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The Florida State Seminoles defeated South Florida Saturday, but don't get too carried away about it.
The Florida State Seminoles clearly outmatched South Florida in Saturday's 30-17 victory, but the Seminoles didn't beat the Bulls down as badly as they could have. FSU started the game in man coverage, and USF found some success on offense.
But once the 'noles set up in zone coverage, everything was covered and the Bulls had few answers to contend with FSU.
Still, SB Nation's Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation says fans shouldn't necessarily feel great about Saturday's performance, rather just take the win and be happy with it.
Here's Bud Elliot with some insight on the offensive line giving up penetration, even in a game which saw more than 200 yards for FSU on the ground:
Florida State rushed for 203 yards on 38 carries (removing the two sacks which the NCAA counts as rushing plays for some unknown reason). That is pretty good. But, it also lost 26 yards in reaching that number, which is too much. Some of that was due to penetration given up by the offensive line, and some of that is due to missed zone reads by the QB, giving the ball when he needs to keep it. Both items must be cleaned up, and at least one should improve as the season goes on.