How much did FSU football exceed expectations in 2022?

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Florida State Seminoles football efficiently wrapped up its most profitable run in six seasons in the final month of December, taking down the Oklahoma Sooners to win the Cheez-It Bowl and safe a 10-win yr for the primary time since 2016.

FSU (10-3, 5-3 ACC) closed out the yr as one of many hottest groups in the nation, placing collectively an offense that ranked seventh nationally in yards per play (6.96) and tenth in yards per recreation (484.2).

With the mud settled and a spotlight turned totally in direction of 2023, we wished to take a while to gauge how followers felt concerning the 2022 season.

The outcomes are in — and earlier than we dive into the solutions, credit score is because of RobertKerr, who requested ChatGPT (an AI-chat program) some questions on 2022 Florida State that gave some eerily reasonable solutions.

(Sprinkling in just a few phrases like ‘alternatives’ and ‘tradition’ would’ve bought it fully.)

fake to be a university football head coach. you have got had a tremendous yr exceeding expectations. your workforce completed the yr ranked #11. clarify how you are feeling in ‘coachspeak’ language.

“I’m extraordinarily pleased with my workforce and the best way they competed all season lengthy. We confronted some powerful challenges and adversity, however these younger males by no means wavered in their dedication to one another and to the workforce. They labored arduous, believed in themselves and one another, and left all the things on the sphere. The finish consequence was a season that exceeded all expectations and a remaining rating of #11. I could not be extra pleased with them. But we all know there’s nonetheless work to be carried out, we’re not happy and we’re gonna work even more durable to attain our aim subsequent season.”

you have got owned the switch portal and introduced in nice new expertise to supply an instantaneous impression on 2023. inform us how you are feeling about subsequent yr’s possibilities.

“I’m thrilled with the brand new additions to our workforce. We scoured the switch portal and recognized gamers that we felt would come in and make an instantaneous impression. These younger males have a wealth of expertise and expertise, and so they’ve already meshed nicely with the returning gamers. We’ve been working arduous in the low season and the workforce has an excellent angle, nice chemistry, and a powerful work ethic. We’re trying ahead to subsequent season and have excessive expectations. We know it is not going to be simple, however we imagine in ourselves and we’ll put in the work mandatory to attain our objectives.”

How much did FSU exceed your expectations?

  • Extremely: 79%
  • A bit of: 19%
  • Not in any respect: 2%

Our take:

The 2021 and 2022 groups have been night time and day in phrases of measurement and improvement at vital positions. The Seminoles did all the things anticipated and extra. From watching them observe twice every week and watching them on recreation day, you may inform the quantity of labor they have been placing in was paying off. The solely factor to do subsequent is to maintain their foot on the fuel and put together for a big 2023 season.

Your take:

954: So this workforce far exceeded my expectations, I hoped for 8/9 wins, and that got here from essentially the most optimistic lens I might look by.

Nolessince05: For me I mentioned fsu exceeded my expectations just a little bit. I noticed FSU profitable 8-9 video games this yr and I all the time noticed their resilience. But, I believed it was extra of a pipe dream.

FirstZman: Extremely, trigger no person anticipated them to do in addition to they did. Very pleased with the 2022 workforce!

BuffaN0le: I truthfully thought 10 wins could be unimaginable going into the season. I want the hype machine was just a little extra modest, that is my solely grievance.

mgl_08: I’ve wrestled the previous few years about whether or not to surrender the season tickets that the household has had for over 30 years. Came very near doing it. And then 2022 got here alongside, and going to video games was thrilling slightly than an obligation. Great season. Hope they preserve climbing in 2023.

Should FSU have been ranked greater in the ultimate AP ballot?

  • No, Ranked Correctly (No. 11): 61%
  • Should be Top 10: 37%
  • No, Ranked Lower: 2%

Our take:

It’s just a little off, and they need to be ranked at 10. The stress concerned in beating a 6-6 Sooners workforce would possibly’ve knocked them out of an eight or 9 end. Had they gained that recreation extra convincingly, we would be a possible top-5 matchup heading into the LSU recreation this season, though that’s nonetheless a chance. How the incoming expertise prepares in the low season and progresses all through spring and fall camp will give us a greater perspective on what to anticipate in 2023.

Your take:

Gryfer: Ranked too low. Should have been high 10.

GolferNole456: I believe we’re ranked appropriately. Maybe we might flip with Utah, however that is only a 1 spot swing. It’s not like we’re ranked eleventh however must be ranked sixth or seventh.

What was essentially the most important win for FSU in 2022?

Our take:

Just examine all of them. You might in all probability write a paragraph on the significance of every of these wins, however kicking off the season in opposition to LSU on the highway and profitable in such a dramatic vogue confirmed everybody that they’re able to taking the sphere in opposition to any opponent and strolling out with a win. The Times-Picayune newspaper had HEARTBREAK and BLOCKED as two completely different headlines the next morning.

Running the state of Florida was enormous for recruiting, and the bowl recreation was additionally an thrilling win that set a normal for the Mike Norvell period and this football workforce.

Your take:

rhodianblue: I believe LSU though it was the first recreation. We gained and had an excellent season that exceeded expectations. Had we misplaced that recreation (be aware: going into OT the momentum was clearly on the house workforce facet) might you see FSU attaining a greater report, and taking part in a greater recreation? Losing that recreation, in that vogue, would have been devastating for the workforce. I perceive that profitable in Louisville with Tate Rodemaker, beating UM at Doak South, overpowering UF after a troublesome rivalry battle, and ending the yr robust in opposition to Oklahoma are essential wins however the victory at LSU for me was essentially the most important.

fsukw: Beating UF was for fist bumping, bragging and recruiting. They stunk in 2022 so beating them was completely not essentially the most important win of the season to me.

Beating LSU proved we are able to win large, on a National stage and in opposition to the SEC West champs because it seems. Beating UF proved we have been the perfect in the horrible state of FL football panorama.

UNSeaNathan: Miami… however I’m already having second ideas and I am unable to change it. I put them as a result of it was the primary time in the season it felt like I used to be watching the FSU groups I grew up with. But after extra thought I believe the Louisville recreation was essentially the most important. An away recreation with fairly much all of our “cannot get damage” guys getting damage and nonetheless leaving with the win was extra important.

Where ought to FSU be ranked to begin 2023?

  • Top 10: 66%
  • Top 15: 24%
  • Top 5: 9%
  • Top 25: 1%

Our take:

8-10 could be a very good begin. Looking on the returning expertise and incoming transfers, FSU may have a really stable workforce. As Jahnole mentioned, a top-10 showdown to begin the season will likely be in everybody’s greatest curiosity, and rightfully so. The Seminoles earned each little bit of the highlight they will and can get to showcase their efforts but once more on a nationwide stage to begin the season.

Your take:

Fleenol: For subsequent yr, I believe someplace between 4-8 must be anticipated with what we completed, what we’re returning, and what we have added. Schedule is not as powerful as this years was. It’s no UGA schedule in phrases of softness, however it’s nonetheless just a little softer than this years in my opinion.

Jahnole78: I believe 10-15 is an efficient start line subsequent yr. Lots of expertise. Decent schedule. LSU and FSU will possible be a high 10 showdown for the espn hype machine.

Unconquered_09: I believe high 10 is about proper to begin subsequent season. I do know a number of the manner too early polls have us across the high 5, however I believe that is truthfully too excessive to begin. Give us high 10 and allow us to work our manner as much as high 4 if we are able to.

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