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The Seminoles gave Pittsburgh a rude welcome to the ACC Monday night, defeating the Panthers 41-13. All of the attention from that game will be on the performance of freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, and rightfully so.
But the Seminoles gave everyone a glimpse of how good their defense will be, too. The 'Noles held Pittsburgh to 297 total yards, forced two turnovers and sacked Pitt quarterback Tom Savage three times. Outside of an excellent opening drive, the Panthers did virtually nothing the remainder of the game.
Much will be made of FSU losing three very good defensive linemen to the NFL. However, the group they have back could be even better. Led by Mario Edwards, who looks like he is ready to live up to his vast potential, and the return of Jacobbi McDaniel, this defensive line is strong.
The Seminoles could have one of the better secondaries in all of college football. Lamarcus Joyner is a potential All-American at cornerback.
Florida State is off this week before returning home to Tallahassee to host the Nevada Wolf Pack on September 14.