Loser: Florida State Seminoles (No. 19 to unranked)
Could Willie Taggart’s debut have gone any worse? It’s possible, but getting dismantled by Virginia Tech at home is something fans probably didn’t expect to see and the coach even said he had no idea his team would struggle on offense and with sloppy overall play that much.
Sometimes you just need to burn the game film and move on.
Taggart’s team has gone from No. 19 to unranked, and that’s OK — for now. This could be the wake-up call the team needed to get back in gear and realize that it’s an uber-talented squad with high expectations. Another loss like this in ACC play and the title hopes are crushed.
Deondre Francois and the offense just couldn’t get going against the Hokies as the quarterback’s first game since the 2017 opener was rough. He had almost 200 yards through the air in the first half but the second half was much more concerning as he finished with just 233 total and three interceptions.
Cam Akers had 14 carries for 82 yards which may not seem terrible, but he had an 85-yard run in the second half to make those numbers exist. Yes, that means he would have had 13 carries for -3 yards on the day.
Rough start for Taggart and the Seminoles as they’ll be fighting to get back into the rankings next week.