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FSU vs. Oregon Preview

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai preview FSU’s Rose Bowl matchup against Oregon in the semifinals of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

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The game is being billed as battle of Heisman Trophy winners: Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota. However, a pair of freshmen running backs will be a major factor in determining the winner of the game. For FSU, Dalvin Cook’s emergence has provided the Seminoles with a balanced attack that they lacked early in the season. Royce Freeman is Oregon’s feature back and has rushed for over 1,200 yards this season.

Defensively, both teams face major challenges. How will FSU deal with the Duck’s tempo? How will Oregon account for the loss of their best defender, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Off the field we also discuss Jimbo Fisher’s new 8 year contract and the results of Jameis Winston’s code of conduct hearing.

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Noles Win 3rd Straight ACC Title, Secure Playoff Spot

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 37-35 victory over Georgia Tech.

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After going 3 & out on their first drive, the offense scored on the next 7 drives to keep pace with the Yellow Jackets.  Jameis Winston threw for 309 yards, 3TDs and no interceptions but the star of the night was Dalvin Cook.  The freshman running back had a career high 31 carries for 177 yards and a touchdown.  Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary were dependable as always combining for 10 catches, 220 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Despite struggling most of the night, the defense was able to get just enough stops to get the ball back to the offense.  Injuries to Eddie Goldman, Matthew Thomas and Ronald Darby made the task more difficult but as they’ve done all season, they made plays when they had to.

With the victory the Noles won their 3rd consecutive ACC Title and secured their spot in the inaugural College Football Playoffs where they’ll face the Oregon Ducks.

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Sloppy Field, Sloppy Play, Still Undefeated

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 20 – 17 victory over Boston College.

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The field was sloppy and the play was sloppy at times but FSU still found a way to remain undefeated thanks to Roberto Aguayo’s game winning field goal.

Despite the stats and weather conditions, Jameis Winston played his best game of the season. His passes were accurate, on time and he constantly checked the offense into the right play. Unfortunately, his receivers dropped at least 5 passes including one that resulted in an interception.

In addition, those dropped passes prevented FSU from gaining a 2 possession lead which would’ve helped the defense by forcing Boston College to pass the ball more; something they aren’t comfortable or very good at doing. Instead, the Eagles were able to shorten the game by running 51 times against the Noles struggling rush defense.

Expect to see the Florida Gators use a similar gameplan as they attempt to spoil FSU’s National Championship aspirations in Will Muschamp’s final game as their head coach.

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Bruised, Battered & Scarred But Hard

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 42-31 victory over Louisville.

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Mounting injuries, another off the field distraction, Thursday night woes, 3 interceptions by Jameis Winston, a missed field goal by Roberto Aguayo and a 21 point deficit wasn’t enough to stop FSU from winning their 24th straight game.

True Freshmen Dalvin Cook, Travis Rudolph and Ermon Lane accounted for 4 of the 5 second half touchdowns scored by the Seminoles. Jameis Winston countered the 3 interceptions by throwing for 401 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The undermanned defense gave up some chunk plays but also came up with key stops in crucial moments to get the ball back to the offense. Reggie Northrup led the defense with 12 total tackles and the game clinching interception.

Next week, FSU returns home to face Virginia.

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Still Standing

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles thrilling 31-27 victory over Notre Dame.

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After a bad first half which included the worst decision and throw of his career, Jameis Winston went 15-16, 181 yards and a TD in the second half to lead the Noles to victory. Rashad Green had 8 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. Travis Rudolph had a breakout performance with 6 catches, 80 yards and a touchdown. The running game struggled all night but Karlos Williams was able to score 2 touchdowns in goalline situations.

Miscommunication in the secondary and subpar play from the backup defensive tackles plagued the defense all night as they gave up 470 yards of offense to the Fighting Irish. As expected, we saw Charles Kelly dial up a lot more pressure which resulted in some big plays for Notre Dame but also resulted in turnovers and key stops for the FSU defense.

Despite another week of distractions and trailing 5 different times during the game, the Noles once again put their championship resolve on full display and remain undefeated. That means despite the polls and narrative, FSU controls their own destiny to the College Football Playoffs.

Noles Dominate Demon Deacons

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 43-3 victory over Wake Forest.

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Even with a 40 point win, FSU has yet to put together a complete game this season. Turnovers on the first 2 drives and erratic play by Jameis Winston prevented the offense from finding any kind of rhythm.

Defensively, the Noles dominated one of the worst offenses in the FBS. Nevertheless, there was plenty to take away from the game. Lorenzo Featherson’s emergence has allowed Charles Kelly to feel comfortable playing Mario Edwards, Jr. inside next to Eddie Goldman. Markus Eligwe’s return provides depth at both linebacker and rush end.

Injuries and missed time are beginning to add up for this team: Austin Barron is out indefinitely with a broken hand and Rashad Greene was forced to leave the game early with a concussion.

Despite it all, FSU is still undefeated and still control their own destiny to the College Football Playoff.

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2014 Clemson Preview

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview Saturday’s showdown against Clemson.

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For the 3rd straight year, ESPN’s College Gameday will be onsite for the FSU vs. Clemson game. With Clemson’s loss to Georgia, this game doesn’t have the hype of the last 2 meetings but make no mistake about it, this game is just as important to FSU. Lose this game and the Seminoles likely don’t win their 3rd straight ACC Title. Lose this game and chances of making the College Football Playoff take a major hit.

Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are gone but Chad Morris still has more than enough weapons to make his offense deadly. Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson will both get time at quarterback. Adam Choice and Wayne Gallman provide a nice ½ punch at running back. The Tigers’ offense also have compliment of receivers that can give the Seminoles’ secondary trouble.

When FSU has the ball the matchup to watch will be FSU’s senior laden offensive line vs. Clemson’s senior laden defensive line. In the running game, look for Jimbo Fisher to attack the perimeter of the Tigers’ defense as they’ve struggled to set the edge with their front and their linebackers have struggled playing in space. We don’t expect Jameis Winston to throw for over 400 yards again but we do expect a big day from the offense.

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Noles Defeat Citadel, Turn Focus To Clemson

In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 37-12 victory over the Citadel.

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Despite the vanilla gameplan, execution was at a high level and the first 4 offensive possessions resulted in 4 touchdowns and a 28-0 halftime lead.

Defensively, losing 3 defensive tackles to injury is the biggest storyline. The extent of their injuries isn’t known yet.

This year’s team has yet to put a complete game together and many fans are questioning their legitimacy as the #1 team in the nation.

The bottom line is after 2 games we don’t know what we have with the 2014 Seminoles and depending on your perspective, that’s either a reason to be excited or a reason to be worried.

The picture will become a lot clearer in two weeks when Clemson comes to town.

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Noles Survive Reality Check From OKState

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap FSU’s 37-31 victory over Oklahoma State.

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Some will look at last night’s performance as evidence that the 2014 Seminoles lack the hunger and leadership that propelled the program to a National Title last season. Some will look at last night’s performance as evidence that FSU doesn’t have a viable #2 receiver to line up opposite of Rashad Greene. Some will look at last night’s performance as evidence that FSU doesn’t have anyone to fill the void left by Timmy Jerningan’s departure. Finally, some will look at last night’s performance as the reality check that this team needed fully cure their championship hangover.

Despite throwing for 370 yards and accounting for 2 touchdowns, it was a below average performance for Jameis Winston thanks to two costly interceptions. The offensive line struggled to create running lanes for the backs and the receivers not named Rashad Greene struggled to consistently get open.

Despite the sub-par performance in all 3 phases, we still think last night will prove to be a blessing in disguise.

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