Florida State lost one of its best offensive leaders and players in RB Chris Thompson, and sophomores James Wilder Jr., and Devonta Freeman will be looked at to replace him.
Florida State found itself in a familiar place -- struggling with penalties and a hostile environment, but used lessons learned in the NC State loss to survive in South Florida.
The FSU-Miami rivalry has lost some of its luster, but don't tell that to the Seminoles from South Florida.
Senior DE Bjoern Werner implored the defense to put the NC State loss in the rearview mirror, and he led by exampl against Bsoton College.
FSU running back Devonta Freeman lost a cousin he called his brother just a couple of weeks ago, but he knows his cousin would want him to push through.
A year ago, Chris Thompson was lost for the season with an injury suffered against Wake Forest. Against the Deacons this season, he had a career day.
The memory of FSU's loss last year to Wake Forest, a moment of realization that the season was utterly lost, has motivated the Seminoles defense to come together and play like no single player should have to be a hero.