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Noles Bounce Back on Easter

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Clemson Tigers by a score of 7-3 on Easter Sunday. Sophomore pitcher Tyler Holton tossed a brilliant game for the Seminoles, only allowing three runs in eight innings on a whopping 123 pitches. Ultimately, the Seminoles played nine innings of error-free baseball to tie the series against Clemson at 1-1.

“Obviously when you don’t make an error, you like to think you played well – and we did,” Florida State coach Mike Martin said after the game. “This game was obviously very important to us, and with the lineup we have, we have the ability to do what transpired today [multiple home runs],” he added.

The Seminoles (22-15, 8-9) came out of the gate early, scoring four runs against the Tigers (30-6, 14-3) in the first inning to combat an early 1-0 lead. In the first at-bat for the Seminoles, junior Taylor Walls hit a solo home run to right field. After junior Rhett Aplin was walked and subsequently stole second, sophomore catcher Cal Raleigh brought him across with a deep single to right field. A few pitches later, sophomore slugger Quincy Nieporte went yard for the Seminoles, driving in two runs, making the score 4-1.

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Florida State Falls Short to Clemson in Unbelievable Comeback

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The no. 4 Clemson Tigers edge the Florida State Seminoles in a game that was a lot closer than it should have been. Clemson senior Seth Beer drove in four runs, including the final two runs of the game to give the Tigers the final lead 12-10.

“It was a good ballgame, it was a great ballgame – I hope everybody enjoyed that one,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said, admittedly, sarcastically after the game, but he was not wrong from a fan’s perspective.

The last time these two teams met was in the ACC championship game last year where Clemson won in an 18-13 offensive showdown. This game did not quite have as many runs scored as the last meeting, but it was just as much, if not more, fun.

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North Florida Christian Baseball Beats Maclay at Home

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – North Florida Christian started the game out slow but had a big fourth inning to help them beat rival Maclay. Sophomore catcher JD Jerry had a strong showing on both defense and offense and broke the game open for NFC.

The first three innings of the game would see no hits from either team; the North Florida Christian Eagles (3-1, 2-0) had back-to-back quick innings to start the game, only three plate appearances each inning. NFC players were swinging early in the count and were lacking patience. A few pitching mistakes from Maclay (3-3, 0-1) and timely hitting helped the Eagles find their rhythm offensively.

“We just relaxed a little bit,” said NFC head coach Mike Posey. “The pitcher’s pitch count was getting up there a little bit, so we started looking at more pitches. We did a great job with two strikes – we had several two-strike at-bats and we worked the guy for walks. We just had to relax a little bit. Zero, zero in the fourth inning you get a little tight.”

After three walks and two players hit by pitches, JD Jerry eventually got to the plate with his team winning 2-0 and the bases loaded. Jerry sent a ball into left field – for the first hit of the game – that unloaded the bases and put him on 2nd. Jerry finished the game going 2-for-3 and also threw somebody out at 2nd base after a wild pitch.

The Eagles scored a combined 30 runs in their previous two games before tonight, but in this game it took them a while to heat up offensively. Mike Posey credited Maclay to his team’s early struggles.

“I think our offense is pretty good – we’ve been scoring some runs, but this was a better team today that we played,” said Posey.

Even though NFC came out on top, coach Posey still thinks the team has some areas to improve on early in the season.

“We have to work a little bit better on concentration at the plate,” said Posey. “I think we battled and fought with two strikes a lot, but I think we swing at pitches sometimes that weren’t in the strike zone – we just have to do a better job at that.”

Maclay will try to shake this one off in their next game as they face Godby at home on March 10th at 4PM. North Florida Christian plays again at home against Hamilton County on March 9th at 4PM. Both

Florida State Ends Their Regular Season Unbeaten At Home After Beating Miami

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State beat rival Miami to secure their first unbeaten season at home since 1976. Dwayne Bacon made some clutch baskets near the end of the game to seal the deal and finished with a game-high 23 points.

The Seminoles (24-7, 12-6) had an 11-point lead with four minutes left in the game, but the Canes got the game tight in the final stretch. Some clutch free throws from Bacon, and some missed free throws from Miami (20-10, 10-8) helped the Seminoles secure the win.

“We made some shots and were obviously able to keep them at bay,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We hit some key free throws down the stretch. I thought Jarquez gave us good play. Obviously Dwayne came up big today.”

