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Coming off bye week, FSU defensive starters returning to health

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The bye week came at an advantageous time for the Florida State Seminoles, whose defense feature a long list of banged up players through the season's first two games. Three defensive linemen -- starters Eddie Goldman and Nile Lawrence-Stample and reserve Justin Shanks -- suffered lower-leg injuries during a rout of The Citadel on Sept. 6. Additionally, starting...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Power Rankings: BC rises, Hokies fall and can a third team step up?

There were some good things that happened for the ACC last weekend. Boston College knocked off a top-10 team, and the league went 8-2 overall, with one of the defeats coming in conference play. Three ACC teams won road games against FBS foes. All of that sounds good, right? Well, not exactly. A ranked Virginia Tech team, who many thought was "back" after knocking off...
Via Fox Sports South
3 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Power Rankings: BC rises, Hokies fall and can a third team step up?

There were some good things that happened for the ACC last weekend. Boston College knocked off a top-10 team, and the league went 8-2 overall with one of the losses (and one of the wins) coming in an ACC game. Three ACC teams won road games against FBS foes. All of that sounds good, right? Well, not exactly. A ranked Virginia Tech team who many thought was "back" after...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
3 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 1 Florida State uses off week to heal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Defensive linemen Eddie Goldman and Niles Lawrence-Stample have missed practice for No. 1 Florida State after they were injured during the Seminoles' 37-12 win against The Citadel last weekend. Backup defensive tackle Justin Shanks also sat out on Tuesday. Coach Jimbo Fisher says all three will be ''evaluated day by day,'' but didn'...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week In Officiating: Unfair Acts

This past week, the resumption of the college football season brought a nation of fans and observers back in touch with the uniquely exasperating experiences that flow from the sport’s rule and policy structure… and its replay-booth reviewers. Lots of situations once again exposed various loopholes, inconsistencies, and overall deficiencies in the way the sport’s rules and...
Via The Student Section
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week In Officiating: Unfair Acts

This past week, the resumption of the college football season brought a nation of fans and observers back in touch with the uniquely exasperating experiences that flow from the sport’s rule and policy structure… and its replay-booth reviewers. Lots of situations once again exposed various loopholes, inconsistencies, and overall deficiencies in the way the sport’s rules and...
Via Bloguin Best
16 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Countdown: No. 1 Florida State

The 2013 Seminoles dominated college football last season en route to winning the national championship, and they have a lot of their key pieces returning this year, led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston. The talent head coach Jimbo Fisher was bringing in year after year is manifesting itself now in spades, and FSU looks to be just as good as they were last year...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida State defensive backs ready to shine again

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Florida State defensive backfield has dubbed itself the ''The No Fly Zone'' after finishing 2013 as the No. 1 pass defense in the country and setting a school record with 26 interceptions. The top-ranked Seminoles will have the opportunity to live up to the moniker when they face Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas on Saturday. The Cowboys...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: ‘Noles, Pokes Open Season in Dallas

For the first time since completing an improbable comeback to top Auburn 34-31 in the BCS National Championship, Florida State will put the nation’s longest winning streak on the line on Saturday as it faces Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. After a 14-0 finish to last season, the top-ranked Seminoles enter 2014 as winners of 16 straight. Headlining the offense for...
Via Noled Out
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Five reasons why FSU will repeat as national champion

Florida State enters the 2014 season as the No. 1 ranked team in the AP preseason poll for the sixth time in school history and after capping off an undefeated 2013 season with a BCS National Championship, the Seminoles are attempting to repeat as national champions. Riding the nation's longest winning streak, 16 games, FSU will begin its campaign for another title on Aug. 30...
Via Fox Sports Florida
24 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC's Top 15 football players

Athlon reached out to me to contribute to their rankings of the top 15 ACC players recently. The Post-Gazette's Sam Werner and I were the two Pitt guys. These types of things are always a little difficult. First, it's a preseason list and so much of it is based off of success players had the year before. It's also hard to compare players at different positions - I mean...
Via SCACC Hoops
27 days ago  |  Discuss

FSU Roundtable: Five Q&A’s for 2014

The 2014 season for Florida State will kickoff in a little more than one week. After finishing 14-0 and winning the BCS National Championship, many are expecting a repeat title run in Tallahassee. With the start of the season nearing, Noled Out editor Mike Ferguson and staff writer Jon Marchant took time to answer five questions pertaining to the upcoming season: 1. Which Player...
Via Noled Out
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Seminoles’ Front Seven with Much to Prove

