Seminoles in a Must Win Situation against Louisville
By: Nicholas Austin-Holliday; Twitter: @naustinholliday
How is Florida State doing?
Florida State’s current record stands at 2 -2 which includes two losses against Power 5 opponents Virginia Tech and Syracuse, those two losses also happen to be conference games. They have one win against Mid-American Conference opponent NIU, and a win against Southern Conference opponent Samford. During the next few weeks FSU has a chance to get some conference wins under their belt.
Can we get a conference win or two?
Their conference run begins with a game against Louisville, who currently holds a two game win streak over them, followed by one of their two annual rivalry games against Miami (the other is against UF), and then the game against king of the conference, Clemson. Most people realistically believe that FSU can go 1-2 against this trio of teams, with the lone win coming against Louisville. There is some possibility, although small, of FSU coming out of the run 2-1 by adding a win against Miami but that’s if everything breaks right. Clemson is ranked #3 in the country, has the best defensive line in the country, and will more than likely be a double digit favorite even though their game against FSU is being played in Tallahassee.
The Game plan this week should be!
FSU needs to show that they can build off of the improvements shown last week against NIU in their 37-19 win. That includes limiting their turnovers, mainly fumbles, and establishing their run game. Winning against Louisville will go a long way in FSU trying to get bowl eligible. With FSU only having two wins so far, it’s hard to find four more wins on their schedule but it is possible. Their best chance to get a win is against Louisville who ranks among the worst teams in the country in many offensive categories. The issue with that is FSU does too, but their issues seem to be just a little more fixable than the ones that Louisville has.
The fans want some wins
If FSU can find a way to go 2-1 over their next three games expect it to generate some buzz among the fan base. With what fans know about this current team they will also take 1-2, but it wouldn’t generate the same type of excitement unless that one win is against Miami or Clemson. Make no mistake about it, the Louisville game is about as close to a must win game as you can get in order to try and salvage whatever respectability is left in the season.