Coming into the season, the Florida State Seminoles were a trendy pick to win the ACC and potentially compete for a BCS national championship.
The status of their program would be defined by how they fare against top-ranked Oklahoma, a team who embarrassed them on a national stage a year ago, in the third week of the season.
The ‘Noles would fall to the Sooners 23-13 in a hard-fought, defensive struggle that would not ultimately be decided until the waning moments.
However, the consensus amongst the media was that the Seminoles were headed in the right direction and still looked like a strong favorite to take the ACC crown.
After a last-minute loss at Clemson, Florida State finds itself coping with numerous injuries, dashed national title dreams, and the stark reality that most fans around the country now view this Seminoles team much in the same vein as they have during the last decade of mediocrity.
Still, all hope is not lost for Jimbo Fisher’s troops.
A favorable schedule lies ahead, which should allow them a chance to reappear in the top 10 before season’s end.
Despite their record not being where they wanted it to be, there are several bright spots for Seminoles fans to find solace in.
Here are 5 such surprises thus far: