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Written by Reginald Eller | 27 November 2011

After last night’s defensive domination versus the Gators, Florida State has cemented itself as one of the premiere defenses in the country.

Week 13 rankings represent, the end results of the regular season, and as you can see defensively Florida State is there, offensively – though – they are not.

Now Jimbo Fisher will have some interesting decisions to make in this offseason as it pertains to the offensive side of the ball. 2012, Florida State is loaded with talent coming back. However, with that being said, things should be put in perspective on the job Jimbo Fisher has done with the Seminoles overall.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 26 November 2011

fsu_floridaOne year after the Seminoles humiliated the Gators – in Tallahassee – 31-7, Florida State is now back-to-back state champions; getting the win 21-7, only the 9th victory in Gainesville all-time.

Offensively, there is not much to mention for Florida State (8-4, 5-3 ACC). The Seminoles only managed 92 total yards in the game. E.J Manuel was off, yet again, and play calling was spotty, at best.

This game was not won on the offensive side, the defense gets that credit – and they should be commended.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 25 November 2011

In an absolutely hideous display of offensive basketball, the Seminoles have dropped their first game of the season to the Harvard Crimson. The thing about  being a team that has a history of playing offense this poorly and defense this well is that the Florida State Seminoles continue to be perfectly capable of losing to any team in the country or beating any team in the country. 17-47 from the floor will not cut it.

The Noles struggled mightily all night, getting off to a start that saw them miss their first 17 shots from the floor. Michael Snaer was the team's high scorer with 10 points, the only player to reach double digits. If there is any good news here, it is that the Noles get to take a shot at knocking off UConn tomorrow afternoon in the consolation game. A win of that caliber early in the season will look good for Florida State's resume long term. The question is how well this group will bounce back from the disappointing loss in such a terrible fashion.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 25 November 2011

Yet another battle in the classic Florida State vs. Florida Rivalry is set to kick off Saturday night in Gainesville. This time, both programs are suffering the types of seasons that they hope will be behind them after 2011, but that does little to cheapen the intense hatred between fanbases and teams. Nor does it negate the abundance of talent that will be taking the field of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium tomorrow night.  In a game in which both teams have struggled to find consistency all season and boast rosters full of young players, there’s plenty of reason to say this is a tough one to predict. Nevertheless, we will get the opinions and predictions of Harry, Pete and Randy, as usual.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 25 November 2011

ANQUAN BOLDIN

Baltimore WR Anquan Boldin recorded four catches for a game-high 63 yards during the Ravens' 16-6 victory over San Francisco in Week 12 on Thursday night. Boldin was targeted a team-leading nine times as he finished with his highest receiving output over his past three games. Boldin had not topped 40 yards in either of his past two outings entering Thursday's game and combined for just 57 total yards during that stretch. no comments

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 25 November 2011

With the Noles advancing to round two of the Battle 4 Atlantis, they have earned the right to play Harvard at 4:30 on Friday afternoon. Harvard comes in with a 4-0 record on the season after defeating Utah by a score of 75-47 on yesterday evening. The Crimson's strongest offensive performances came from the likes of their big men, Keith Wright and Kyle Casey, who scored 13 and 11 points respectively against the Utes. As with most teams on the schedule, the Seminoles have a decided size and athleticism advantage over Harvard and even if the Noles were to bring their normal sloppy, turnover filled play to the court, they should still be able to win the game by virtue of stifling defense and outrebounding.

Yesterday, Michael Snaer led all scorers with 16 points. Through five games thus far, the Seminoles have had a different high scorer in each contest of the season, with no player scoring over 18. With four different players averaging in double digits entering this tournament, it is clear that FSU has multiple options on the offensive end of the floor which is certainly a positive. With a strong group of players that are capable of putting points on the board, hopefully the Noles can keep up their strong team performances.

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Tipoff: 4:30 pm

Televised: Versus Network

Location: Paradise Island, The Bahamas

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Written by Reginald Eller | 24 November 2011

SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI:

janikowskiSebastian Janikowski – who has been hampered with a hamstring injury – seems to be coming around, according to Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.

Report from CSN Bay Area:

Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski not appearing on the injury report is a good sign for the Raiders as well, considering his left hamstring has been an issue for more than a month now.

