Listen Now! Mike Norvell got his signature win. Can FSU keep it up for rest of the season?

Tim Walters
Tallahassee Democrat
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Prior to Sunday night, Mike Norvell didn't really have a big win to hang his hat on. 

The Seminoles' 31-28 victory over Miami in 2021 was certainly a big moment, but the Hurricanes weren't ranked and the win didn't really change the perception about the Seminoles as a team.

Besides, Florida State started last season 0-4 and finished 5-7.

Sunday's 24-23 win over LSU in New Orleans, though, is Norvell's first signature victory. One he certainly owes to Shyheim Brown and the entire special teams unit.

Brown blocked the extra point attempt as time expired to preserve the Seminoles' victory.

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The extra point kick by LSU place kicker Damian Ramos (34) is blocked by Florida State defensive back Shyheim Brown (38) during the second half of an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

So, what does the victory mean for the Seminoles, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2016?

Are they ready to return to the top of the ACC, or is there still a lot of improvement to make?

And could they be set up for a letdown against Louisville next week?

To help sort all of this out, I break down the Seminoles with Carter Karels, the Seminoles beat writer for the Tallahassee Democrat.

Carter will discuss the improvements the team has made in all three facets of the game.

The defense was dominant for most of the game against LSU.

As mentioned earlier, special teams saved the day — not only with Brown's extra point block, but with Jared Verse's block of a field goal try in the first half.

And quarterback Jordan Travis was a star, not just with his legs, but through the air. His favorite target — Ontaria Wilson, who had seven catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

"(Travis) probably only made three bad decisions all game and where he really impressed was on third down and in the middle of the field," Carter said during the podcast. "I charted what he did on the middle of the field. He was 8-for-9 for 138 yards and a touchdown when throwing over the middle. So highly effective and that was an area of of his game he needed to improve. He really looked the part in that regard."

If Florida State can survive its next two opponents in Louisville and Boston College to start 4-0, even bigger challenges await.

Three ranked opponents in a row include No. 23 Wake Forest, No. 18 NC State and No. 5 Clemson, with each game getting tougher in that gauntlet.

We'll find out how Carter thinks the Seminoles will fare.

I'll also quiz Carter with five trivia questions about the Seminoles that all good FSU fans should know.

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