Florida State turned 10-win, nationally ranked Duke into its latest punching bag Saturday night, clinching a spot in the national title game with a 45-7 drubbing in the ACC Championship game.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe wasn’t pleased about it. The animated image of his abbreviated postgame handshake with FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher, above, is the proof.
Cutcliffe has gotten upset at FSU’s staff before, but Fisher might have finally realized over the weekend how far under the Duke coach’s skin he is. Fisher probably didn’t spend too much time worrying about the drama; His team had a trophy to accept and he was the recipient of a fresh 5-year contract extension on Saturday, too. He’ll make more than $4 million to coach in Tallahassee every year for the next half-decade.
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Again, it’s a little surprising to see Cutcliffe so salty toward Fisher and Florida State. Did he really expect to beat the Seminoles in that game? The Devils played a very, very nice game, and they’ll give Texas A&M a good run in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. But Duke was worn down quickly as most thought would happen, and the rout was on in the second half.
Perhaps he expected his defense to hold the Seminoles down, since Duke had three times as many first-team All-ACC guys on defense. Seriously – the ACC media voted three Duke players to that list last week, and only put one FSU defender on the first team, despite the ‘Noles being ranked No. 2 in the nation on defense.
I’ve said this in multiple past blogs, but I’m very proud of the way FSU has overachieved this year. When Vegas released FSU’s prediction of 10.5 wins this season, I suggested bettors should wager their mortgage on the under.
If you took my advice, you’re probably as angry at me as Cutcliffe was with Fisher on Saturday night.
“I hope whoever plays them in the national championship (game) is ready to play them because the completeness of that team is pretty unbelievable.” – Duke tight end Braxton Deaver
FSU beat its four ranked opponents (ranked before Florida State drilled them) by a combined score of 200-35. #Noles
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