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FSU Women Finish Their Last Regular Season Home Game With a Win Over Pittsburgh

Emma Vargas, Correspondent (@EmmaVargasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The FSU women’s basketball team played their last regular season home game with a sound win over the Pittsburgh Panthers 79-48. The evening was especially significant for the team’s seniors, who celebrated this victory on their senior night and added to the team’s record of winning five consecutive senior night games. Seniors Gabby Bevillard, Brittany Brown, Kai James, Leticia Romero, and Ivey Slaughter were recognized in a special ceremony with their families and Coach Sue Semrau before the start of the game.

The revered seniors certainly earned the attention and celebration they received tonight. They are the winningest team in the program’s history, with 103 wins overall and 50 ACC wins, the first team ever to accomplish this feat. For their third straight season, they have thus far held all of their opposing teams to under 60 points.

Tonight, these seniors also performed well individually. Three of the five scored in the double digits, with Romero’s points all coming from three-pointers. The team could consistently count on Romero, Brown, and junior Chatrice White to get points on the board during dry spells.

Coach Semrau had nothing but praises for seniors’ and the rest of the team’s performance.

“Working hard is the culture that these guys have created,” said Semrau. “They’re contagious in that they make everyone follow their lead. The way they’ve worked has set the standard and is part of our culture now.”

The Seminoles (25-4, 13-2) maintained a comfortable lead over Pittsburgh (13-15, 4-11) throughout the game. They made a strong statement in the second quarter when the FSU defense only allowed six Panther points for that quarter and 17 points overall as they headed into the half. The second quarter also saw a 14-1 run by Florida State, with even contributions among its players. Brown finished the half with a dramatic buzzer-beater three-pointer.

Pittsburgh’s scoring woes continued into the second half, although to a lesser degree. Throughout the game, they experienced many missed shots of all sorts and appeared discombobulated altogether. One exception to this was forward Brenna Wise, who scored 22 of her team’s 48 points. This, however, was not enough to close the Seminole’s 21-point lead at the beginning of the next half.

Both the third and fourth quarters contained dry spells from scoring that each lasted up to several minutes between both teams. Slaughter made significant contributions to her team’s points in the third quarter, and as usual served as a dependable playmaker in this game. The final quarter also had a series of three-pointers between Brown and Romero. In the final minute and 18 seconds, the seniors walked off their court for the last time in their careers, leaving the team’s younger players to finish the game.

“Mental toughness, personal growth, community service, and sisterhood are things which I developed and will carry with me from my time at Florida State,” senior Ivey Slaughter explained after the game. “Coach Sue encourages us to make positive impacts in people’s lives.”Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at

Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at 2 pm, while FSU travels to play at Notre Dame at 1 pm. In this, FSU is seeking to win its first ever ACC championship.

Karp Brilliant, Bullpen Falls Apart in the 9th

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The forecast wasn’t the only ugly sight at Dick Howser Stadium on Tuesday as Florida State fell apart in the ninth inning in a painful 4-2 loss to South Florida.

Heading into the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead, FSU (2-2) was looking at it’s first save opportunity of the season. Three walks, two hit batters, and four runs later, the Seminoles found themselves on the losing end of this in-state matchup for the first time since 1989.

USF (3-1) enjoyed a solid day from six different pitchers, including starter and former Florida State player Ryan Valdes. While there was actually a decent amount of hard hit balls, the group managed to hold the Noles to only one hit, an RBI double by Rhett Aplin in the first inning. Meanwhile it took six pitchers to get FSU through the top of the ninth inning alone.

“We gave them their runs, we gift wrapped it and looked them in the eye and presented it to them, ”said coach Mike Martin after the game. It was clear 11 was disappointed with the loss, but not discouraged with his club.   “I’ve got 600 and something losses, this ain’t nothing new, we have to look at this as a learning experience.”

It wasn’t all bad news for the Seminoles as this game actually gave us some really, really good news; Andrew Karp is legit. The redshirt sophomore allowed no runs on three hits while setting career highs in innings pitched (7.0) and strikeouts (9), which is actually two more strikeouts than he had all of last season. This success is especially encouraging for Karp, who had to redshirt his freshman year due to a horrible car accident and a shaky first season which saw him struggle to the tone of a 6.91 ERA.

“It means a lot, it’s a testament to the coaches, the training staff and the strength coaches getting me ready and putting me in a position to succeed.” Karp also noted he believes this success is a result of the work he put in during the offseason on his delivery and regaining the velocity that made him successful before his injury.

The bitterness that the end of this game brought shouldn’t overshadow how sweet Karp was out there, and coach Martin felt the same way. “Isn’t it a shame? What a throw-away start, the guy was absolutely gorgeous.”

