Florida State has gone through a roller coaster ride full of emotions and surprises. They went through the retiring/firing of a legend in Bobby Bowden. They hired virtually a brand new coaching staff and asked the kids to accept all of the changes that were taking place. They had to deal with the loss of nose tackle Moses McCray and the dismissals of wide receiver Jarmon Forston and outside linebacker Nigel Carr. Still, here they are sitting at 5-1 with a brand new coach, a brand new identity and most importantly, a brand new attitude.
Most everyone chose the 'Noles to lose to arch rival Miami this past weekend, but that resulted in a blowout at the hands of Florida State, as the offense racked up 298 yards on the ground and 173 through the air. Florida State dominated every aspect of the game and displayed a style that had not been seen in nearly a decade—the drive to win. The drive to succeed and to succeed in such a fashion that showed there was no doubt who the better team was.
So now the Seminoles will turn their attention toward Boston College, a team that started the year 2-0, but has since dropped three games in a row, with their most recent loss coming at the hands of N.C. State in a blowout, 44-17. A disappointing season so far when considering the success this team had last year.
It seems the only bright spot on the Eagles' squad is the return of Mark Herzlich, the famous linebacker who defeated cancer in one of the greatest sports stories ever told. Unfortunately that will not win them games. This same game last season marked the date that Herzlich was cancer free, which he announced before the game, giving the Eagles an extra dosage of motivation and ultimately resulted in a victory over Florida State.
This time will be different. Florida State is playing as well as anyone in the country right now. They have outscored their opponents 144-38 in their past four wins. They lead the country in sacks and tackles for loss and have found the right formula on offense to dominate their opponents with an aggressive rushing attack.
As for the star of the Seminoles, quarterback Christian Ponder still hasn't proven to be the elite quarterback that he showed to be last season, but he certainly hasn't hurt the offense. Jimbo Fisher knows what's working right now and that's the running game. Jermaine Thomas and Chris Thompson have each had success and have combined to be one of the best running back duos in the country.
With the Eagles struggling and Florida State excelling, this should be an easy home win for the 'Noles.