For a majority of FSU fans still riding a high from the week before, they saw the game as sloppy, but a win nonetheless.
To many of them, a big win over Clemson in week three all but assured that the Seminoles' were ‘back' and ready to do cartwheels in to Charlotte for the ACC Championship, and perhaps on down to Miami for the National Championship.
To an extent, there is some face validity to that. When you look on paper, there is not one team left on FSU's schedule that truly has a favorable matchup in any one facet of the game. But, after all, this is college football, and nothing is ever as it seems.
There's also the people on the other hand who still doubt the Seminoles', and that group got exactly what it wanted; a lackadaisical performance that was just a few big plays away from sending a one ton wrecking ball through the Seminoles' season.
To them, it's only a matter of time before that happens.
They too, have good reasoning to believe so. After all, USF had just come off a loss to Ball State and had no business playing with the Seminoles' if it's a legitimate top-five team. Safety Lamarcus Joyner clearly disagrees and notes that playing in the first road game is always a bit of a struggle and a reminder of just how challenging it is to win in someone else's back yard, especially after you haven't done so in nearly ten months.
"With four home games, and training here all offseason, then you go on the road and forget what it feels like to be in someone else's home," Joyner said. "I always knew that, going in to that game I said it was going to be a different experience. But, it's so hard to put it in perspective until you are in that situation." Now having a road game under their belt, the Seminoles' have had their memories refreshed a bit and know what needs to be corrected moving forward.
"Those situations can be tough, but now that's over with," Joyner said. "We got one under our belt and we can go to NC State and know what to expect and how to handle your self in different situations."