Florida State and Miami are two of the most prestigious college football programs in the country, but both teams’ starts to the 2021 season have been disappointing. For the first time since the 1970s, the Seminoles are 0-3 and the Hurricanes have dropped out of the top 25 in just three weeks.
Given their history of success, it’s surprising to see Florida State and Miami struggle to compete. Neither team appears capable of finishing in the top half of their division, much less challenging Clemson for the ACC title.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is among those who are disappointed by the two Florida teams’ early struggles. He recalled the days when the schools were frequently among the contenders for national titles. “It’s just sad man,” Herbstreit said on ESPN’s college football podcast , “like where we are right now with Florida State and Miami.” “… Once upon a time, that game was the game of the year..” That was the game you were watching. It doesn’t matter who you like. It was a showcase when Florida State Miami got together. NFL talent has an impact on the national championship race; traditionally, the best team in Florida was the best team in the country, and we’re still a long way from that. ”
The ESPN analyst then went into detail about each school, starting with Florida State.
“I thought Florida State, after the Notre Dame game on that Sunday night, I was like, man, good for Mike Norvell,” Herbstreit continued. “He’s got a team this year that gets it. And then they lose in overtime that night to Notre Dame, last play of the game against an inferior opponent Jacksonville State. Heads are down, now they got to go take on the closet and Wake Forest, who’s efficient and buttoned up, and that game got sideways in a hurry.
“You just wonder where, after the year that they had last year, where do you go from here to try to lift the team up and get them to believe there’s still something worth fighting for? It’s going to be a challenge in Tallahassee the rest of the year.”
Herbstreit also addressed Miami’s problems, mentioning D’Eriq King’s inability to protect the football.
“D’Eriq King, who I thought coming into the year was going to have a monster year — I would (have) put him right up there with a chance to win a lot of the postseason awards,” Herbstreit said. “Just a real good kid and a guy that kind of gets the game and what it’s about, and has an appreciation for it and just a wonderful guy. You know, he just doesn’t, I don’t know if he’s frustrated or he’s trying to make plays or they’re not quite on the same page, but he’s turning the ball over, which is very uncharacteristic for him.”
Florida State and Miami will try to turn things around this weekend after a combined 1-5 start. On Saturday, the Seminoles will face Louisville, while the Hurricanes will face Central Connecticut.
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