No. 9 Florida State (6-1, 4-1) went down 22-16 to an unranked Georgia Tech (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday night highlighted by Roberto Aguayo’s 56-yard field goal attempt being blocked by Tech’s Lance Austin and returning it for a touchdown.
With the loss, Florida State falls to No. 17 in the AP Poll, with several counting the ‘Noles out of both the ACC Title race and a College Football Playoff bid. The latter might be true, given that Georgia Tech was 0-4 in ACC play heading into Saturday night’s game against the ‘Noles.
“Sometimes you worry about winning too much. It’s not about winning. It’s about the process of playing, and playing well and being the best you can be. Sometimes you get caught up in winning, and I thought we did that a little bit tonight. We were so worried about winning, we forgot to play.” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said postgame.
However, the ‘Noles can still easily set out what they wanted to accomplish at the start of the 2015 season — win an ACC Title. With the loss the Georgia Tech, it drops their overall ACC record to 4-1, but inside the Atlantic division with Tech being in the Coastal the ‘Noles are still in good shape.
They already best Louisville last week, who’s holding the third spot in the ACC Atlantic standings. They still have Syracuse and NC State on their schedule, but neither of these teams have looked impressive this season, especially given the fact that these two are towards the bottom half of the ACC standings anyway.
The one seemingly largest hurdle that remains in front of them is an undefeated, No. 3 ranked Clemson, who especially after thrashing Miami 58-0 on Saturday looks to be one of the most dangerous teams in the entire country on both offense and defense.
But keep in mind Florida State beat a very similar Clemson team a year ago — and even without quarterback Jameis Winston under center. Yes, this Seminole team is a lot different than it was last year, and there are a number of new issues that the staff has to correct with this group. But don’t count out the ‘Noles just yet with one loss. If you don’t want to take my word for it, take Fisher’s.
“We lost one game. They sky’s not fallen. We failed tonight, we didn’t play well. Im not proud of the way — my fault, it starts with me. Sunday, Monday we’ll correct those mistakes and we’ll get ready to Syracuse next week.” Fisher said.