The ninth inning brought to light a problem that the noles really didn’t know they had, and that of course is the inability to get the last three outs with the game on the line. Simply put, the Seminoles need to address their closer situation and that was something else 11 harped on.

“We will get together as a staff and decide who is going to close, and when that decision is made, he’ll know, by George it’s mine in the ninth!” Martin said. “He’ll be the only one that’s going to close it, leave him out there, and let him know this is it.”

It remains to be seen who will ultimately be named the closer, but a few names to keep an eye on are seniors Jim Voyles and Alec Byrd, as well as junior sidewinder Chase Haney. All have showed the ability to get big outs in the past, but all of them also contributed to that ugly collapse in the ninth to the Bulls.

The Noles look to put this one behind them as they try to bounce back this weekend against Samford (2-1) starting this Friday at 3PM.

Florida State Men’s Basketball Pushes Home Winning Streak to 20 After Handling Boston College

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 19 Florida State stopped a 2-game skid with a 104-72 victory over the Boston College Eagles.

After being shutout in his last game against Pittsburgh, and snapping a 35-game double-digit scoring streak, Dwayne Bacon redeemed himself with a team-high 16 points. In the second half, one of Bacon’s four three-pointers brought to the 1,000 point mark for his career. He is the 46th Seminole to accomplish the feat.

Coach Leonard Hamilton said that his performance against Pitt wasn’t a cause for concern.

“You’re going to have one of those days,” said Hamilton. “He just scored 1,000 points as a sophomore, so I mean, he knows what he’s doing on the court.”

FSU (22-6, 10-5) got out to a comfortable 55-31 lead at the half after shooting an impressive 54% from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, they held BC (9-19, 2-13) to 26% from three, and 32% on all field goals.

FSU also had a huge advantage from their bench, who outscored BC 59-2. PJ Savoy lead all FSU bench players with 15 points, going 4-for-9 from the field and 3-for-8 from three.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who came into the game with the third best assist-to-turnover ratio in the ACC, lead the Seminoles with 10 assists and zero turnovers. On the defensive side of the ball, he really impressed BC coach Jim Christian.

“Mayes is one of the best ball pressure guards in the league,” said Christian. “He doesn’t get enough credit.”

With the win, FSU has won its 20th straight home game, and 17th home game of the year, which sets the school record for most home wins in a single season.

The Seminoles go on the road to play Clemson on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Duke on Tuesday the 28 before returning home for the last game of the regular season against Miami on March 4.

Florida State Beats Up On North Carolina State

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State on the giving end of back-to-back blowouts as they put up 95 points on North Carolina State in a 95-71 win. Jonathan Isaac was the high-scoring man, putting up 21 points in the game.

Isaac, who scored just two points in the previous game, came out firing. Isaac scored the first seven points for the Seminoles and scored 17 in the first half.

“It makes the game a lot easier,” said Isaac. “It gets the nerves out the way in the beginning of the game when you hit your first shot.”

Before the game, this looked like it was going to be a freshman showdown between Isaac and Wolfpack leading scorer (leads all ACC freshmen) Dennis Smith Jr., but only one freshman held up their end of the bargain. Smith Jr., who averages 19.2 points a game, was held to just eight points in the game – all in the second half.

The Seminoles threw everything they had at Smith Jr., having him pressured all the way up the court, double teams, and I whole slew of different defenders. His main matchup was against experience Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who loved the challenge.

“We’re big-time athletes – we take challenges,” said XRM. “You see somebody on the other side at your position that you feel like can challenge you, you take the challenge. Competitive juices are always flowing, and you do everything to help your team win ballgames, and that’s something I wanted to do tonight.”

Jonathan Isaac, who helped out on Smith Jr. tonight, spoke on the extra attention given to the NC State guard.

“You have to,” said Isaac. “The dude’s extremely talented and it takes a team to defend him – not just one person. We had that mindset going in that it takes five guys on the court to defend him, so that’s what we did.”

The advantage in star-studded freshmen tonight was essential to the victory, but another area that the Noles dominated in was rebounding. Florida State outrebounded NC State 49-25, gathering 21 offensive rebounds to the Wolfpack’s eight.

“Today I thought they just whipped us on the glass,” said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. “That was the story of today’s game.”

The next game for the Seminoles will be on the road this Saturday against the Fighting Irish who shot 71% from three in in their last matchup in Tallahassee. Florida State has had their struggles on the road this season, but if Notre Dame shoots like that again at home this time, it will be an even tougher game for the Seminoles.

