Clemson and Florida State put on quite a show last night in Tallahassee. The final score, Clemson 37, Florida State 49. Florida State reeled off 35 unanswered points after Clemson spotted them with 28-14 lead in the third quarter.
Somehow, the momentum swung over to Florida State. Emotion and edge went to Florida State's direction and E.J. Manuel had the best night of his career. The Noles' defense clamped down on the high-powered Clemson offense, in spite of surrendering the last Tigers' touchdown.
I have no doubt the media are going to trumpet that FSU is back! I have no doubt some are already penciling E.J. Manuel as a top five Heisman candidates.
Haven't we heard this before? How many times have we heard that FSU is back, only to watch them lose a game they had no business losing, and then hear folks say, "Ah, they were overrated to being with?"
If Florida State was a public trading stock, I would be evaluating their stock as a "hold." They could suddenly be a hot commodity or a worthless stock. I am not buying the hype one bit. I have some skepticism about FSU ability to keep the train rolling. Their defense gave up 37 points. Clemson needed only 86 seconds to score their first point of the game, stunning the raucous crowd in Tallahassee, and seriously, didn't we already know that Clemson can score points?
Florida State is going to face South Florida this coming Saturday, a team that has earned the reputation of spoiling somebody dream season. They are going to have to guard against an emotional let down. Second point to consider, they have 3 key games to conquer: a date with Miami (Fl) on October 20, a Thursday night visit at Blacksburg (November 8), and their annual rivalry game with Florida on November 24. If they conquer those three dates, then I'll buy their stock.
Until then, I am not buying the hype.