With that said, FSU would start out strong, then blow it against a team that was/is/and will never be a national contender. It was time for Bobby to retire, I dont like the way they forced him out, but well, it was a much needed re-start for the program. Hell, I had read somewhere that he pretty much let his coordinators do all the playcalling and made only the major decisions in games (i.e. going for it on 4th down, going for 2, etc.). He had the liberty of course to change/do anything he wanted, but as a die-hard fan and anyone that watched our games could see that he didnt even have his headset on during the games most of the time.
Are my Noles back to complete and utter domination and a contender in and out every year? That question is left to be answered, but they are on the right track. And once they start the 4 game playoff for the national championship, that will tell a lot too. There were a few years I remember getting knocked out of the top 4-5, dropping to 11-12th in ranking, only to climb our way back up to the top 4-5 and it was pointless cause they wouldnt be playing in the championship game due to the one loss.
I also might ask you what was so convincing right now about any of the top 3 teams. Bama beat Michigan, who I think was over-rated in pre-season rank at #8 anyhow, but that was their only quality win. The Ducks? Give me a break, they havent played a top 10 team this season. LSU? Pa-leaaaase, the most over-rated team in the top 3. They havent played any ranked opponents, squeeked by Auburn and struggled against Towson. The Noles beat the #10 team in the nation and put up 49 points in doing so and with that said, if we didnt miss two FGs and kicked one in the last series, we would have put up 58 points on a top 10 team.
Right now, Id say Bama/FSU for the championship would be a great game. The reason the Noles should be in contender talk is because they "didn't blow it" in a trap game coming off a big win like they did in the past.