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Sport Illustrated's Andy Staples to Florida State fans: Relax

October 13,2017 14:10

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples went full-Aaron Rodgers on the Florida State football fan base. In one of his “Dear Andy” segments where he answers fans' questions, he told Seminoles followers to “just relax” after Florida State's shocking 1-3 start ...and more »


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Alex Makrides

9:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 Sports

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples went full-Aaron Rodgers on the Florida State football fan base. 

In one of his “Dear Andy” segments where he answers fans’ questions, he told Seminoles followers to “just relax” after Florida State’s shocking 1-3 start. 

“I know it is not fun that Florida State is 1-3 right now, but look at the rest of the schedule and look at the way the Seminoles have played,” Staples said.

Florida State’s schedule was absolutely front-loaded. Three of the Seminoles first four games were against Alabama and NC State -- two of the top defenses in the country -- and Miami, who is projected to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division. 

What gives Staples hope and what he reminded the Seminoles faithful is that every loss has been close. Against the Hurricanes, the Seminoles lost with just six seconds left on the. Against the Wolfpack, Florida State fell by just six points. And the opener against the Crimson Tide was much closer than the 24-7 final score. The total yards and time of possession were nearly the same. The only difference was Alabama got 11 points in the third quarter off two Florida State turnovers.

“So look at who is left. Who is better than Florida State on the remainder of the schedule? Clemson, defiantly. But anybody else? The Seminoles might only lose one more game this season so I wouldn’t freak out about it too much right now,” Staples said.

Excluding Clemson, the rest of the Seminoles’ remaining opponents have a combined 16-18 record. 

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles looks on against the Alabama Crimson Tide during their game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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