Woe Be The Seminoles

By Adam Caparell - October 12, 2007

Just when Florida State starts to show you something, creeps back into the Top 25 and seemed poised to contend in the ACC Atlantic, they give you a performance like Thursday's that makes you realize Bobby Bowden's boys have a long way to go.

You can point to the fact that Florida State gave up 17 unanswered points in the second half in their loss to Wake Forest on the road, 24-21. But another disappointing loss for the soon to be dropping No. 21 Seminoles has to be pinned on the offense.

Xavier Lee was under center and after looking like he would cement himself as the Florida State quarterback a few weeks back, had a dreadful game. The junior fumbled once, threw two picks, completed just 53 percent of his passes and watched as his offensive line once again failed to get any semblance of a running game going.

The Seminoles ran for just 47 yards on 24 carries, were forced to punt nine times and had five three and outs in the second half. They managed just 26 yards of offense in the third quarter and scored their only points of the second half with 17 seconds remaining on a worthless touchdown run by Lee.

To put it in layman's terms, the offense was absolutely awful.

So are there any answers for the Seminoles? Not really.

Between Drew Weatherford and Lee, Bowden has two quarterbacks who can't find any sort of consistency. And one of them has problems handling the snap. It doesn't make the situation any better when they're shuffled in and out of the lineup game after game and throwing jump balls to 6-foot-6 Greg Carr will only mask your problems for so long.

Thursday night "It got into a battle of quarterbacks," Bowden said after the Seminoles second straight loss to the Demon Deacons.

And that's the last thing the Seminoles want right now.

Meanwhile, the Seminoles defense has plenty of speed, and clearly showed that against the Demon Deacons, but they're susceptible to the big play and allowed too many to the Deacons - none bigger than Riley Skinner's 35-yard TD pass to Kenneth Moore to give Wake a 21-14 lead. Florida State actually allowed more yards Thursday than any other game this season.

So with a struggling offense and an exposed defense, where does this leave the Seminoles? At 4-2 they're looking up in the Atlantic Division right now with the schedule only getting tougher. Miami, Duke and Maryland are their remaining home games while trips to Boston College, Virginia Tech and Florida loom heavily over the Seminoles.

Nine wins was a possibility for this Seminoles team when the season opened, buoyed by a No. 19 preseason ranking. But that's out the window right now. The Miami game's a toss up, and there's no way they'll keep up with Boston College, Virginia Tech or Florida. The way they're looking right now, the Seminoles could be limping the finish line at 7-5 - if they're lucky.

And Bobby Bowden isn't going to be around for too many more 7-5 seasons.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 07:05 PM on October 12, 2007

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