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5 Takeaways From Notre Dame @ FSU

Chris Schisler

The Florida State Seminoles beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last night, in Tallahassee. Both teams entered the showdown with an undefeated record and hopes for the inaugural 4 team playoff. Here are 5 things to take away from the college football game.

1.) Another Close Call For FSU:
The Seminoles were dominating last season but are just scrapping by. A rare offensive pass interference penalty negated Notre Dame’s last minute touchdown. It was a lucky way to win. FSU trailed most of the night. The Seminoles win streak extends to an astonishing 23 games. The win streak survives and so does their top 5 ranking.

2.) Do These Teams Deserve Their Rank?

Until somebody beats Florida State, they will remain a top team in College Football. Computers no longer matter, style points are less important than they used to be. A case could be made though that their are 5 teams better than FSU; 4 of them in the SEC West. The number 2 team in the country should dominate opponents and certainly should not have the close calls that the Seminoles have had.

It was certainly a bad night for Irish fans. The Fighting Irish strength of schedule has not been stellar before the FSU game. Their signature win was against Stanford. Stanford just got shellacked against Arizona State, suffering their third loss. This game was a squandered opportunity for Notre Dame to prove their worth.

Florida State barely scrapped by a team that I was hesitant to buy stock in. There are still some challenging tests on their schedule. Going to Louisville after this big win looks like a trap game. Boston College and Virginia can provide a test for that defense.

3.) Winston Struggled Against Blitz

Jameis Winston was certainly fallible last evening. Against the blitz, on multiple occasions, Winston blindly launched the football over the middle of the field. Only one of these throws were intercepted and it could have gone much worse for FSU. Winston did much better in the second half.

Winston struggled when the pressure got right on him. Kirk Herbstreit, the commentator, compared him to Ben Roethlisberger. He never gives up on the play and with size and athletic ability, he loves to improvise. NFL draft scouts are going to want him to learn to throw the ball away. The way to beat FSU is to shred the defense and let Winston beat himself. It almost worked last night.

4.) Credit Where Credit Is Due
Last night we were treated to a crown jewel of a football game. A star was born in Corey Robinson. Robinson is tall, has great vertical ability and really good hands. The sophomore will be a high draft pick some day. Everett Golson was magnificent last night. He kept his eyes down field and showed great awareness. He extended plays that had no chance. The defensive line of Notre Dame was phenomenal. It was a great game against two good teams; a thought that gets lost in the “What does it mean” narrative.

5.) Really Ref?
The offensive pass interference was highly controversial. Yes the little pick play is illegal but it is seldom called. In the biggest moment of the game the referees took the spotlight. The touchdown may have occurred anyway. I hate to see that, a great game in the officials’ hands. At the end of the day, you can’t put the ref in that position. Its still a rough way to lose a huge football game.

3 Short Notes on National Championship Game

The Florida State Seminoles are champions of the college football world. Here are a few notes from the thrilling BCS National Championship Game:

1.) Jameis Winston Persevered

If you were going to evaluate Winston play by play he may not have the highest grade in the world. He was quite frankly a little blind. He missed out on several open receivers and he forced throws. He had limited success most of the game as a runner and he forced throws.

But when it mattered most Jameis Winston Delivered. He led a scoring drive right before the half when his team was desperate. He threw the game winning pass with 15 seconds remaining in the game.

2.) Special Teams played a huge role
One of Auburn’s first scoring drive was from a great punt return after forcing FSU to punt from the 1 yard line.

Special teams are so important and it showed in the championship game.
Florida State’s much needed score before the half was set up with a fake punt on the FSU side of the ball. A late 4th quarter kick return for a touchdown was huge in the 34-31 Seminoles victory.

3.) The ESPN coverage was very well done.

On ESPNNews they had the “film room”. This was awesome because you got to see the game from different angles including the All 22 angle which allows you to see the whole play.

To make it even better ESPN had analysts and coaches breaking the game down. The conversation was so much better than typical commentating. It was a very in depth look at every play. The only problem was the All 22 camera angle was not presented in full swing.

Having options of how to watch the game was empowering to fans. Everyone could choose the best part of the “Megacast”. I applaud ESPN for high quality TV coverage of the championship game.