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November 4, 2013

No. 3 Florida State has easy road ahead next 3 weeks

Fisher: 'This is a very good football team'

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No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon might be the biggest obstacles to Florida State's championship aspirations, and they're not on the schedule. Not yet, anyway. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) still have No. 10 LSU and No. 7 Auburn on the schedule before it qualifies for the SEC championship game. The Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) have yet to play sixth-ranked Stanford, Arizona (6-2, 3-2) and Oregon State (6-3, 4-2) before a possible Pac-12 title game.
Florida State has the easiest backstretch of the three teams, but that doesn't help the Seminoles leapfrog if the other two remain undefeated.
"I feel like it could be that special season if we just play one game at a time and still dominate," Florida State running back Devonta Freeman said.
The Seminoles defense has dominated all season outside of giving up 34 points to Boston College, but the play of Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston has pushed the team to elite status.
Fisher was thrilled to see his team excel even when Winston struggled somewhat against the Hurricanes. The redshirt freshman still finished with 325 yard passing and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions and had several inaccurate throws. Winston did bounce back from a shaky first half by completing 12-of-14 passes after halftime. The defense shut out the Hurricanes in the second half, forced two interceptions and got off the field on fourth-and-2 from the Florida State 26.
"I definitely feel like we did what we were supposed to do," Florida State nose guard Timmy Jernigan said. "Miami is a great team; they have a great rushing attack, one of the best in the country. We proved that we could play with the best tonight."
 

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