For Florida State, it was once so simple to live up to their hype. Year in and year out no team ever wanted to face them, especially on the road. Now a team is chomping at the bit to face the struggling 'Noles.
After there tough loss to then No. 1 Oklahoma, most believed that they would respond with hunger and anger against Clemson. Instead, they made an extreme amount of mistakes that cost them their second loss in a row.
A bye week was much needed for the reeling 'Noles. You would expect Jimbo Fisher to push his team to improve on their mistakes and come out with a chip on their shoulder against Wake Forest. It was an opportunity to rebuild some momentum after coming off of two consecutive losses. Rather than showing they mean business and can still compete, they left Wake Forest with another awful taste in their mouth.
Back-to-back games they lost 35-30, this time they committed five turnovers (3 Trickett, 2 Manuel), made another plethora of mistakes on defense and have now put themselves in a serious hole for this season. Sitting at 0-2 in the conference wasn't what most fans were expecting, or even the coaches.
It's becoming another classic season for the 'Noles, not living up to the hype. When the pre-rankings came out I felt that being ranked in the Top 10 was a bit of an overrating. Not saying that I didn't have faith in this team, but it seemed too good to be true. Now, even more so, my thoughts are becoming reality. I wanted them to prove me and the media wrong so badly this season. I guess we all will have to wait longer yet again.
I will say one thing though: I am starting to hear noise about Fisher or Stoops aren't right for the job. Please give it a rest. One minute you are saying they are saviors to this program and now you are saying they are bad news. Of course this team needs to be better disciplined, but they aren't out missing the tackles, throwing the INTs, fumbling the ball away, missing blocks or blown coverage's. That falls on the players not playing the way they should or are capable of doing.
Patience is tough to come by and right now we as fans need to be patient. Stay true to our team and back them up all season long no matter how it turns out. Hopefully they get their act together and start playing with that heart and edge they started out the season with.
Trust me, I am just as tired of these pathetic losses as the next person. The time to get some of that edge back starts this weekend against Duke. The conference championship may be out of reach, but the season is far from over.
The norm of losing is becoming even more frustrating after every season of hope and wishes for something bigger and better. This is the time where the 'Noles need to regroup and challenge one another every play in every game.
Will it be done? No one knows for certain, but I hope for once they can prove me wrong and not falter this weekend against the lowly Duke Blue Devils.