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Halftime: FSU 42 Idaho 7

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Is it possible to look sloppy and still blow a team out? Absolutely. And FSU is toeing that line so far against Idaho in the first half.

It's not that the Seminoles have looked bad -- the talent disparity between the two squads prevents that -- but there have been uncharacteristic mental errors on the 'Noles part throughout the first half. 

Make no mistake about it, FSU is dominating this game. But just beneath the surface have been tiny mistakes and mental errors that the Seminoles just have not made much this season.

Florida State took just seven plays to score on their first drive and have taken just five or six plays on each of their other four scoring drives. The offense has looked potent when it's clicking. 

Devonta Freeman has had plenty of room to run early, scoring on a 60 yarder and also ripping off a 25 yard run in the first half. James Wilder carried FSU's for a drive during the 2nd quarter and gained 85 yards and a touchdown on four carries. And Jameis Winston has been solid early on, throwing three touchdown passes on 13/23 passes for 204 yards.

But the mistakes were also there. On the second snap of the game the Seminoles blew a blitz pick-up resulting in a sack. Several possesions later a blown protection lead to fumble when Winston was hit attempting a pass. Even the receivers have looked a bit off at times, with Kelvin Benjamin dropping a wide-open touchdown pass that hit him in the hands.

Defensively the Seminoles have had a few mix-ups in coverage that Idaho was unable to exploit as well as some poor tackling that the Vandals were able to take advantage of. Dezmon Epps -- the Vandals leading receiver -- has been particularly elusive. On two separate occasions a Seminole defender has blasted him but failed to wrap up, resulting in a big run after the catch. 

They also gave up a 10 play, 63 yard touchdown drive to Idaho at the end of the second quarter.

The Seminoles have this game in hand, but at the midway point it does look as though their focus and poise have strained a little bit this week. 

Given the circumstances that's understandable. But it is something to keep an eye on moving forward.

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: Jameis Winston (13/23, 204, 3TD)
Rushing: Devonta Freeman (9-105, TD)
Receiving: Kenny Shaw (5-107, 2 TD)

 

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