FSU vs Miami 2013: three things we learned, from Jameis Winston to Duke Johnson to bounties
Florida State University buried the University of Miami last night in a nationally televised matchup which revealed where both once-proud and since-faded programs are in 2013: FSU has rebounded so thoroughly that it’s a national championship competitor this season, and not just because Jameis Winston is its quarterback. Miami has rebounded enough to be back in the national conversation, but is still a step or two away from the championship conversation. Here are three things we learned specifically about last night’s game and its aftermath:
Jameis Winston: The true freshman FSU quarterback is mortal after all, as revealed by an ugly interception bug in the first half which kept Miami in the game longer than it rightfully should have been. But he also revealed that he’s able to rebound from adversity quickly, as he looked sharp enough in the second half to put UM out of its misery. It’s not yet clear whether last night’s game helps or hurts Winston’s Heisman chances this year against Johnny Manziel and others, but it does make more clear than ever that Winston isn’t the type to stay rattled.
Duke Johnson: his injury last night looked like the ugliest thing to happen to a University of Miami player since Willis McGahee went down in that infamous bowl game years ago. Will Miami go in the tank with their national championship hopes reeling and without their best player, or will they rebound and win the rest of their relatively easy games so they can get another crack at FSU in the ACC title game? That’ll reveal a lot about how much forward momentum head coach Al Golden has instilled into this UM program.
Bounties: Dan Sileo, the fifty year old Miami Hurricanes legend who’s now a sports talk radio host in the area, declared today that he’s placing a thousand dollar bounty on the FSU player who made the “U” sign in last night’s game. Whether he was joking or not isn’t clear. But it shows just how much bitterness still remains among old school UM players and longtime fans over the fact that their program has been in the tank for a decade. This season’s resurgence hasn’t yet been enough to smooth over those hard feelings, apparently.