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6/21 Entry @ 5:30 p.m. -- Deondre Francois Trolls Miami

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois is undefeated against FSU's in-state rivals, and that's not just on the field, it's online as well. Last season, the first year starter went down to Miami and threw for over 230 yards, completed 64.5% of his passes including a regular season long 59-yarder and two touchdowns to help the Noles earn the W.

Yesterday evening, the star QB earned another W against his rivals from down south with a social media post you can see below:


As trolls go, it's subtle and to the point.

Considering FSU fans talk of the last defeat to Miami in terms of by-gone technology of the day, top music hits at the time, celebrities and television shows no longer around and so on, most faithful Hurricanes have likely become numb to it.

This upcoming season, Francois has a chance to lead his team to something neither FSU nor Miami have done in the history of the rivalry, and that is to win eight in a row.


6/12 Entry @ 3 p.m. -- Jimbo Fisher Among the Best in the Red Zone 

According to Chris Vannini of, Jimbo Fisher is one of the top 20 play-callers in the red zone over the last 4 years. According to their data, Fisher is clearly one of the best in the country in this area, particularly among Power 5 coaches who don't run the triple option. Below is what they have to say about the data:

- First, it’s clear that the triple-option is king in the red zone. Navy, Georgia Tech, Army and New Mexico make up four of the top five, and Air Force is not far behind. That also makes Florida State and Jimbo Fisher even more impressive.

- Coaches on this list also among the top scoring offensive play-callers include Brohm, Riley, Frost, Kingsbury, Fisher, Legg, Yurcich, Bobo, Jasper, Leach and Dimel.

- The schools on this list that return their play-caller and starting QB in 2017 include Florida State, Army, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Air Force, Marshall, Colorado State, Wisconsin, K-State, Washington State, UCF, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State.



5/31 Entry @ 9:45 a.m. -- All Canes Conference? Not even close

When the University of Miami joined the ACC back in 2004, it didn’t take Hurricanes fans long to come up with a catchy phrase to predict their impending takeover: “All Canes Conference.”

Nearly 15 years later, that still hasn’t come close to materializing. In fact, it's been just the opposite.

According to a recap by longtime ACC reporter David Teel of the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., Miami has won just nine Atlantic Coast Conference titles -- in all sports -- since joining the league.

For perspective, Florida State has won 55 league championships in that time frame; Virginia is the only school with more at 64. Just this year, FSU won three ACC titles, with the most recent being baseball last weekend.

Miami’s nine ACC titles since 2004 rank ahead of only Wake Forest (eight), Boston College and Louisville (both have one). Of course, Louisville joined the conference in 2014. Syracuse, which joined the conference in 2013, already is tied with the Hurricanes’ nine titles. And Notre Dame, which came on that year as a partial member, already has 12.

According to Teel, here’s the full recap of ACC championships since 2003: Virginia 64, Florida State 55, North Carolina 37, Duke 36, Maryland 26, Virginia Tech 24, Clemson and Georgia Tech 20, N.C. State 14, Notre Dame 12, Miami and Syracuse nine, Wake Forest eight, Boston College and Louisville one.

FSU is the only school to win at least one ACC title in football and men’s basketball during that span, according to Teel.


5/30 Entry @ 9 a.m. -- Point spreads posted for four FSU games

College football is still three months away, but at least one sportsbook in Las Vegas has posted point spreads for many of this season's biggest games. And several of those games involve Florida State.

Despite being a favorite to win the 2017 national title, FSU is an underdog in two of those games -- against Alabama in a neutral-site game and also on the road at Clemson, the defending national champion.

Here's a look at some of those lines from South Point Sportsbook:

Sept. 2 -- Alabama -4 vs. Florida State (at Atlanta)

Oct. 21 -- Florida State -6.5 vs. Louisville

Nov. 11 -- Clemson -5 vs. Florida State

Nov. 25 -- Florida State -5 at Florida


5/26 Entry @ 2:45 p.m. - Alabama opens as four-point favorite over FSU

The South Point Sportsbook in Las Vegas is the latest oddsmaker to release opening betting lines for the first week of college football. As reported by, Alabama is an early four-point favorite over Florida State in the Saturday, Sept. 2 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, Ga.

Alabama -4 vs. Florida State from Atlanta, Georgia

It was announced earlier this week that the game would kickoff at 8 p.m. ET and is being broadcast nationally by ABC.

Chick-fil-A Kickoff

A few other opening lines for interest:

Michigan -3 vs. Florida from Arlington, Texas
Virginia Tech -5 vs. West Virginia from Landover, Maryland
Tennessee -3 vs. Georgia Tech from Atlanta, Georgia


5/23 Entry @ 7:30 p.m. -- Derwin James a Dark-Horse Heisman Candidate

One Sports Illustrated writer has listed his top five dark-horses for the 2017 Heisman Trophy and one of his favorite dark-horses is FSU safety, Derwin James. Here is what Chris Johnson of SI had to say about James:

Yet if you had to pick one defensive player with the best chance of claiming the award in 2017, it would be hard to find fault with Derwin James. He reacquainted college football fans this spring with his sublime combination of athleticism and versatility. James reportedly lined up everywhere from cornerback to kick returner to defensive end and he registered seven tackles and a pair of sacks in the Seminoles’ Garnet and Gold game......


5/22 Entry @ 2 p.m. -- Noles in Athlon's Top 25

Today Athlon Sports released their Preseason Top 25 rankings for the upcoming 2017 season. There they have Florida State ranked #3 behind #1 Alabama and #2 Ohio State. Here's what they had to say about the 2017 Noles:

3. Florida State

The balance of power in the ACC should shift back to Tallahassee in 2017. The Seminoles return nine starters from a defense that showed marked improvement over the second half of last year, and safety Derwin James is back after missing nearly all of 2016 due to a knee injury. James is arguably the best defender in college football. The line is overflowing with talent, as ends Josh Sweat and Brian Burns anchor a standout pass rush, and tackles Derrick Nnadi and ......


5/21 Entry @ 1:45 p.m. -- Jameis Winston Holds Annual Youth Camp

Current Bucs and former FSU star quarterback, Jameis Winston, held his annual youth pro camp this weekend where he showed kids how to succeed both on and off the field.

Check out some of the highlights from the camp below:


5/18 Entry @ 8:15 p.m. -- FSU Returns Two of the Top WR's in the ACC

According to Cameron Mellor of Pro Football Focus, Florida State returns two of the top ten wide receivers in the conference in terms of passer rating when targeted.

Last season, the pair of Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate combined for 52 receptions, 850 yards and 11 touchdowns. With a full season under their belts now playing with first-year starting quarterback Deondre Francois, they'll be looking to improve on those numbers in 2017.


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