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Florida State University vs. University of Florida Football  November 26, 2016

The most-anticipated Florida college football match-up once again landed in the capital city. 

The Florida State Seminoles took on their long-time rival the University of Florida in a top 25 match up this Saturday.

The Seminoles were the first on the board, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. The Gators put up a fight, completing several passes to advance down the field. But the Seminole defense was too strong. The Gators settled for field goals in the second and third quarters. The Gators did not score a touchdown until the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.

The Noles held on to win the game 31 to 13.

FSU vs. Clemson Football October 29, 2016

The Florida State University Seminoles took on number two-ranked Clemson University at Doak Campbell Stadium in an intense match-up that resulted in a 37 to 34 victory for the Tigers.

FSU had trouble scoring in the first quarter due to several incomplete passes. But senior runningback Dalvin Cook helped the team in the remaining quarters.

Cook scored four touchdowns and rushed for 169 yards.

FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher did not agree with a penalty call that played a critial role in the game.

"That was a huge call in the game. Now we still had a chance to win the game after that, but that [call] was ridiculous," Fisher said.

Fisher was later fined for his comments.

Hard hits on redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois made offensive lineman Roger Johnson say he and his team need to work on their blocking.

"When we give up sacks, it's most because we beat ourselves- the O line beat ourselves. The communication and everything is fine but we still need to work on techniques and fundamentals and things like that and still put ourselves in place to get in front of defenders and block them," Johnson said in the post-game press conference.

Though pass protection was a weakness for FSU, sacks were a strength for Clemson. The Tiger defense is ranked fourth in the nation and they used their defense to keep Francois limited to short throws.

This is the first time Clemson has won in the Doak Campbell stadium since 2006.

FSU will face North Carolina State next Saturday in North Carolina.


FSU vs. UNC Football October 1, 2016

The Florida State University Seminoles took on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels at Doak Campbell Stadium. 

The Noles put up a hard-fought effort, but the Tar Heels proved to be too much for them. UNC won 37 to 35.

After several missed field goals in the first half and a lack of communication between redshirt freshman Deondre Francois and his receivers, Francois and senior runningback Dalvin Cook found themselves carrying the offensive on their backs.

Francois did not throw to his receivers much, but head coach Jimbo Fisher said he did a good job because he used his mind. 

"He stayed in the game and made some really nice throws. He's learning. He made a few mistakes on some things, but for the most part, he's growing and understanding how to play the postition of quarterback," Fisher said.

Down 27 to 7 at the half, the Seminoles came back  a new team after halftime. 

Junior linebacker Matthew Thomas said he wants his team to start playing all four quarters.

"We have to play the whole game. Sometimes we play one quarter, two quarters. Why we can't play four quarters?" Thomas said in the post-game press conference.

Florida State will play the University of Miami next week and UNC will play Virginia Tech.

FAMU Football Press Conference September 28, 2016

Head football coach Alex Wood was recently in the news after he called his team "not very good" after Saturday's loss to South Carolina State University. Wood addressed his comments and the team's standing during a press conference.