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Players Are Being Accused Of Faking Injuries During Game Today

Syracuse fans holding signs during College GameDay.

SYRACUSE, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Syracuse Orange fans holds up a signs during ESPN College GameDay prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Florida State's rough start under new head coach Willie Taggart continues today in the Carrier Dome.

The Seminoles trail Syracuse 23-0, and it could be much worse, if not for the Orange stalling out twice in deep FSU territory.

To make matters worse, the 'Noles are having real issues with the conditions. The Carrier Dome, which is not air conditioned despite the name, gets really hot and sticky in September, and by all accounts it is very hot today.

On numerous occasions, usually with Syracuse on offense, Florida State players have gone down with apparent cramps.

Syracuse (and other) fans have started booing the down Florida State players, and are accusing them of going down to halt the Orange offense's momentum.

Under Dino Babers, 'Cuse plays at a blistering pace. It's hard to know if guys are actually faking injuries, but it has made this game a very choppy experience.

Plenty of Florida fans are mixed in too, as you would expect.

Taggart is getting blasted for it as well, and for good reason, if that is what is actually going on.

After the season-opening loss to Virginia Tech, Taggart accused Hokies players of doing exactly that during a conference call with reporters.

Florida State football coach Willie Taggart believes Virginia Tech defenders faked injuries to slow down his offense during Monday night’s season opener between the two teams.

“It happened too often so it’s hard not to,” Taggart said Wednesday during the ACC’s coaches teleconference. “It happened too often.”

Virginia Tech beat Florida State 24-3 on Monday night in the debut of Taggart – and his uptempo offense – with the Seminoles. The Hokies defense dominated the game but after a few longer plays by FSU, Tech defenders were down on the field with injuries.

Faking injuries probably happens, but it can get really humid and gross in the Dome. We should probably take the 'Noles at their word here, and Taggart should do the same with his opponents.