The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Florida State SeminolesFootball, Real Goes Right — By Real Goes Right on August 26, 2013 at 10:04 am
I’ve often said being a fan of Florida State football is akin to being in an abusive relationship. Every Saturday during the college football season, I sit on the couch with bated breath hoping for victory. You’d think after winning 31 games against 10 losses, being defending ACC/Orange Bowl champs, having the No. 1 recruiting classes, and sending numerous players to the NFL draft would calm my fears, but no. There is no such thing as “calm” when it involves FSU.
For all the good Jimbo has done in his tenure, those 10 losses irk me. No, I don’t expect him to be Nick Saban (who isn’t undefeated, by the way), but some of the games Florida State has lost simply don’t make any sense to me. Like losing to ANY team from the state of North Carolina. How Jimbo manages a 4-1 record against the SEC, an undefeated streak against the Miami Hurricanes, but is 5-4 against teams from North Carolina boggles my mind. The most glaring of those Carolina losses coming while I was attending law school in Durham, North Carolina. Losing to UNC during homecoming and giving up a 16-point lead to NC State the following year just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. And therein lies the problem with being a fan of this team. We lose games we should win and find ourselves in uncomfortable situations with teams we shouldn’t have a problem beating (remember that game against NIU? Yeah. That.)
I started FSU as an undergrad student in 2003. Since then, I’ve watched Chris Rix, Fabian Walker (who never really got a chance to play before transferring to Valdosta State … and winning a national championship there), Wyatt Sexton, Xavier Lee, Drew Weatherford, Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel suit up as quarterbacks for my team. I’ve never been excited for any of them. If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much I LOATHE E.J. Manuel. His inconsistency has caused migraines that the strongest of headache medicines couldn’t cure. Nobody was happier than me to see him leave for the NFL, and thankfully the Philadelphia Eagles looked elsewhere in the draft. I’d have no doubt renounced my fanhood if he somehow ended up in Chip Kelly’s offense. I was stuck with him for three years at FSU. No way I was going to spend my time watching him ruin my professional team as well.
Which brings us to our current juncture. The good, the bad and the ugly of the 2013 Florida State Seminoles.