Florida State’s fall from national relevance is absolutely shocking. The school’s resources and location in regards to recruiting isn’t matching up to the Seminoles’ on-field performance. Willie Taggart’s coaching seat is burning hot right now.
Taggart and FSU will have a chance to prove itself against No. 2 Clemson this upcoming Saturday. The Tigers looked vulnerable in a narrow 21-20 win over North Carolina two weeks ago.
But Las Vegas isn’t anticipating a close game on Saturday. In fact, Saturday’s spread makes Florida State the biggest underdog its been in 40 years.
The Tigers are favored by 27 points.
Clemson is a 27-point favorite over Florida State on Saturday. That is the the most points the Noles have been an underdog by in the last 40 seasons. The only other time they were a 20-point dog was in '09 to Florida. via @ESPNStatsInfo
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) October 8, 2019
The spread just goes to show the gap between Clemson and Florida State. And it starts at the top.
Dabo Swinney has one of the best systems in college football. Top-ranked recruits are flocking to the school. Taggart, on the other hand, knows how to recruit well. But coaching blunders and a poor team culture has plagued his potential.
One thing’s for sure, though — Clemson and FSU aren’t too far off in regards to player talent. But this just goes to show how much coaching and culture matter.
Who knows what will happen on Saturday. But Florida State needs to be revived.
A win on Saturday would do just that.
Clemson-Florida State kicks off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.