The Florida State Seminoles had yet another showcase against a top 10 ACC opponent to headline Week 10 on Nov. 2. However, the Seminoles didn’t blow past the Miami Hurricanes like they did the Clemson Tigers two weeks earlier. It took a half to finally get some distance, but Florida State eventually cruised as usual for a 41-13 win, even if it might not score enough BCS points.
It looked like it would be business as usual when Jameis Winston marched the Seminoles down the field in their first drive, and the Hurricanes missed a field goal afterwards. Yet an interception from Winston led to Miami tying the score, although Florida State bounced back with two second quarter scores -- including a 49-yard Winston toss to Devonta Freeman.
The Hurricanes still closed the first half with a touchdown, even with Stephen Morris looking hobbled at times. With the Seminoles facing a rare challenge for the second half, it was a real gut check moment. But Florida State didn’t even need Winston to throw a second half touchdown, as it outscored Miami by 20-0 the rest of the way anyway.
Since it took longer than expected to blow out the Hurricanes, the Seminoles may not have made the inroads they needed in the BCS. Beating the No. 7 team in the nation could still put Florida State back up to No. 2, yet the Oregon Ducks have their own showdown with the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on Nov. 7 to put them back up.
An undefeated Seminoles team may not beat out an unbeaten Ducks team in the long run, and may struggle to hold off the Cardinal, Ohio State Buckeyes and Baylor Bears if they keep lurking. In addition, Florida State has no more tough opponents for the regular season -- not even the sliding Florida Gators. This was really the last major test for the Seminoles, and now they need help the rest of the way -- although staying perfect will help too.
The rest of the games on Nov. 2 didn’t have the high stakes in Tallahassee, or the BCS impact. But here is a list of the biggest and best results of the day, as a warm up for the showdowns to come in Stanford, Baylor and Alabama next week.