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Florida State At Their Best In Close Games

Florida State has an incredible record in one score games under Jimbo Fisher.

Florida State has made their living by playing close games over the past two years. Since Fisher took over the Seminoles are 16-6 in games decided by one score or less. They have won 12 straight since their 4-6 start while coach Fisher turned the program around. Florida State has won 9 of those games since the start of the 2014 season. 

Florida State defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample, who has been in the program for five years, says that the way the team practices is what makes them so good in these types of games. 

"Probably coaching and practice," Lawrence-Stample said. "We practice really hard, and we practice down to the last second. When you think practice is going to be over, it’s not. It’s always fired up and live. We practice like that year round with fourth quarter, spring ball, and all that stuff."

The last time that Florida State lost a one score game came in 2012 against NC State. The Seminoles jumped out to a 16-0 lead at the half, but coasted through the second half and fell 17-16. One of the major issues during that game was Fisher not being able to delgate enough to his coaching staff. At the end of the 2012 season the Seminoles had multiple coaching changes, and Fisher brought in a more coaching focused staff. 

That change could be the reason for the Seminoles being so successful in close games. The current Florida State coaching staff has a combined 251 years experience between them. They've seen it all and don't panic under pressure. 

Florida State can't keep this streak up forever. They will lose a close game at some point, but it's still an incredible part of the run the Seminoles have been on for the last three years. 


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