State Seminoles.
First ACC Championship since 2005. First BCS appearance since then, too. Only the third 12-win season in school history. A top-10 finish for the seniors, who finished their careers by winning the Orange Bowl convincingly.
The Tribe only lost twice, their fewest losses in a season since they lost the BCS National Championship in 2000. One came at the hands of the hated Florida Gators, but a more preventable loss had already dashed title hopes barely a month into the season.
Jimbo Fisher's play-calling in the second half against N.C. State was atrocious. He played like an NFL coach in the fourth quarter, having Chris Thompson run the ball incessantly. FSU gave away a 16-0 lead, and gave the Wolfpack a comeback to lose 17-16.
At other times, the offense looked atrocious. EJ Manuel almost gleefully threw picks in the home finale versus the University of Florida. The Seminoles actually finished with negative rushing yards in a nail-biter against Virginia Tech. Fisher's team almost lost the ACC Championship Game to a six-loss team as well.
In short, the offense just seemed to hit walls at random times. With a new starting quarterback and road games against Clemson and Florida, it doesn’t make next year look so promising.
Coach Fisher might consider himself an offensive expert (it worked, he won a national championship as one at LSU), but there has to be major retweaking for the Seminoles to return to the BCS in 2013 and beyond.