Florida State’s run to the 2013 national championship was nothing short of dominant. While Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and the offense stole the headlines by scoring the most points in FBS history, the defense was equally up to the task. Florida State yielded the fewest points-per-contest throughout the entire country and only two of the Seminoles’ 14 opponents scored...
Via Noled Out
29 days ago  |  Discuss

10 ‘Noles Pegged as Preseason All-Americans

This past week, USA Today released its preseason All-American team which features seven different Florida State players. USA Today joined Athlon Sports, Sports Illustrated and Phil Steele/ESPN as major publications to release All-American teams. Among those four outlets, 10 Seminoles were named either a first or second team All-American. Here’s a look at those players: Roberto...
Via Noled Out
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida St attempts to maintain historic offense

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jimbo Fisher isn't looking for the record-setting numbers his Florida State offense put up en route to winning the final BCS national championship. The coach doesn't believe the Seminoles need that. ''I don't talk yards or anything like that or points,'' Fisher said. ''It's about the efficiency of our offense and how...
Via AP on Fox
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 1 Florida State Seminoles season preview

The Florida State Seminoles return enough talent to contend for a repeat as national champions. However, it is always difficult for champions capture consecutive titles, but the new College Football Playoff does give four teams a shot at the coveted championship rather than just the long-time traditional two schools.Of course, returning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston leads...
Via College Football Universe
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Seminoles extremely confident in 'No-Fly Zone' secondary

"Anyone can say we're cocky, we don't care about that. We're convinced we're the best. We're going to work like we're the best ... that's how we are, we want to be the best, we believe we're the best, so we're going to work like the best and play like best." That was Florida State's versatile sophomore safety/cornerback Jalen Ramsey...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

ACC Digital Network - ACC Top 25 Players to Watch

Charlotte, N.C.: With just 25 days to go until the ACC Football season begins, the ACC Digital Network launched its annual preseason football list, "ACC Top 25 Players to Watch." The individual video segments, exclusively on the ACCDN, feature highlights of the best players in the ACC.   “Whether they are on your favorite team or play for your biggest rival...
Via SCACC Hoops
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pre-season Position Breakdown: Secondary

The 2013 BCS National Champions will be getting their 2014 campaign underway in Dallas on August 30th. After winning its first national championship in 14 years last season, Florida State looks to have a very good shot at defending its title. Though quarterback Jameis Winston will garner most of the attention, FSU looks to be solid from top to bottom as Noled Out continues its position...
Via Noled Out
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Seminoles’ Top Preseason Ranking Comes as No Surprise

With the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games and a returning Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, it came as little surprise on Thursday that Florida State will begin the 2014 season as the nation’s top-ranked team in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Seminoles garnered 56 of a possible 62 first place votes and start the year as the nation’s #1 team for the first time...
Via Noled Out
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts on the 2014 Pre-Season All-ACC Football Team

The pre-season All-ACC Team for the 2014 was released a couple of days ago. Here are my thoughts on how the media voted. I like Jamison Crowder at WR. He was in my ACC Top 5 WR list, but  I may have put Tyler Boyd of Pittsburgh ahead of him. Another though is that other than Jameis Winston and Kendall Fuller and a handful of Juniors, the All-ACC team was largely a Senior driven...
Via SCACC Hoops
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

FSU secondary looking to continue domination

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State junior cornerback P.J. Williams believes even though his Seminoles have had the best secondary in college football statistically speaking over the last three years that this year's version is going to be even better. And he may be 100 percent right. While all the attention is focused on Florida State's Heisman Trophy quarterback James Winston...
Via Fox Sports South
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

FSU lands nine on preseason All-ACC team; two UM players picked

Defending national champion Florida State paces the Atlantic Coast Conference with nine preseason All-ACC honors, as announced Wednesday morning. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, one of just three consensus All-Americans entering the 2014 season, is joined on offense by five teammates: senior running back Karlos Williams, redshirt senior offensive tackle Cameron Erving...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

ACC Media Days: 5 storylines to ponder on Day 2

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference got most of its heavy lifting done early Sunday afternoon, kicking off its player-centric media day by running out reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and his Florida State teammate, cornerback P.J. Williams, in the opening session. Media members swarmed, but when the session was complete the event returned to normalcy. The Monday...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Winston circus brings drama to typically low-key ACC media days

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference is used to dealing with some of the best basketball players and coaches the sport has ever seen, but never before has the conference seen the likes of Jameis Winston on the football side of things. Winston's type of celebrity and infamy caused conference officials to alter the normal setup at the annual ACC Kickoff preseason media...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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