FSU Women Overcome In-State Rival Miami Again

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Emma Vargas, Correspondent (@EmmaVargasFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – In a tough and physical in-state matchup in Tallahassee, Florida State beat their rival, Miami, for the second time this season with a score of 80-71. This win extends the Seminoles’ win streak to nine games and gives them their 13th regular-season sweep over Miami.

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The Hurricanes (17-6, 6-5) opened the fourth period by tying FSU (22-2, 10-1) 54-54 with a statement three-pointer from Keyona Hayes. From here, however, Miami could not attain a lead. A 12-0 run by Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas and Chatrice White, who together accounted for 40 of the team’s 80 points, widened the point margin once again, giving FSU the second-largest lead of the game.

A couple more threes by Miami closed the margin, but the final minute sealed the Seminole’s victory with seven FSU free throws and a dramatic dunk attempt in the final second by Thomas.

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Both Thomas and White were critical players for FSU tonight. Miami head coach, Katie Meier, had a lot to say about the duo.

“White may have had the most points, but Thomas had the best timing,” said Meier. “When FSU needed a score, she made it, especially in the second half.”

White experienced what will be a memorable night for her career this evening, as she scored a season-high 21 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds; she also shot a perfect 10-10 from the -throw line.

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“It’s always fun playing like this,” said White. “I love playing physical, it’s my style of play…I wanted to get excited to give my team energy, so that’s what I did.”

Miami also started the game strong against Florida State, holding a lead over the Seminoles for the first six minutes of the game. In that time, however, the Hurricanes were called several times for traveling, which provided FSU with a few extra possessions.

FSU took their first lead after a jump-ball and three-pointer, both by Brittany Brown, and they continued on to a 12-0 run from the end of the first period and into the first minute of the second period. In the second period, FSU built a solid lead for themselves, and they entered the half comfortably ahead of Miami, 40-32.

The third period is when the Hurricanes really put pressure on FSU. It was the only quarter that they outscored the Seminoles, 19-14. It was during this time that Florida State experienced a five-minute drought that began back in the first half. Despite this, Thomas drilled in seven points to help her team hold onto their lead into the fourth period.

“Shakalya played well in both halves, but she really woke up in the second half,” said Florida State head coach Sue Semrau of Thomas. “I credit her, because we have high expectations for her, and she carries that very well.”

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Semrau also talked about her team still needing to improve.

“We’ve still got a lot to prove,” said Semrau. “It doesn’t matter if we’re the best Florida State team now, we need to be the best Florida State team at the end of the season. So there’s still work to do.”

The Seminoles will move on to face Wake Forest in Tallahassee this Thursday at 7pm, the same time at which Miami will seek to recover against Virginia.

Florida State Blows Out Rival Clemson At Home

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State returns home after a disappointing road trip to beat the Clemson Tigers 109-61 for their 20th win of the season.

The Noles hung over 100 points on an ACC opponent for the first time this season – and the first time in over 15 years. Dwayne Bacon put on a show, tying his career high in points in this commanding win.

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Bacon set the tone for the game early, scoring 18 of his 29 points in the first half of the game. He was also extremely efficient shooting; he shot an amazing 71% on the court. The team finished with 26 assists and it seemed like the team was funneling the ball to Bacon.

“I thought his teammates were very aggressive looking for him,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “They realized he had the hot hand and they were passing up shots themselves and moving the ball and making the extra pass and trying to take advantage of what they thought was one of those nights where he was hitting on all cylinders.”

Coach Hamilton also spoke on Bacon’s improved jump shooting and shot selection.

“He has been working extremely hard on his perimeter shooting and he’s gotten much better,” said Hamilton. “His shot selection has been really good all year; he very seldom ever forces a shot.”

Florida State (20-4, 8-3) shot lights out from all over the court, but especially from behind the arc. The team shot 66% from the field and made 17 of 30 three pointers.

“I guess once I started hitting them everyone else was just like, ‘OK I’m going to take threes then,’” said Bacon. “Guys were just hot tonight – feeling it. We’ve been working on our shots all year, everybody, and guys were just hitting them.”

The bench for Florida State totaled 55 points and shot the ball well. The substitutes made 10 of 16 three pointers in the game. Three of those shots came from Braian Angola-Rodas who scored 12 points and didn’t miss a shot the entire game.

“Coach always tells me ‘just be ready, be patient. Your playing will come,’” said Angola-Rodas. “I always stay ready, that’s how it works.”

