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Do moral victories count in the grand scheme of things?

No, the don’t get you into the playoffs.

No, they don’t count on the stat sheet.

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But in the long run the moral victories are strong stepping stones when a program is looking to achieve greatness once again.

Florida State may have come up short on the scoreboard on Sunday night against the visiting Irish but every player on that sideline felt they were never out of the game.

Even when you find yourself down 18-points in the 4th quarter the team fought and found a way to send the game into overtime.

That kind of performance could be just the spark that this team needs heading into “Year 2 of the Norvell Era” in Tallahassee.  But the real question now becomes: will there be a letdown in their performance against Jacksonville State on Saturday?

Florida State (0-1) vs Jacksonville State (0-1)

Why Jacksonville State Will Win

This is a good Gamecock team that got into the FCS spring season playoffs and made some noise with a win.

This is a good team that’s usually great on third down conversions, can put up points in bunches, and doesn’t turn the ball over. None of that happened in the 31-0 loss to UAB to start the season, but really – the team is good.

Florida State is coming in on a short week and an emotional overtime loss to Notre Dame, battling back in a blast of a 41-38 thriller. It’s not like the ACC opener at Wake Forest is a lookahead game, but this is supposed to be the paycheck layup, and it could be a problem.

Jacksonville State gave FSU a fight in a 41-24 loss – getting up 14-0 – to start 2019.

Why Florida State Will Win

The running game worked.

Really, Notre Dame has a strong run defense that’s going to be fantastic as the season goes on, and Florida State ripped through it for 264 yards and three touchdowns with big dash after big dash in the comeback.

UAB didn’t crank up the yards on the ground against the Gamecocks, but the passing attack did whatever it wanted and the defense shut things down to a stop.

Jacksonville State isn’t going to run when QB Zerrick Cooper isn’t taking off, and again, here comes the FSU rushing attack because …

What’s Going To Happen

This is what the Mike Norvell offense does. It tore off dashes in bunches at Memphis, and now the parts are in place to start doing that on a regular basis.

Again, Jacksonville State is far better than it showed against UAB, and it’ll get off to a decent start, but the Noles will take over in the second quarter and almost literally run away with it.

Florida State vs Jacksonville State Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 11
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Network: ACC Network

Never Forgotten

The biggest storyline of this weekend will not take place on the gridiron but in the hearts and minds of the American public.  This day was always celebrated in my household growing up as it is my mom’s birthday.  And I will never forget driving to the high school she was working at as a substitute teacher that day to give her a birthday card, still in disbelief on what was going on on the eastern seaboard.

Let’s please never forget those that we lost twenty years ago.  Let’s come together and continue to work as one great nation to help each other, support each other, and love each other.

Time to Rebound

No excuses for my rough record to start the 2021 season.  There were a handful of games that could have gone either way but I ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard.  So all I can do is hope for the best as I make these picks.

Friday, September 10th

Match-UpOur Prediction
Duke vs North Carolina A&TDUKE 31, NCAT 10

Saturday, September 11th

Match-UpOur Prediction
Virginia vs IllinoisUVA 31, ILL 21
Tennessee vs PittsburghPITT 28, TENN 25
Georgia Tech vs Kennesaw StateGT 38, KENN 21
Wake Forest vs Norfolk StateWF 31, NFS 14
#19 Virginia Tech vs Middle TennesseeVT 42, MTSU 21
Syracuse vs RutgersRUT 31, SYR 27
UMass vs Boston CollegeBC 48, UMASS 13
#6 Clemson vs South Carolina StateCLEM 41, SCST 13
#22 Miami vs Appalachian StateMIA 31, APP 21
Mississippi State vs NC StateNCST 31, MSST 28
Louisville vs Eastern KentuckyLOU 41, EKU 21
#24 North Carolina vs Georgia StateUNC 48, GSU 21
Florida State vs Jacksonville StateFSU 48, JSU 17

Last Week’s Picks: 9-4

Year-to-Date Record: 9-4 (69.23%)

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a great slate of games and we’ll check back in next week and hopefully not cringe at the results.

And if you missed it, check out our latest episode of the “Laces Out” series here.

If you’ve signed up for our weekly ESPN College Pick ‘Em challenge then don’t forget to get your picks locked in.  Top entry at the end of the season will get a nominal cash prize!

Information for this post was obtained from College Football News.

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Raised to bleed Garnet and Gold, Mike’s first passion will always be Florida State football. Though he does enjoy watching just about any sporting event if given the opportunity.

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