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Sunshine Seven Week Seven: The FSU Circus Rolls On

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Each week the Sunshine Seven compete for our hearts and minds. Who wins? Who struggles? Check out the reviews of each team here at SOTU.

The Canes stormed past the Bear Cats in last weeks matchup.
The Canes stormed past the Bear Cats in last weeks matchup.
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Weekly Observations

Florida Gets Their QB (of the future?) Back

For all intents and purposes, Treon Harris is the QB of the future. After he was reinstated to the football program late last week Coach Muschamp came out and said he would split snaps with current starter Jeff Driskel. Just like in the Tennessee game, don’t be surprised if Harris keeps the chains moving and eventually takes over the position outright. Although Driskel seems to have all the tangible tools to play in Offensive Coordinator Kurt Roper’s scheme he just hasn’t been able to put together a clean, efficient, turnover free game. Now, maybe Harris just needs extended playing time to be exposed for his flaws but we’ll have to see going forward.

This is FSU’s World and We Are Simply Allowed To Take Part In It

We haven’t documented the whole saga that is going on over there in Tallahassee due to SOTU being primarily a Miami Hurricanes site but we have been watching from the sideline just like everyone else. From my perspective as a pure sports fan, not the Miami shaded glasses, every day that goes by and FSU keeps coming up with new excuses for the way they’ve handled the 5+ incidents that have occurred on and off their campus over the last year degrades their integrity as a University and their overall perception to the outside community.

Take that for what you will. Maybe I’m a Miami fan so my point isn’t valid but I live in Virginia and when I see the sports ticker at the bottom of ESPN every day and talk to my buddies about the Winston situation and the other events, we just simply laugh and shake our heads. It’s a joke and they (FSU) don’t care.

Miami Gets a Hollow Victory Over a Toothless Bear Cats Squad

The offense did what we thought they would do which was gain over 300 yards rushing and almost tally the same amount throwing in the contest. However, the defense did what we thought they would do too which was give up lots of points and almost 400 yards. It has to be pointed out that Cincinnati has a pretty potent offense and they ran close to 65 plays but at times the Cane defense played their patented soft zones Miami and the Bear Cats took advantage.

With a struggling Virginia Tech Hokies team next up on the docket the Miami faithful have to wonder: will the defensive scheme be more soft coverages against the turnover prone Quarterback Michael Brewer? Virginia Tech has lost their top two running backs to injury and relies on the interception slinging quarterback who distributes the ball primarily to two freshman wideouts and a freshman tight end. In last night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Panthers, Brewer didn’t need to be pressured to give the ball away. We’ll find out come Thursday night what the game plan will be to contain the Hokies.

USF Almost Did It.. But Didn’t

The score at half was 17-7. USF was winning and the stadium was rocking and rolling to a possible huge upset over top 25 ranked ECU. Then the second half started and… well.. USF is who we thought they were. The Pirates came out in the second half and instead of running and gunning which is what they’re known to do with their cadre of lanky, tall wideouts they "grounded and pounded" USF into submission. 21 unanswered points later and ECU pulled out the victory 28-17. So close yet so far. Better luck next time.

Here are the rankings for week 7:

Florida State

LAST WEEKS RANK: 1

THIS WEEKS RANK: 1

SCORE: 38 - 20 Florida State beat Cuse

University of Miami

LAST WEEKS RANK: 3

THIS WEEKS RANK: 2

SCORE: 55 - 34 Miami beat Cincinnati

Florida

LAST WEEKS RANK: 2

THIS WEEKS RANK: 3

SCORE: 30 - 27 Florida lost to LSU

Central Florida

LAST WEEKS RANK: 4

THIS WEEKS RANK: 4

SCORE: 31 - 24 UCF beat BYU

Florida International

LAST WEEKS RANK: 5

THIS WEEKS RANK: 5

SCORE: 16 – 13 FIU lost to UTSA

South Florida

LAST WEEKS RANK: 6

THIS WEEKS RANK: 6

SCORE: 28 - 17 USF lost to ECU

Florida Atlantic

LAST WEEKS RANK: 7

THIS WEEKS RANK: 7

BYE WEEK

Week 7 Power Ranks