Nov 15, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) scores a touchdown past Miami Hurricanes safety Jamal Carter (6) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. FSU won 30-26. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The lastest S&P + metrics have FSU football as the No. 11 team in the nation. The FSU offense is No. 7 in nation, and the defense has improved 35 spots in the past months to No. 31.
FSU football special teams S&P + metrics come in at No. 30.
The embarrassing loss to Louisville in the third game of the season still haunts FSU among voters and advanced metrics.
Remember, FSU allowed 8 yards per play on defense and only mustered 4.2 yards per play offensively.
On special teams, they allowed a 69 yard punt return for a touchdown and another return of 61 yards.
If we look at the F/+ ratings, the FSU football teams comes in at No. 12 in the nation. The F/+ ratings combine S&P + and FEI advanced metrics.
Oct 1, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) and defensive end Jamarcus Robinson (11) along with defensive coordinator Charles Kelly look on during the game against the North Carolina Tarheels at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
Teams Ranked Above FSU
The AP Poll has FSU in the No. 17 spot after their dominate win over Boston College on Friday night. Here are the teams ranked ahead of the ‘Noles:
Here are the teams advanced metrics rank higher than FSU:
LSU and USC are the only three loss teams ranked ahead of FSU in either poll.
Oct 1, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive coordinator Charles Kelly talks to his defense during the game against the North Carolina Tarheels at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
Look, did FSU football poop the bed against Louisville in the third game of the season in a redshirt freshman’s first true road game?
Did the defense look like a sieve against Louisville and others through the first five games of the season?
Is Louisville THAT much better than FSU? Not a chance, but they were on that particular day. The fact of the matter is the stats say FSU is one of the better teams out there.
Again, they could easily be 8-1 on the season and would definitely be near playoff contention if that had been the case. Those losses against Clemson and UNC are by a combined FIVE points.
The FSU team that played Clemson tit for tat is capable of beating a lot of teams that are currently ranked ahead of them in the AP polls. In fact, that FSU team that played Boston College may be even better than the team we saw against Clemson.