Florida State Football: Offense Opens Up but Running Game Still Lacking

Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles sideline reacts after their 26-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Don't get me wrong, a 62-10 thrashing victory is something to be excited about. My biggest concern, though, is where in the world is the running game?

The one thing that most fans were certain of was the running game being the best part of our offense. That hasn't been the case thus far. In fact, it's probably the worst part of our offense as of now.

Some of it has to do with the way the offensive line is blocking on run plays. While the rest of it has to do with our running backs not reading the holes or hitting them hard.

Things will have to change in order to compete with Oklahoma next week.

E.J. Manuel did a much better job this week, in my opinion, throwing the ball with a little more zip and confidence. He did, however, make a mistake throwing an interception that led to Charleston Southerns only touchdown of the day.

The defense looked sharp again, even with the absence of Greg Reid and Telvin Smith. They only allowed six yards of total offense in the first half. With such a large lead in the second half, they were able to give a lot of the back ups some much needed reps.

Now that this game is over we can turn our attention to the rematch with Oklahoma. Last year they embarrassed us, and this year we are looking to reverse the roles.

We need to have another strong week of practice and finally show our offense off. There will be no more of that vanilla scheme. If we expect to beat Oklahoma, which I know most of us do, we better bring our A-game.

There can't be any of those mental mistakes with penalties, Manuel needs to take care of the ball, and more importantly, our running game needs to wake the heck up. Also, let's not forget that the defense needs to maintain their sharp play and slow the offensive tempo down. Last year they exploited us with their no huddle, and we can't let that happen again.

So let's learn from our mistakes and improve on those during practice this week, then take care of business next week at home against those Sooners.

The anticipation is already killing the Seminole Nation.