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Answering FSU’s biggest questions for second half of season

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The four ranked teams currently on the schedule are Clemson, Notre Dame, N.C. State and Florida. The first two present a steep challenge considering how their offenses put consistent pressure on a defense. FSU’s secondary has made poor decisions at times and it’s difficult imagining them holding up against the Tigers or Irish.

N.C. State has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and will host the game in a traditional house of horrors for FSU – including much better teams than this one. Dan Mullen has Florida performing better as a team than FSU, winning games it probably shouldn’t, that’s what a well-coached team does.

Clemson and Florida are rivalry games that mean to FSU and perhaps playing the spoiler, as they did against Miami, will bring out the best in them. Clemson’s offensive line struggled against Syracuse, bouncing back the next week. Florida has offensive line issues, but is playing better. Potential weaknesses there and familiarity with the opponent make those, along with N.C. State, who, despite all its advantages over FSU is far from a world-beater, the most likely wins.

I don’t see FSU beating Notre Dame.

I can’t see them going 0-4 in those games, but I thought FSU would finish the regular season with a 10-2 record before the season began. What I can tell you is FSU will go 0-4 in those games if it doesn’t figure out a way to put together four solid quarters of football.

Will FSU have consecutive games with one offensive line combination?

FSU’s offensive line has been a patchwork of different combinations. Landon Dickerson’s absence due to injury has proved more serious than originally thought. There are no good answers here.

Almost everybody on the line is playing out of position. Most people don’t understand how hard it is for a guard to play tackle. Hell, it’s difficult for a right tackle to play left. It’s like asking a wide receiver to play running back.

Injuries have really hurt this position group which didn’t have much depth to begin with due to attrition.

Based on how this season is going, you’ll probably see more injuries. The off-week is well timed for the offensive line so hopefully FSU gets healthier here.

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