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Written by Reginald Eller | 23 November 2011

In two days, Florida and Florida State will take the field. Before we get there, however, the team here at the Unconquered would like to wish each and every one a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We all have different things we are thankful for. Family, friends, Saturday's, Tallahassee, the Seminole Tribe, Doak Campbell, the greatest fan base on earth and the list goes on.

So, we hope you enjoy your day. Spend it the best way you know, and then Saturday, we will all gather to witness another year of Florida-Florida.

Happy Thanksgiving Seminoles.

To be fair, yes, we wish the Florida Gators a Happy Thanksgiving, too. Just don't choke.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 23 November 2011

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day – as the Seminoles hope to prepare for a Gator feast down in Gainesville – let us take a look through the interwebs at what is being said about the battle for state supremacy.

Chip Patterson over at CBS points out in his “Keys to Victory”, for either side, that Florida State must protect its quarterback, while Florida must get to E.J Manuel for a chance at victory.

In a report from Fox Sports Florida, Will Muschamp is looking at salvaging this season with a win over Florida State.

“Certainly ending on a positive note against Florida State would be a shot in the arm for us emotionally” Muschamp said.

Muschamp has taken ownership of the Gators failures this season.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 23 November 2011

There is no denying that on its surface, a rivalry game between the Florida State Seminoles and Florida Gators in which both teams combine for 9 losses in 2011 is pretty difficult to get very fired up for. Nationally, there likely aren't many college football fans who will bat an eyelash at this game and even within the respective fanbases, there is a certain sense of nerves and uncertainty given that neither is very confident in their team right now. Despite all of this, this game is still relevant both within the state and ultimately nationally for several reasons.

First off, although neither team has achieved very much on the field this season, these are two very talented football teams that both feature a healthy amount of future NFL players on their rosters. Youth is a common bond that these two teams share and it is one that fans should recognize. What this battle has always and will always represent is a struggle for power within the state of Florida and with both teams featuring a young nucleus that will be back to face each other for the next couple of years, this Saturday could be a momentum builder for either program. The Seminoles got the monkey off their back in 2010 when they snapped the Gators six game winning streak in the series. While FSU has not experienced the type of success they were expected to in 2011, the program is moving in the right direction. On the other side, the University of Florida is attempting to gather its footing in the midst of a two-season dip and coaching turnover, but talent and resource wise they are not very far off base either. A win for either this Saturday will be meaningful and valuable.

Lowndes Boys

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 21 November 2011

It's safe to say that the 2011 football season has been a monumental disappointment for the Florida State Seminoles. At times like these, a decent perspective is difficult to come by when passing judgment on the job being done by a head coach. We all know that college football is a world of results and what's being done right now, more so than process and what could be done down the road. With that being said, Jimbo Fisher is having a tough go at things right now as the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles.

The Seminoles entered the year with lofty expectations, which is not unusual. What was unusual is that these expectations had many more substantial reasons to be warranted than in recent years past. The team was coming off of a strong 2010 campaign that featured a 10 win season and two decisive wins over the Noles two biggest rivals on national television. Fisher and his staff had reeled in the best recruiting class in the country and current players on the roster had progressed greatly from the previous year. There was a legitimate buzz surrounding the program for the first time in a while with some whispers of a dark horse National Title run. Fast forward three months from that point and the Seminoles now sit with a 7-4 record, having lost three conference games heading into their matchup with the Florida Gators. Losses to teams like Wake Forest and Virginia were two of the least expected outcomes for the 2011 season coming in and those results have people questioning whether or not Jimbo Fisher is the guy for the job in Tallahassee.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 20 November 2011

With last night’s loss, at home, in inexplicable fashion to the Virginia Cavaliers, FSU will fall back out of the polls as they head to Gainesville next week for their in-state rivalry.

As we embark on “UF Week” we take a look at how FSU ranks in individual categories – like we do each week.


