As the Florida State Seminoles‘ war song echoed through Death Valley and the Clemson students section started to clear, it became evident that coach Jimbo Fisher had the team looking as good as an old Bobby Bowden squad.
“They’re [Clemson] a great team, but at the same time we knew what we came to do, and we weren’t leaving without dominating this ballgame,” linebacker Telvin Smith said via the USA Today. “That’s what we’re trying to get this program back to. We want to play for the national championship, but it starts in the ACC and that’s where this game is taking us.”
And they will continue to go there because of Florida State’s redshirt freshman sensation Jameis Winston.
He stepped into the biggest game of his career without a care in the world. The cameras caught him stepping off the team bus with a smile, and then they were able to steal a glimpse of his joyous pregame speech. It was hardly the nervous show that the media expected.
In fact, Famous Jameis was surgical, picking apart Clemson on the ground and through the air for 444 passing yards. The defense was flying around and causing turnovers like the Seminoles of the 90s. Even the grandson (Nick O’Leary) of the great golfer Jack Nicklaus got in on it.
But the key for Florida State is to not get caught up in the hype.
Winston has to ignore all of the Heisman talk. The defense has to block out the praise and as a team, they have to look past their newly-minted No. 2 BCS Championship ranking because they’ve been known for giving fans hope before starting to slide for the last few years by losing a game that they should have won (ie. last year versus NC State).
“You gotta remember how you felt after that game and you can’t let it happen again,” said coach Fisher during the BCS Countdown show. “…and just remember that pain in which you had and you don’t want to deal with it again.”
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