In the week by week series of about faces that is college football…it’s easy to make knee-jerk reactions.  One week we’re celebrating Virginia’s win over Penn State…a few weeks later we’re wondering if the Cavaliers will ever win another game.  One day we’re calling Maryland the little Terrapins that could, the next day we’re wondering how many quarterbacks they’ll lose to injury.  I’ve always been duped by the fool’s gold that is Miami–at least under the Hurricanes previous coach–saying “Look who’s back!” only to say “Perhaps next year” one week later.  Not so with Florida State.  The onetime ACC perennial appears to be in dominate-mode again;  Jimbo Fisher has a sunshine state talent pipeline plus none of the shenanigans that continue to haunt Miami.  For years I lamented the staggering of the Seminoles in the final act of Bobby Bowden’s career;  now that FSU has a coach trying to build a legacy until one attempting to maintain one– the ‘Noles are poised to dominate the league like they did in the ’90s.  At least until they blow another 16 point lead in Raleigh.

Virginia Tech vs #8 Florida State– a few keys have the Hokies on their heels this November:  the inability to stop the run and turning the ball over with numbing regularity.  The Seminoles led the nation in total defense and are the third highest scoring team in FBS.   Add in the absence of the special teams edge– it looks like a long night in Blacksburg.  Hokies come up short, 38-14.