The Seminoles slightly stumbled on their most recent road trip winning just one of three games. In the first two games Florida State started slow and had to dig themselves out of a hole. Today however, the Seminoles came out hot, starting the game on a 20-8 run and ending the first half on a 14-2 run.

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“We got our identity back,” said Terance Mann. “Before Georgia Tech we were doing all the little things and then when we got to Georgia Tech – those away games kind of shocked us.”

Coach Hamilton has been trying to focus the team one game at a time. He believed that the team started to look ahead on the road trip and became distracted.

“We’ve been working very hard trying to keep this team in the movement so we don’t have one of those setbacks which I thought we had for a couple of games,” said Hamilton.

Florida State, still undefeated at home, gets another much needed home game where they will play North Carolina State this Wednesday.

Godby Pushes Their Winning Streak To 20 After Beating Chiles

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby remains undefeated this season after beating Chiles 81-63. The Cougars’ hounding defense suffocated the Timberwolves the whole game.

Godby (20-0) put up a lot of points and shot efficiently the entire game, shooting over 50%, but their defense is what helped them win the game. The Cougars played a full-court press the entire game and caused a number of turnovers.

The Cougars scored 23 points in the first quarter but only allowed Chiles (5-10) to score nine. The Stifling Godby defense caused the Timberwolves to commit 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone – a majority of the Cougars’ points came off of turnovers.

The second quarter really hurt the Timberwolves as they made five shots and missed 11. Unlike Chiles, Godby shot well in the same quarter, going 11-20. Chiles had a hard time stopping the Cougars from getting to the paint, all 10 of the 11 shots made were layups – and the 11th was an alley to junior Corbin Merritt who finished with 13 points.

Montreal Edwards was the one getting to the basket throughout the game. The senior guard tallied 18 points in the game and was distributing the ball well throwing up a couple alley-oops.

The leader in points was on the losing team tonight, as Kamari Brown poured in 21 points. Brown had a handful of nice dunks in the game, but unfortunately nobody else was making shots

Chiles will go on to face Taylor County at home tomorrow night at 7pm. Godby puts their undefeated season on the line against Rickards – after winning the first matchup at home this season – this Friday at 7:30pm.

Florida State Caps Their Tough Six-Game Stretch With Another Win

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State gets another big win over a ranked opponent beating No. 12 Louisville 73-68. Freshman phenom Jonathan Isaac recorded his third straight double-double – he finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Isaac’s 10th rebound was a timely one, as he grabbed it after Louisville (16-4, 4-3) guard Tony Hicks missed a layup that would have brought the Cardinals within one point of the Seminoles (18-2, 6-1) with less than 30 seconds to play. Isaac had a very efficient game taking just seven shots and going 7-for-7 at the line, including a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch.

The game got a lot closer than those who watched the first couple of minutes might have guessed; the Seminoles started the game on a 14-0 run in the first three minutes of the game. Slowly but surely the Cardinals clawed their way back into the game, but were fought off by Isaac and the rest of the starters towards the end.

“Jonathan has the ability to play the game the right way,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said.

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“I mean, he only took seven shots. You would think that a guy of his caliber would be a lot more aggressive hunting shots, but with his ability to make shots he never forces the shot.”

One of the more surprising stats of the day was the Florida State bench being outscored – and by a lot. The Louisville bench scored 40 points to the Noles’ 11.

One of the main stories of this Seminoles season has been the success of their bench the “Boom Squad,” as they like to be called, but in this game the starters had to get it done.

“Anyone can step up,” said Terance Mann, who finished with 15 points after going scoreless in the previous game. “Today the starters stepped up and took that role of, ‘we’re going to be the boom squad.’ We’re going to have to do that if they’re not doing it – and if we’re not doing it, then they’re going to have to do it.”

After the victory, the whole team looked both elated and relieved as their gauntlet of six straight ranked opponents was finally over. Through the tough stretch of six games, the Seminoles won five – which is more than some people expected.

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“It definitely excites us just because nobody thought we would do the stretch [of games] how we did it,” said Dwayne Bacon who also poured in a game-high 16 points. “I know a couple of guys probably thought we’d be 2-4, or not win any of the games just because of what we did last year. We believe in us and our coaches believe in us.”

Even though the tremendously rough patch of the schedule is over, there are still plenty of worthy opponents that lie ahead. The next three games are on the road, all to teams who have at least two conference wins and are very capable teams.

“In the ACC every night it feels like you’re playing a ranked team so we can’t let up now,” Mann said.

Florida State travels to Georgia Tech in their next game this Wednesday at 7pm.