Seminole Sunday Sauce — Nov. 27, 2022: FSU Football Enjoys Best Regular Season in Six Years
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Seminole Sunday Sauce — Nov. 27, 2022: FSU Football Enjoys Best Regular Season in Six Years

It might be too early to put Florida State football back among the nation’s elite, but after the past few years, it has been a season to remember. The 2022 regular season culminated on Friday night with a 45-38 win over rival Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Trey Benson capped a 111-yard rushing performance on Friday with the go-ahead touchdown — his third of the night — with just a little more than four minutes remaining. Quarterback Jordan Travis finished with 353 total yards and three total scores of his own.

With the victory, No. 16 FSU heads to bowl season with a record of 9-3 — its best since an identical regular season mark in 2016. The Seminoles also topped Florida for the first time since 2017. This season marked the first since 2016 that FSU defeated its top two rivals — Florida and Miami — in the same season.

FSU closed the 2021 season by winning five of eight but had four straight losing seasons entering the 2022 campaign. In addition to its first winning season since 2017, FSU also finished with a 5-3 record in ACC play for its first winning conference slate in six years. The Seminoles closed the regular season on a 5-game winning streak.

Travis was a big reason for FSU’s success this season, passing for nearly 2,800 yards and accounting for 29 total touchdowns and just four interceptions. Benson rushed for 965 yards to lead a stellar rushing attack while Arizona State transfer Johnny Wilson has been the top receiver for FSU this season.

On the defensive side of the ball, newcomers Jared Verse and Tatum Bethune enjoyed solid seasons for an FSU team that ranks in the top 25 nationally on that side of the ball. Safety Jammie Robinson was the team’s top tackler for the second year in a row.

Under third-year head coach Mike Norvell, FSU will almost assuredly finish the season ranked. The Seminoles will learn their bowl destination next week as they aim for their first 10-win season since 2016.

Football

Record: 9-3 (5-3 ACC)
Ranking: No. 16 AP; No. 16 AFCA Coaches Poll; No. 16 College Football Playoff
Past Week: (1-0), beat Florida on Friday night, 45-38
Upcoming: TBA
Recognitions: Alex Atkins, OC/OL Coach (Frank Broyles Award semifinalist)
Weekly Commitments: Brock Glenn, 4-star QB* (No. 380 overall)*
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 17 nationally, third in ACC (16 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU celebrated Senior Night with its first win over rival Florida since 2017. The Seminoles will learn their bowl destination next weekend.

Soccer

Record: 17-2-3
Ranking: No. 5 United Soccer Coaches; No. 1 NCAA Tournament
Past Week: (2-0), beat Pittsburgh in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Sunday, 3-0; beat Arkansas in NCAA Tournament Elite Eight on Saturday, 1-0
Upcoming: vs. North Carolina (Friday, College Cup)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: For the 13th time in program history, FSU soccer is bound for the College Cup. The Seminoles pitched two shutouts this week to advance.

Volleyball

Record: 19-10 (11-7 ACC)
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (1-1), beat Miami on Wednesday, 3-0; lost at Georgia Tech on Saturday, 3-0
Upcoming: TBA
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After splitting a pair of tough road matches to close the regular season, FSU will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 19 CSCAA; Women No. 24 CSCAA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: CSCAA Open Water Nationals (Dec. 18)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU will have a couple more weeks off before returning to the pool.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 1-6
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (1-2), beat Mercer on Monday, 81-72; lost to Siena on Thursday in ESPN Events Invitational, 80-63; lost to Stanford on Friday in ESPN Events Invitational, 70-60
Upcoming: vs. Nebraska (Sunday, ESPN Events Invitational); vs. Purdue (Wednesday, ACC/Big Ten Challenge); at Virginia (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 61 nationally, 10th in ACC (1 total commitment)*
Big Picture: FSU continued what could be a historically bad season with a 1-2 week. The Seminoles did pick up their first win of the season.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 7-1
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (2-1), lost to Purdue in Cancun Women’s Challenge on Thursday, 79-77; beat Purdue in Women’s Cancun Challenge on Friday, 76-75; beat Harvard in Women’s Cancun Challenge on Saturday, 88-57
Upcoming: at Wisconsin (Thursday, ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Recognitions: Ta’Niya Latson, G (ACC Player of the Week, ACC Rookie of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU bounced back from its first loss of the season with two strong wins. The Seminoles are off to a solid start.

*Rankings according to 247Sports Composite

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