The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles defeated Louisville 16-6 to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title on Saturday night. The Seminoles are hoping that this victory will be enough to earn them a position in the College Football Playoff. The Seminoles won the championship despite having third-string quarterback Brock Glenn.
Mike Norvell, the head coach of Florida State, stated during his postgame news conference, “I do not believe there is a conversation regarding this matter.”
The squad in question is one that is richly deserved. It is a team that has worked hard and earned it. This is a team that has demonstrated that they are capable of winning. They have shown that they have been present on a consistent basis.
Even though veteran starter Jordan Travis is out for the season due to a leg injury, the team is still being successful. Even without Tate Rodemaker, who was the backup quarterback and was unable to play on Saturday due to a concussion.
When they were not present, Glenn was given the opportunity to play and seemed to be a true freshman who had just started attending school in January. He completed 8 of 21 passes for 55 yards, which was the second fewest yards in a conference championship victory over the prior 20 seasons.
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But despite the fact that its two best quarterbacks were sidelined with injury, Florida State was able to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 2014. This was a moment of victory for head coach Mike Norvell, who took over the team when it was at its lowest point in 2020 and put it back up to its previous level.
The fact that Florida State was able to win this championship without Travis, who was the team leader and played a significant role in the turnaround of the program, is a credit to the effort that the entire team has put in together to bring the program to this point. A chant of “F-S-U!” was heard coming from the audience as the last seconds ticked away.
“We just beat a top-15 team with a true freshman quarterback,” according to Norvell. I don’t think that’s relevant at all. Perspective and what other people believe are irrelevant to me. Victory is ours. Yes, I have faith in this group. I have faith in what they are capable of accomplishing. Regarding who they are, I have faith.
I don’t really care about what other people think, thus I don’t really follow their opinions. I know who I coach, and I can assure you that they are going to go battle for whatever they receive because they have been doing it for the past four years. I promise that they are going to show up for whatever opportunity comes their way. To what extent, however, will that be sufficient for the playoff committee?
According to Jim Phillips, the commissioner of the ACC, he thinks that it ought to be.
“Finishing the regular season undefeated and now winning the ACC football championship game is a historic feat,” he told reporters on ESPN. Florida State is without a doubt one of the top four teams in the country and has earned a spot in the College Football Playoff.
There is no mistake about this. Throughout the course of history, the CFP committee has routinely recognized Power 5 teams that have not yet suffered a loss, such as Florida State.
We have the utmost faith in the committee, and we anticipate that Florida State University will be recognized as one of the four finest and most deserved teams among the teams who participated in the playoffs. Additionally, this year has been an outstanding one for the entire Atlantic Coast Conference.
The offense of the Seminoles had a difficult time moving the ball on Saturday, and the play that proved to be the most successful was the Wildcat run, which was led by backup running back Lawrance Toafili.
Toafili finished with a game-high 118 yards and a touchdown, which provided the essential spark that the Seminoles required.
In an effort to gain an advantage against a strong run defense, Norvell stated that the Wildcat package was inserted toward the end of the week on purpose. “I was just trying to be ready for my moment, trying to make it happen if it needed to be done.”
Despite the fact that Rodemaker is anticipated to make a full recovery and be in full health for the bowl game, the committee may take a look at the Seminoles’ defensive performance in this game.
This is because the entire focus will be on the quarterback position, and whether or not Florida State is good enough at that position to merit a playoff spot.
From the beginning of the game until the end, Florida State was smothering and completely dominating the offensive line of Louisville.
On their way to putting an end to one of the most successful running offenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Seminoles finished with a season-high seven sacks, 14 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, and nine pass breakups from their defensive unit.
During the pregame warmups, one of the assistant coaches at Louisville mentioned that defensive tackle Braden Fiske was the player they were most concerned about. Fiske finished with nine tackles, a career-high three sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two quarterback hurries.
“All I’ve been doing is waiting for the chance to present itself to me. I had anticipated its arrival. The opportunity was something that I was looking forward to, and once it eventually came around, it was there,” Fiske said.
When asked about the reasons he thinks Florida State should be in the playoffs, Fiske stated, “The fact that they are 13-0 speaks for itself.” This is the only thing I will say because I have been asked to do so. “I’ll let them make the decision, but if you’re going to talk about the best teams, 13-0 is one of them,” I said.
After Washington (20), Florida State has won 19 consecutive games, making it the second most successful team in the country.
In spite of having opportunities, Louisville was unable to capitalize on them. Jack Plummer, who was starting quarterback for the sixth year, had a terrible game, tossing incomplete passes to receivers while completing 14 of 36 passes for 111 yards and an interception.
As the second half progressed, Louisville possessed the ball within the 15-yard line of Florida State on two separate occasions. On two separate occasions, the Cards were unable to score a touchdown.
The first time, Louisville was able to get down to the seven-yard line, but Jamari Thrash was brought down for a loss of nine yards, and Kentucky had to settle for a field goal.
Because of the pressure that was applied on punter Alex Mastromanno, who was unable to even get the punt off and had to dive to the ground in order to cover up the ball, Louisville was able to place itself into a great position the second time around.
It was at the Florida State 12 that Louisville got its start. On the other hand, Tatum Bethune picked off Plummer in the end zone, putting a stop to that drive.
Additionally, the Louisville defense had its share of opportunities. On two separate occasions during the same drive in the third quarter, while Florida State was leading 10-0, Louisville failed to pick off passes that would have provided the offense with perfect field position inside the Florida State 30 yard line.
Jaylin Alderman and Ben Perry were in possession of the ball, but they were unable to keep it in their possession.