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FSU in much better shape than they were in 2011

Florida State is a completely different team in 2012, compared to how they were playing this time last year.

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Last year at this time, the Florida St. Seminoles were 2-2 and struggling to once again live up to their preseason hype, when many of the major publications had the Seminoles in their top-10. The Seminoles had issues all over the board from player injuries, which included their starting and backup quarterback, to being unable to move the ball on the ground.

Those problems led to a pair of close losses to Oklahoma and Clemson, and the season went into a tailspin when they lost to Wake Forest the following week.

Fast forward to 2012, and the Seminoles are, at the moment, sitting pretty and being proclaimed by most to be back. Florida State is now fresh off of a come-from-behind 49-37 win over fellow ACC member Clemson who was ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll at the time.

Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher uttered the phrase, "what a difference a year makes," a few weeks ago. That reference could mean a lot of things, ranging from Florida State's 4-0 start and being placed in the top five of the polls.

The comment was actually referring to running back Chris Thompson, who is back playing football just 11 months removed from breaking a vertebra in his back. Thompson had 197 yards in Florida State's 52-0 win over Wake Forest -- the same team against which he broke his vertebra last year -- and against Clemson he pounded out 103 yards and two touchdowns.

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