Why FSU won’t be bowl eligible (again) in 2019

Willie Taggart

Since head coach Willie Taggart arrived in Tallahassee, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for Seminole fans.

Sitting on top of a mountain of issues with the FSU program right now are roster woes.

After failing to sign a quarterback for the second year in a row and Deondre Francois being removed from the program, Florida State will be looking for anybody with a pulse to take snaps if presumed starter James Blackman goes down this season.

Don’t worry though, Seminole fans. Willie Taggart has a plan – he just doesn’t want to talk about it right now. (That was literally his response when asked about the dire quarterback situation during a recent press conference)

If that weren’t bad enough, Florida State missed a bowl game for the first time in over 30 years in 2018 and that could likely carry over into next season. As we examine next year’s schedule for the Seminoles, six wins could be an uphill battle if there aren’t substantial improvements made from last season.

Let’s take a look at the 2019 schedule for Florida State:

Game 1 – VS. Boise State

The Broncos went 10-3 in 2018. While they are in a weaker conference, this is a solid team returning plenty of offensive firepower. Things could get ugly fast for the Seminoles.

Our prediction: Boise State wins, 34-28

Game 2 – VS. ULM

If things don’t improve from last season for Taggart’s squad, there really is no such thing as a “cupcake” game for FSU. Even teams from the Sunbelt conference could pose a threat. The University of Louisana Monroe went 6-6 in 2018.

Our prediction: FSU wins, 31-10

Game 3 – AT Virginia

Virginia posted a record of 8-5 in 2018, and finished on an extremely high not by shutting out South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. This is the same Gamecock team that scored over 70 on Ole Miss and 31 on Florida.

Our prediction: Virginia wins, 17-10

Game 4 – VS. Louisville

Finally, a team that did worse than the Seminoles in 2018. The Cardinals were bottom-feeders of the ACC, posting a surprisingly bad 2-10 record.

Our prediction: FSU wins, 31-17

Game 5 – VS. NC State

The Wolf Pack went 9-4 in 2018 and they have had Florida State’s number over the last two years. They did, however, get massacred by Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M, 52-13 in the Gator Bowl. Miss Jimbo yet, Seminoles?

Our prediction: NC State wins, 28-17

Game 6 – AT Clemson

Keeping the score within three touchdowns against Clemson would probably be a moral victory for this once proud program.

Our prediction: Clemson wins, (whatever Dabo wants the score to be)

Game 7 – AT Wake Forest

They finished at 7-6 in 2018, with a handful of ugly losses – including a loss to the Seminoles. They did manage to beat Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.

Our prediction: FSU wins, 21-14

Game 8 – VS. Syracuse

They beat the brakes off of FSU last season and finished at an impressive 10-3. They won’t sneak up on anybody in 2019 but this ascending program will surely give Florida State all that they can handle.

Our prediction: Syracuse wins, 34-21

Game 9 – VS. Miami (7-6)

Miami managed a miracle comeback against FSU in 2018 and the Seminoles will probably have a chip on their shoulder going into this rivalry game. Will that be enough, though?

Our prediction: Miami wins, 24-21

Game 10 – AT Boston College

The Seminoles got their best win of the season last year against BC, defeating this ranked foe at Doak Campbell. Can they do it again? Probably not.

Our prediction: Boston College wins, 21-14

Game 11 – VS. Alabama State

This FCS opponent finished 4-7 in 2018 and will serve as a tune-up game before the Seminoles travel to Gainesville the following week.

Our prediction: FSU wins, 41-7

Game 12 – AT Florida

Florida fans were so sick of losing to FSU during the McElwain and Mushamp eras, most wouldn’t be sad to see Dan Mullen hang 70 on this hated rival.

Our prediction: Florida wins, 38-10

So with these predictions, we could see Florida State finishing at a woeful 4-8. Some of these games are tossups though. It is hard to predict exactly how much improvement that FSU will show in year two under Taggart – if any at all. Our best guess would be an eight win ceiling and a three win floor for FSU in 2019.

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