The FSU football team did not play this week, but the 'Noles still had reasons to smile
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Clark: FSU should be helped by new arrivals, (possibly) sliding rivals

It says something about the state of Florida State football that this past week was one of the best in recent memory: And the Seminoles didn't even play.

But hey, it's the little things, right?

Clemson lost to a team Dabo ranked 11th. Miami lost and gave up 1,000 yards. Again. Florida lost by five touchdowns. And then Mullen decided to Dan Mullen.

How crazy is it that of the Gators' last two head coaches, the one that (allegedly) posed naked next to a dead shark is the more likeable of the two?

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Former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is one of at least four transfers who should help FSU greatly in 2021.
Former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is one of at least four transfers who should help FSU greatly in 2021. (USAToday Sports Images)

All of that happened in the span of about 48 hours. And in the middle, head coach Mike Norvell landed another valuable recruit with the announced transfer of Kansas wide receiver Andrew Parchment. To go along with a Georgia defensive end, an Arkansas cornerback and a quarterback from UCF that has accounted for 92 touchdowns in his career. And more transfers are likely coming.

All things considered -- and when you're following a program that hasn't done much winning in recent years, you definitely need to consider ALL things -- this has been a rather enjoyable and perhaps very important last few weeks for Norvell and his program.

We'll get to the transfers in a moment.

I want to address the rivals first. Because I understand how you might read a column that begins by making fun of Clemson, Miami and Florida and (rightly) think to yourself: "Well, at least they were IN a bowl! They weren't sad-sacking it at home, having to watch all these exhibition games over the holiday break, forced to just take solace in other teams beating their rivals."

Fair enough. I grant you that's a logical and rational take.

But here's why, in my opinion, FSU fans should feel a little bit better about their program's prospects right now than they did a week ago.

I really believe Clemson, Florida and Miami are all going to be worse next year. Florida maybe significantly so.

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