ESPN analyst shares 'red flag' with this Florida State team
ESPN’s Bill Connelly updated his weekly ranking of college football’s undefeated teams on Tuesday.
Connelly, the architect of ESPN’s SP+ model, moved the Noles up to No. 4 in the country this week. However, he noted a potentially-significant red flag Florida State has within its profile: slow starts.
Florida State trailed at the half in all three of its ranked wins so far this season vs. LSU, Clemson and Duke. The Noles were able to rally after the break to win each of those games, but Connelly is concerned about what the slow starts could mean for FSU later in the season.
Here’s an excerpt of his analysis:
SP+ has been an FSU skeptic all season — the Noles are still only 11th overall — and while their late surges mean they typically exceed projections, the fact that they give themselves late work to do remains a red flag. Title teams tend to be the ones that look the part before they absolutely have to.
Florida State still has some tough games remaining on its schedule. The Noles will face Miami and Florida during the month of November, with the latter contest taking place in Gainesville.
FSU would also be wise to not overlook Wake Forest, who is coming off of a victory and has won three straight games in this series. The Noles will get a chance to start fast vs. the Demon Deacons at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.