Final: Florida State 21, Florida 7
November, 26, 2011
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com
Defense wins championships -- and that includes state championships, too.
Florida State didn't win the Atlantic Division, and it wasn't quite the national title contender some had expected it to be, but when it came down to beating the in-state rivals, the Seminoles were 2-0 this year against Miami and Florida, and it won both games with defense. FSU beat the Gators with only 92 total yards of offense, but Florida had four turnovers and FSU's Devonta Freeman scored twice off of two of them. The Noles also got an interception return for a touchdown.
Neither of these programs is where it wants to be right now, and that was clear in this game, but FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has a head start on his friend and rival Will Muschamp, and that was evident tonight. Both teams were woefully inept, but the Noles' ability to create turnovers was the difference. FSU finished the regular season by winning six of its final seven games, but the Noles are going to have to find some offense between now and the bowl game. The Champs Sports Bowl still seems like the most likely destination for FSU, but if the Noles want to actually win it, odds are it's going to take more than 92 yards of total offense.
On a day in which the ACC continuously tripped up against the SEC, though, the ACC will take this one any way it can get it.