This past year, the Florida State Seminoles recorded their first 12-win season in well over a decade, which has many fans buzzing about the possibilities of 2013. However, Seminoles fans need to tap the breaks because things aren’t going to be as peachy as they seem in the upcoming season.
For starters, the ‘Noles lost two games in 2012, not just one as a 12-win record would usually indicate. One of those was against top-notch Florida, so that one is nothing about which to be upset. However, Florida State dropped a road trip to North Carolina State relatively early in the season, which shows the Seminoles were never a real contender to begin with.
And don’t give me any horseradish about the Orange Bowl win over Northern Illinois. Contrary to popular belief, they were not a Boise State-type BCS buster and never should have been invited to the game in the first place. If the BCS had any sense, Texas A&M, Georgia or LSU would have played in a BCS game instead of Northern Illinois, and Florida State would have gotten rolled by any of those SEC powerhouses.
Finally, who is going to replace EJ Manuel at quarterback for the ‘Noles? Manuel’s senior season was stellar, as he threw for nearly 3,400 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for another 310 yards and four scores. Clint Trickett may have two starts under his belt due to injuries to Manuel, but if you think he’s going to carry Florida State in 2013, you’ve got another thing coming.
Look, the Seminoles had a great year in 2012, but let’s face it–they were overrated from the get-go; we learned that from the previous season when they were once a top-five team. Tone it down for 2013, Florida State fans, and you’ll be a lot less disappointed.