For the past three seasons, two things happened. Florida State lost to Clemson, and Tommy Bowden got some more bragging rights at the Thanksgiving table. This season had a little change of scenery. No Tommy. No four in a row.
The Seminoles came out struggling falling behind 10-0, until a long drive that resulted in a field goal and an interception return for a touchdown by defensive end Neefy Moffett. It was all down hill from there.
With a combination of Antone Smith and Jermaine Thomas, the Noles moved the ball up and down the field. With Christian Ponder managing the game, the Noles pulled to an easy victory.
The defense stepped up, although they gave up some huge plays to Thunder and Lightning. One thing I was thinking about the entire game, though, is how can the media possibly pick Clemson to win the ACC when they had to replace four starting offensive linemen? That's a huge task to fill.
This victory set us up for our first ACC Championship game in three years. Florida State has to play against Boston College at home next week, and if Maryland loses to North Carolina, that puts FSU in a great position to play in the ACC Championship.
I'm not going to say Florida State is back, yet. They still have a lot of work to do. They need to find their identity and when they do it's going to be scary. The Seminoles have a great base to build around with plenty of scary athletic players on both sides of the ball.
The rest of the season will be interesting, and I hope it plays out in the Noles favor, but I've seen crazier things happen. Hopefully the Noles end strong.