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Posted by on September 20th, 2012 in blog, CFF Features, Dan Pierson | No Comments

Tallahassee will be rocking this Saturday evening as their beloved Seminoles host Clemson in the most anticipated college game of the weekend.  Both major polls have the Noles ranked #4, with the Tigers checking in at #10 in the AP, #9 in the USA Today and you can bet the Doak will be rocking and (Tomahawk) chopping for the 8p.m. kickoff between these ACC rivals.  The noise coming out of Tallahassee is the Noles are back, and a win vs. Clemson will put them on the road to the BCS title game.  That’s all well and good until you remember that they’ve been beating this drum ever since Jimbo Fisher took over for the legend Bobby Bowden.

As I apparently like doing, let’s walk back in time to early in the 2010 football season… Jimbo has pulled in the nation’s 6th rated recruiting class and added it to an experienced roster with future NFL QB (term used loosely in this case) Christian Ponder.  FSU’s defenses are always tough, and with all the incoming talent many observers had the Noles pegged as a dark-horse title contender.  So I’m sure you’re dying to know how it turned out.  If you have 8 minutes to roast, check the video, 

but the cliff-notes version is they got destroyed by 30; the game was tied 7-7 late in the first quarter after a Noles TD run but FSU didn’t score again until the Sooners had ran out to a 44-7 lead.  Ponder had a humbling performance (113 yds passing with 2 picks) and the defense couldn’t stop Landry Jones, who threw only 10 incompletions in 40 attempts and rolled up 380 yds and 4 tubs.  Face meet pavement for the Seminoles.

If we set the time machine ahead from there to September 17, 2011 we’ll once again find a promising Noles team set to face off with the Sooners, this time in the house that Bobby built.  Jimbo’s 2011 top-ranked recruiting class was supposed to mesh with the previous year’s newcomers and get the Noles back to the glory days.  Nobody informed OU of this however, and they emerged victorious in a hard-fought matchup.  The Sooner D sacked Noles QB’s 6 times on the night and created 3 turnovers… basically shutting down FSU all game.  The Noles would travel to Death Valley to face a red-hot Clemson team the following week.  Long story short, the Noles couldn’t hang with the Tigers (true freshman WR Sammy Watkins teamed up with QB Tajh Boyd to annihilate the FSU secondary) and were defeated 35-30.   FSU would go on to lose twice more that season and rather than play for the BCS title, they won a barn-burner vs. Notre Dame in the mighty Champs Sports Bowl.

Now we can step out of the Delorean and pick up where we left off…  FSU once again has a top-5 recruiting class, has just man-handled 2 FCS teams and Wake Forest by a combined score of 176-3, and is full of future NFL talent.  QB EJ Manuel is a legit dual-threat star and the Noles boast a stable of talented RB’s.  So, as per usual, the Noles are going to return to dominance (thanks Dan Hawkins) with a beat down of the Tigers.  Is the 3rd time the charm for Jimbo’s boys… or do they fall flat once again?  Does Chief Osceloa lead his Seminoles onto the field and plant the spear of victory… or do the Tigers depart town with another victory over the once-dominant (9 straight conference championships from ’92-’00) Noles?  I’ll hold off on my prediction because I clearly suck at predicting games, so chime in and let us know what you think.

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