Week 12 Rankings:

Total Offense: 51st – 401.27 yards per game (+1 spot)

Rushing Offense: 86th – 126.09 yards per game (+10 spots)

Passing Offense: 25th – 275.18 yards per game (-6 spots)

Scoring Offense: 33rd – 32.64 points per game (-9 spots)


Total Defense: 7th – 282.82 yards per game (-2 spots)

Rushing Defense: 3rd – 84.36 yards per game (+1 spot)

Passing Defense: 30th – 198.45 yards per game (-5 spots)

Scoring Defense: 6th – 15.91 points per game (Same)


Week 11 Rankings:

Total Offense: 52nd – 402.80 yards per game (-7 spots)

Rushing Offense: 96th – 120.10 yards per game (-5 spots)

Passing Offense: 19th – 282.70 yards per game (-1 spot)

Scoring Offense: 24th – 34.60 points per game (-4 spots)


Total Defense: 5th – 279.50 yards per game (-1 spot)

Rushing Defense: 4th – 85.00 yards per game (-1 spot)

Passing Defense: 25th – 194.50 yards per game (-3 spots)

Scoring Defense: 6th – 16.10 points per game (+1 spot)

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Written by Reginald Eller | 20 November 2011

FSU and Virginia lacked offense and excitement for most of the game Saturday night. They made up for it in the final 1:45 of the game – in a wild scurry of affairs.

FSU had the ball on 3rd-and-11 at the Virginia 30 yard line with right at three minutes remaining in the ball game – well within Dustin Hopkins range.  E.J Manuel – who was off all night long – took an inexplicable sack, losing 14 yards in the process, forcing the Seminole to punt.

Virginia, had only one successful drive all night versus the Florida State defense.  It was an 11 play 82 yard touchdown drive in the second quarter.  Beyond that, Virginia had punted the ball eight other times.

Something felt different after the sack and punt by FSU though – as Virginia would get the ball at their own 25-yard line with 1:53 to go. 


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Written by Adam Tolliver | 18 November 2011

As the Seminoles continue to ride their five game winning streak, fresh off an ugly victory against the Miami Hurricanes last weekend, they gear up for a game that could be kind of weird emotionally. For the Noles, Saturday's UVA matchup is homecoming and senior night combined with a 7:30 pm kickoff. Those are typically all the makings for an emotionally charged game, at least under normal circumstances. What's unique about this scenario is that this UVA game is sandwiched between two of Florida State's most emotional games of the year--the in-state rivalries of UM and UF. The biggest storyline here for the Seminoles will be their mental intensity and focus. How much will they have and how much will it impact the outcome of the game?

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Written by Reginald Eller | 18 November 2011

It's a matchup of two 7-3 teams as the Virginia Cavaliers travel to Tallahassee to take on the Seminoles.  

As an added preview to the game we look at the game through numbers.  From negative 2 - all the way to 1014.

-2: Negative two represents the turnover margin the Virginia Cavaliers have had in their three losses this season. The worst turnover margin Virginia had this season in a game they won was –1 versus the Indiana Hoosiers.

1: Virginia running back – Perry Jones – has 5 rushing touchdowns this season in four games.  When he scores a touchdown – the Cavaliers are 4-0.


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Written by Adam Tolliver | 15 November 2011


As many FSU and ACC fans are aware, this past weekend's rivalry game between the Noles and Canes had a major storyline that most football fans typically dread – officiating. 

It was a bizarre game full of calls that were confusing, questionable and in some cases plain wrong. As a result, the backlash in discussion and reaction following the contest was a bit more aggressive and noticeable than usual.

To the ACC's credit, they do take time to clarify and answer questions for those that do inquire about certain calls and rule interpretations.

With that being said, we would like to thank ACC Associate Commissioner – Mike Kelly – for taking the time to answer a few questions for us at UnconqueredNoles.com in regards to some of the lingering questions we all have about procedures ACC officials follow.

As usual, feel free to share your thoughts and responses to his answers in our comment section, we always love to hear from our readers.

In our opinion, Mr. Kelly was quite thorough and accommodating with his answers, whether we agree with each one or not.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 15 November 2011

This morning FSU - and College Football legend - Bobby Bowden joined Mad Dog Radio on Sirius XM 86 to discuss the scandal ongoing at Penn State University.

Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno are often compared because of their lofty win totals but as we told you last week in a column, in this case - the two should not be compared.

Listen to what Bobby Bowden had to say HERE.

Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno

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