|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFOn the same weekend that Marshall lost to Western Kentucky, Florida State was at risk of being the second unbeaten FBS team to lose. The Florida Gators gave the Seminoles a scare in Tallahassee but the Seminoles made a comeback to get a 24-19 victory. This was the Seminoles' fourth win in their last five against the Gators. The Seminoles were -10 favorites and did not cover.
The first two possessions for each team ended in the same manner. For the Seminoles, Jameis Winston threw an interception, and for the Gators, Austin Hardin had field goals. Hardin had a third field goal later in the first while Winston threw another interception. However, the Seminoles responded after that one as Terrance Smith intercepted Treon Harris' pass and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown.
Winston gave the Seminoles the lead in the second with a touchdown pass to Nick O'Leary at the start of the second. The Seminoles never lost the lead again as Harris threw another interception, which led to another touchdown from Winston to O'Leary. Harris did get a touchdown to Clay Burton to keep the game close at the half.
The second quarter featured only one field goal between each side. Late in the third, Brian Poole got his second interception of the day against Winston but Hardin's resulting 52-yard field goal attempt was no good. Hardin missed a second field goal in the fourth quarter.
Neither quarterback was able to do much in the game; Winston went 12-24 for 125 yards as Harris went 13-32 with 169 yards. Dalvin Cook was a key figure for the Seminoles as he had 144 yards on 24 carries. Meanwhile, the Seminoles ended the regular season with an average of a 12.6-point margin of victory in their games. This is less than the 14.3 and 17.1 margins from two other recent undefeated teams, the 2012 Ohio State and 2010 Auburn teams.
The Gators are still bowl-eligible as they went 6-5. The 12-0 Seminoles are expected to still be in the top four for the playoffs but they have one game left. On December 6, they will take on Georgia Tech for the ACC title in Charlotte.