The Florida State Seminoles came into the first game of the season at #8 in the Coaches Poll riding an 6-game win streak. Many were wondering if Florida State could build off of last years finish, and they answered.
In a primetime top-10 matchup against SEC foe #5 LSU, Florida State came ready to make a statement. Florida State and LSU seemed to be even in the first half. LSU led 17-14 at halftime. However, big time games are one in the second half.
Florida State would go to score 31 unanswered points on the LSU defense. LSU would score one last time in the final 2 minutes of the game, but by then the game was over.
The keys stars of the show were QB Jordan Travis, DE Jared Verse, and WR Keon Coleman.
The Michigan State transfer had one heck of an opening night in a Florida State uniform. 9 catches for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns on LSU’s secondary. Coleman provided size and speed on the outside. Coleman was an excellent pairing to go along with returning wide receiver Johnny Wilson. While Wilson was dealing with drops, Coleman was catching touchdowns.
Jordan Travis took big shots down field to Coleman, and for the most part Coleman came down with it. Moving forward through the season, Coleman will be a very important piece in Florida State’s run at a National Championship.
The returning assured top-5 NFL Draft pick Jared Verse presence was felt. Verse put a lot of pressure on LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels. Like last season, Verse was able to push the LSU offensive line around. This year, Verse was able to get a sack that looked like a fumble.
Unfortunately, the refs took it back. They called it a incomplete pass. Needless to say, Verse noticed that the right side of the LSU line was weak. FSU pressured Daniels all night. Because of Verse’s pressure, others were able to get home. FSU managed to get 4 sacks on the night.
From the start of the game, Jordan Travis was on the money. Outside of one interception, Travis made quick work of the FSU defense. When some drives stalled, it was because the FSU receivers found butter and couldn’t hold onto the ball. Fortunately, Travis kept his poise and continued to make plays.
Travis threw for 342 yards and 4 touchdowns. Completing 23/31 attempts against the LSU defense. To add insult to injury, Travis rushed for 38 yards and 1 touchdown. Travis moves within the top 3 of touchdowns by a quarterback at FSU.
Florida State put on a show in Orlando for the 11th straight time. The Noles streak of winning in Orlando continues. With the way they played against LSU, the Notes will be favorites on almost every game. The only opponent standing in their way might be Clemson.
The road to the college football playoffs for Florida State is their’s for the taking. It’s official, the Florida State is back!