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Answering FSU’s biggest questions for second half of season

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FSU has completed the first half of its season. No fan or pundit imagined the team’s first six games going this badly. Most were expecting a 5-1 record, maybe 4-2 at worst.

What should the second half of FSU’s season look like? What expectations should FSU fans have now? Let’s answer the most important immediate questions facing the team heading into the off week.

Will FSU be bowl eligible?

Thirty-six consecutive bowl appearances. The bowl streak is one of FSU’s great football achievements traditions. Rivals may joke about its importance, but a bowl game is important to those who play the game and this streak should matter to everyone associated with the program.

Only four teams can go to the College Football Playoff, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the nation doesn’t have something to play for in the postseason. Bowl games beat being back at home early. If for nothing else, it gives you an extra month of practice to be able to hone skills for the next season or provide more film for the NFL.

Will this team be able to get its act together enough to win a minimum of three more games to reach six total wins and bowl eligibility?

In short, yes.

The second quarter of the FSU season – the last three games – saw signs of life in the offense. Playmakers are starting to emerge.

However, this offense can only go as far as the quarterback takes it. Deondre Francois is improving, along with every other position group, but he has to show more of what everyone expected after his 10-3 redshirt freshman year.

FSU goes as far as he can read the defense.

It’s apparent that Willie Taggart is not going to put James Blackman in barring an injury.

FSU has four games left it should be able to compete in and two where it appears out-matched (Clemson and Notre Dame). Maybe I’m being optimistic. Florida is a better overall team than FSU currently and N.C. State is ranked and that game is in Raleigh.

Can FSU beat a ranked team?

If we are to believe the first half of the Miami game, FSU can compete with anybody when firing on all cylinders. FSU’s greatest obstacle isn’t the opposing team, or the ACC officials as fans are quick to point out, but themselves.

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