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Hot Monday Morning Takes: Florida State


Another week, another Wake Forest victory! The Deacs easily beat the Florida State Seminoles winless 35-14 to go 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC (currently 1st in conference, NBD). As always, it’s time to drop a few hot takes from this week’s game and maybe a few more from the college football landscape. Remember, this is only the opinion of a fan who doesn’t know much about football and likes to complain.

Wake should have won this match with more than 30 points. First let’s get rid of the negative. The Deacs dominated the entire game so easily that they could easily have won by 30 points or more. Wake shot himself in the foot on several possessions with an interception, a fumble fighting for an extra yard and far too many lethal practice penalties. On the other hand, the Seminoles only scored in this game on a big play and a drive where the Deacs gave them about 30 free yards because of penalties. It should have been an even bigger rash than it was.

Defense is awesome. I was wrong to be worried after two rather mundane performances against Old Dominion and Norfolk State. The defense held Florida State to just 14 points and 317 total yards while forcing 6 turnovers and sacking the QB FSU 3 times. Remember when I was worried about 3rd conversions? Well, the Noles ended the game with a. A. Miles Fox looked like an absolute monster with 1 sack and 2 tackles for loss despite being double-teamed on many games. The first seven were awesome – FSU finished the game with just 91 rushing yards on 29 carries. The secondary was fantastic outside of the 64-yard bombing at Ontaria Wilson. Just a great overall defense performance.

If Sam Hartman plays like this all season, Deacs can win 9 or 10 games. Sam Hartman played almost a perfect game after intercepting the game’s first practice. He finished the game by completing 22 of his 31 passing attempts for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. Deep bullets fell straight into the bucket, RPO slopes sagged where they needed to be, and his decision as to when to shoot it down and run or throw the bullet when no one was open was prime. order. When Hartman plays like this, this attack is going to be hard to slow down.

The Deacs have the best receiving body in the ACC. We already know Jaquarii Roberson (despite the trial and error and subsequent punishment). Now AT Perry has shown he can also be one of the best receivers in the ACC with 7 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown against the Noles. Sprinkle some Taylor Morin who had 7 receptions for 41 yards and made some really tough catches, and Wake Forest has no shortage of weapons in the passing game.

Christian Beal-Smith needs more races. I’m not saying Wake Forest needs to run more the ball, I just mean the Deacs need to run through running backs less and play more at CBS. It is pretty obvious that he is the best option for Wake in the running back position. Again, I don’t know much about football or training but from a fans perspective it seems odd that he dominates the opponent’s defense on a possession and then we won’t see him again. for 2-3 possessions. .

Clemson is not great. Guess I underestimated how good Trevor Lawrence was, as Clemson looks beatable this year. To clarify, they’ll likely win the Atlantic and ACC again, but they don’t look like the behemoth squad they’ve had in recent years. The defense is as impressive as ever but the offense has only managed to enter the end zone twice against FBS teams this season. Based on that fact and the mindset of the rest of the CCA, the conference may miss out on the playoffs this year.

Brennan Armstrong is ACC’s top QB. Despite all the hype Sam Howell and DJ Uiagalelei have had in the offseason, Armstrong is easily the top QB in the conference. He has played 3 games and already has 11 touchdowns and nearly 1,300 passing yards. He also completes 72% of his passes. That’s crazy.

Miami was only ranked to boost promotion of the Alabama game to start the year. You cannot convince me otherwise.

There are some of my catch from week 3 of college football. Feel free to drop some of yours in the comments.


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