Florida State football is a mess, two years running. Last year’s team looked checked out for much of the year, as Jimbo Fisher’s flirtation with Texas A&M got more and more apparent, and Willie Taggart has had a hard time setting in the culture change that new coaches always discuss when they take over.
Last year’s team was in trouble from the start, with a season-ending injury ending Deondre Francois’ campaign during the opener against Alabama.
FSU lost that game, and was just 3-6 to start the season, before knocking off Delaware State, a hapless, coach-less Florida team, and Louisiana-Monroe to salvage a bowl.
In the Independence Bowl, FSU got to 7-6 with a win over Southern Miss.
Florida State football needs a similar turn around to make a bowl this year, but the schedule is much less forgiving.
The Seminoles are currently down 47-21 late in the fourth quarter to NC State. A loss will bump them down to 4-5, and just 2-5 in ACC play.
It is all ranked teams from there on out for the ‘Noles.
Next week, they travel to South Bend to face Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are currently undefeated, ahead of tonight’s game at Northwestern.
After that, they host star running back A.J. Dillon and Boston College. This is probably their best chance at a win, but of course they need two, and B.C. is a pretty consistent team when Dillon is healthy. ESPN’s FPI gives the Eagles a 60.1-percent chance to win, and S&P+ has it at 58-percent.
Last up is Florida at home. The Gators are currently losing big to Missouri, but will want revenge after last year’s loss. Dan Mullen’s first season in Gainesville is still going much better than Taggart’s in Tallahassee.
Florida State needs to win two of those three to make a bowl. Right now, it seems very unlikely.