TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida State Seminoles may as well be named the Steamrollers as they play out there schedule. The Noles put any distractions aside on Saturday and blew out Syracuse and that could be a trend over the Noles’ final three games of the season.
Florida State plays Idaho on Saturday, which will essentially be a glorified scrimmage. Idaho, according to CBSSports.com is ranked 120th out of 125 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Las Vegas has put FSU as a 56-point favorite against Idaho on Saturday.
FSU will follow that game up with the annual rivalry game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. The matchup has lost most of its luster this season as Florida has collapsed amidst a myriad of injuries.
Florida has stumbled to a 4-6 record and a loss to the Gators would eliminate the team from bowl contention this season. FSU has been installed as a very early 21 point favorite over Florida, even with the game being in Gainesville.
After the Florida game, the Noles will play for the ACC Championship against a team still to be determined. The most likely candidate as of November 18 is the Duke Blue Devils.
The Noles breezed through the Atlantic Coast Conference part of the schedule averaging 51.4 points per game this season. At the same time, FSU held ACC opponents to just 12.3 points per game heading into the championship game.
Duke still has to beat Wake Forest and North Carolina to make it to the ACC championship game in a few weeks. But, the Blue Devils should be favored in both games.
While FSU is steamrolling opponents on the field, the Noles are avoiding distractions off the field. Specifically, the Noles didn’t allow the reported investigation of Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston distract the team ahead of last Saturday’s Syracuse game.
“You always address everything,” Noles head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Kids know what’s going on no matter what the situations are. That’s an important part of being a good team is being able to focus and control things that you can control. And deal with the other issues when it’s time to deal with them.”
Three more victories stand between FSU and playing for the BCS National Championship. Florida State is in the driver’s seat for a trip to Pasadena, as long as the Noles don’t trip themselves up.