"We've turned the corner a little bit," Jackson said. "We'll know exactly once we kick him. I still want to be patient with his leg and just make sure there's not an opportunity to have a setback, but I think we're getting better and getting closer to where it needs to be."

Janikowski on the season:

16-for-18 on Field Goal attempts

20-29: 6-for-6

30-39: 1-for-1

40-49: 4-for-5

50+: 5-for-6

PATS: 25-for-25

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 24 November 2011

The Florida State Seminoles were able to successfully extend their winning streak to open the season against a tough UMass team in convincing fashion. The theme of this game for both teams was turnovers, as the two played high pressure, intense defense throughout the course of the game and combined to force over 40 turnovers on the day. Ultimately, the Seminoles were able to counteract their sloppy play with and come away with the W. Florida State was able to contain the Minutemen's top two scorers, Chaz Williams and Terrell Vinson, to a combined 12 points on the day. The two have combined for an average of 30 through their first four games. In total, the Seminoles held UMass to 27.9% from the floor, including 8.7% from beyond the arch while tallying up nine blocks. That type of defense will typically get you the win regardless of the opponent you're playing.

On the offensive end, Florida State got a big performance out of Michael Snaer, who continues to play with more confidence in his junior campaign. Snaer poured in 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double while Luke Loukes contributed 12 points of his own. The big men did not have as solid a showing from the field on offense, but rebounded well and put tremendous pressure on the UMass front court. By game's end, FSU had nearly converted as many free throw attempts (30) as UMASS had field goal's and free throws combined (32). Again, the most glaring problem this team will face seems to be controlling the ball. If Florida State figures out a way to cut down on foolish and unnecessary turnovers and convert the many easy baskets they often miss out on, they will be a very dangerous team.

Next up in the tournament for the Noles is the winner of the matchup between Utah and Harvard. Right after this tournamant is over, FSU has a big time game with Michigan State on November 30th. That game will be as good a measuring stick that Seminole fans can expect before playing a top 10 UF team just before Christmas and commencing conference play in January.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 24 November 2011

A new feature to the Unconquered is – rather than a weekly round up of updates – we are going to keep you all up to date, with news, as we get it, regarding any former Seminoles, and their travels in their respective sports.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 23 November 2011

The Florida State Seminoles, now ranked #20 in the nation, look to continue the quick start to their season by improving their record to 5-0 against the Massachusetts Minutemen on Thanksgiving Day. The Minutemen bring their own undefeated record to the table and have already knocked off Boston College. Granted, Boston College is not a good team this year, but UMass is going to be the best opponent FSU has faced thus far. While the Seminole's defense has not been the completely dominant force it was last season just yet, it has been very good in the early going and is accompanied by a very welcome addition--an apparently competent offense.

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There are still glaring problems as far as ball control are concerned, as the Seminoles continue to turn the ball over at an extremely high rate. The positive though, is that the Noles have seemed to have picked up a rhythm and fluidity on offense that was certainly missing throughout most of last season. Through the first four games, Florida State has four players averaging double figures and that's despite one of them scoring just a single point in the season opener. Bernard James (10.0), Michael Snaer (11.8), Terrance Shannon (11.0) and Deividas Dulkys (11.5) are all in double figures, which is huge for the Noles. Last season just two of the Noles starting five were able to sustain that type of offensive production throughout the entire season. What is intriguing about this group of players is that three of the quartet struggled significantly either all of last season or had incredibly bad streaks. Michael Snaer seems to have a sense of comfort on the floor that Nole fans have been waiting to see and Terrance Shannon is far more composed as well. Obviously, it is still very early in the year but if this is what is to be expected, Florida State could be a dangerous team to watch for.

UMass brings some explosive scorers of their own, particularly in PG Chaz Williams who is averaging 17.3 points per game to go along with his 8.0 assists. Their second leading scorer is Terrell Vinson (F), who is adding 13.0 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. The clear edge that FSU has comes in size and length, which is typically the case against the majority of their opponents. The Seminoles will be expecting to slow down this UMass offense by altering and contesting shots in the paint and controlling the glass. Against Southern Alabama (a significantly less talented opponent), Florida State's big man foursome of James, Shannon, Gibson and Kreft combined to shoot 13 for 15 from the floor and snag 24 rebounds. As competition will continue to improve, the Seminoles will need continued consistency from the big men and guards.

Tipoff Time: 4:30

Televised: Versus Network

Location: Paradise Island, The Bahamas

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