Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Winning Season for FSU Football

OK... so I've been woefully inadequate in posting this fall.  Sorry.  Traveling to games every weekend and working during the week doesn't leave much free time.   But, here I find myself on Thanksgiving Day with some down time while the turkeys cook on the grill.  So, here's a montage of the Seminoles games thus far this season.  Only Florida is left this weekend, and that seems like a pretty foregone conclusion.

Click on the hyperlinks of each game to see many more photos of each one.

1.  Pitt at Heinz Field.  FSU - 41, Pitt Panthers - 14.  

What a great sports town, and a far more beautiful city than I had ever imagined.  Check out the panorama  of the city on my site, which is much too large for the blogger format, and this view of Heinz Field from across the river:

 2.  Nevada at Doak Cambell Stadium.  FSU - 62, Nevada Wolf Pack - 7.

 The first home game is always rich with rabid fans that have had to suppress their wild outfits for a whole year...

3.  Bethune-Cookman at Doak Cambell Stadium.  FSU 54, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 6.

Something missing here:

And, of course the big draw for a Bethune-Cookman game is halftime.  All I can say is, "Wow!"  One of these days I have to see if I can shoot the annual FAMU/Bethune-Cookman classic.  That's got to be some kind of half-time show!

4.  Boston College at Alumni Stadium.  FSU - 48, BC - 34.

OK.  Cheating on this one, since I didn't make the trip to Boston.  Here's a pic from the 2012 game:

5.  Maryland at Doak Campbell Stadium.  FSU - 63, Maryland Terrapins - Zip

The national media started taking note of Jameis Winston along about this point in the season.  He was on a tear (and still is)!

This about summed it up for the turtles....

6.  Clemson at Death Valley.  FSU - 51, Clemson Tigers - 14.

This was the first real test for FSU... highly ranked, but not having played any other ranked teams at this point in the season.  Who expected the final outcome?  Not I.

The ESPN College Game Day guys showed up for the first of two appearances for FSU this year.  They always step the atmosphere up a notch!  Frankly, I was a little worried when Lee Corso put on the Seminole outfit.

7. North Carolina State at Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU - 49, NCState Wolfpack - 17.

FSUs offense isn't the only startling aspect of the season.  The defense has been absolutely stifling all season long!

The NC State game was also the occasion for the return of Bobby Bowden to Doak Campbell Stadium.  What a class act...

8.  Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium.  FSU - 41, Miami Hurricanes - 14.

The dreaded rivalry!  I was a little more comfortable after the Clemson rout, but Miami is always a big question mark.  But the Noles continued to steam roll their opponents... even the bitter rivalries.  The game was just as physical as everyone expected.

 The top ten match-up occasioned the second visit of ESPN College Game Day to an FSU game.  Corso says, "Not so fast!"

9.  Wake Forest at BB&T Field.  FSU - 59, Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 3

Kind of a snoozer, but plenty of highlights to shoot.

10.  Syracuse at Doak Campbell Stadium.  FSU - 59, Syracuse Orangemen - 3 .

You'd be forgiven for thinking the 59-3 score was a copy/paste error from the previous week's score, but nope... that's what it was.  Once again, no lack of highlights as the Noles continued their romp through the ACC.

The Syracuse game was home-coming for FSU... always fun to see the Marching Chiefs alumni come back to march.

11.  Idaho at Doak Campbell Stadium.  FSU - 80, Idaho Vandals - 14.

Yep... another snore-fest.  FSU set a new school record for points scored, surpassing the previous mark of 77.

Senior day at the last home game of the season.  Congrats seniors!

The Florida Gator game is two days away.  That one will warrant a post all its own.  Stay tuned....

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