Cirminiello: Prove it, Florida State

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Posted Sep 17, 2012


Monday Thought: Cirminiello on whether or not Florida State is ready


- Fiutak: The Tide might be special, but do you care?
- Cirminiello: Prove it, Florida State
- Mitchell: The Volunteer running game
- Zemek: The John L. Smith Situation
- Harrison: Virginia Tech being Virginia Tech
- Johnson: Is McCarron in the Heisman hunt?

By Richard Cirminiello  
 
I was very impressed by Florida State on Saturday. I’m also going to withhold judgment on the ‘Noles until after this week’s mega-ACC showdown with Clemson.

Florida State could not have been blamed if it was a little complacent in Week 3. Behind the Seminoles was a pair of (yawn) routs of Murray State and Savannah State, the kind of games that could have the starters entering REM sleep by the third quarter. And ahead sits the date with the Tigers, the circle-the-schedule game that will say a lot about both schools’ potential in 2012. With Wake Forest in town, the ‘Noles would have a hard time locating their “A” game, right? Uh-uh. They actually raised the level of their play with a 52-0 demolition job of the Demon Deacons, a team that has traditionally been a thorn in FSU’s side.

The Seminoles have been near perfect through three games. The defense, even with DE Brandon Jenkins on the shelf and CB Greg Reid at Valdosta State, has not allowed a single touchdown. Heck, Wake was 1-of-16 on third downs, and never even entered the Florida State red zone.

The offense is beginning to roll, getting efficiency from QB EJ Manuel and big plays on the ground from Chris Thompson. Even the O-line, a four-letter word in the offseason, is getting the job done for now. The ‘Noles look like the ‘Noles again, yet why am I so reluctant to embrace this team’s purported return to glory, and jump on its bandwagon?

Having been burned more than a few times by Florida State in recent years, I remain extremely cautious about this program’s ability to actually follow through. Go ahead and win an ACC title for the first time since 2005, and compete for a National Championship, and then you’ll have my attention and admiration.

For now, I’m viewing the Seminoles as a very intriguing program, with a high ceiling … and an awful lot yet to prove. They’ve bullied three far inferior teams—all at home—so I’m not quite ready to anoint Jimbo Fisher’s team as the next great threat to the SEC’s dominance next January. That has got to be earned, especially from a school that has been so doggone unreliable in big spots in recent years. The ‘Noles are going to get that shot to turn a lot of skeptics into believers when Clemson comes to town in a few days.


- Fiutak: The Tide might be special, but do you care?
- Cirminiello: Prove it, Florida State
- Mitchell: The Volunteer running game
- Zemek: The John L. Smith Situation
- Harrison: Virginia Tech being Virginia Tech
- Johnson: Is McCarron in the Heisman hunt?