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5 reasons why FSU could struggle in Willie Taggart’s first season

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Few schools in the ACC had as rocky a 2017 as the Seminoles who had one of their worst seasons in 30 years, lost a coach in Jimbo Fisher to another Power 5 school and had to find a new coach in Willie Taggart, all while finishing a season and salvaging a very respectable recruiting class. Considering this is as close to the bottom as most FSU fans have seen in their lifetime the only thing they can do is look up.

Here are five reasons to be optimistic going into the 2018 College Football season.

But I’d curb that enthusiasm, well at least for a little while.

You can’t discount what Jimbo did

I get it, FSU fans are angry about the past season and being spurned by former head coach Jimbo Fisher. Anger aside, what Jimbo, and really and truly the university in general, did was nothing short of remarkable. FSU has not had a losing season in the better part of four decades, an incredible feat.

Bigger than that, they hadn’t had a coaching search in just as much time. Looking at the entire landscape and complexity of college football, that’s the equivalent of a stone castle that has remained unweathered through time.

Jimbo had to replace a legend, a legend who finished his career with a seemingly similar record to Jimbo’s last season and leaving behind a team who barely made a bowl game. The next year, Jimbo had the Noles competing, but realistically it took three years to win the conference.

Now, the roster Jimbo inherited compared to what he left are night and day. What was also different was with Jimbo, it was more the passing of the torch. Jimbo was in Tallahassee for years before being named head coach, learning the roster, recruiting and acclimated when he took the job. Willie has been on the go since the interview process only back in November.

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