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29-1: Looking Back, Looking Forward

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap FSU’s 59-20 loss to Oregon in the College Football Playoffs.

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Missed opportunities early followed by a plethora of turnovers in the 3rd quarter ultimately led to the Noles 29 game winning streak coming to an abrupt end. What did we learn? What changes need to be made?

We also look back at the 29 game winning streak starting with the state of the program following a home loss to Florida and an uninspiring Orange Bowl victory over Northern Illinois to where it stands now: poised to be in the National Title hunt for the foreseeable future.

Finally, we talk about the future of the program with the arrival of several early-enrollee recruits who make up “Tribe15”; FSU’s talented 2015 recruiting class.

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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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Noles Seek Third Straight ACC Title, Spot In College Football Playoffs

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 24 – 19 victory over Florida.

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A week after playing his best game of the season, Jameis Winston played the worst game of his career. He completed 12 of 24 passes for a career low 125 yards and a career high 4 interceptions. However, Winston’s two 2nd quarter touchdown passes to Nick O’Leary capped a 21 point rally to overcome a 9 point deficit.

That rally started with Terrence Smith’s 94 yard pick-six following Jameis’ third interception in the 1st quarter. The defense played an excellent overall game by holding the Gators to 282 total yards and only 113 rushing yards. The most important stats of the game were the defense forcing the Gators to kick 2 field goals on 3 redzone attempts and only allowing Florida to score 6 points off of Jameis’ 4 interceptions

After another 12-0 regular season, Georgia Tech is all that stands between FSU, a 3rd consecutive ACC title and birth in the College Football Playoffs.

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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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Noles Win 5th Straight Vs. Miami; Captures Atlantic Division Title

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 30 – 26 victory over Miami.

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Another slow start, another double digit deficit, another set of halftime adjustments, another comeback, another victory. With that victory, the Noles captured their third straight ACC Atlantic Division title.

After falling behind 16-0 and trailing 23-7 at halftime, FSU outscored Miami 23-3 in the 2nd half to win their 26th straight game and their 5th straight over the Canes.

Offensively, Jameis Winston threw for over 300 yards and completed passes to 10 different receivers but the offensive MVP was Dalvin Cook who rushed for 92 yards and 2 TDs.

Defensively, Jalen Ramsey was the star of the night. In addition to the game clinching interception, the sophomore DB also tallied 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 pass breakups and a forced fumble

With their win and Mississippi State’s loss, FSU reclaimed the top spot in both the coaches and AP poll. We’ll see if the CFB Playoff Selection Committee agrees on Tuesday night.

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Noles Win 25th Straight – Hurricane Week Is Here

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 34-20 victory over Virginia.

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Despite dropped passes, interceptions and an early deficit, the game was never in doubt.  However, FSU’s performance was far from awe inspiring.  The Noles had several chances to put the game out of reach but failed to do so each time.

Next, the Noles will try to win their 5th straight game against Miami.  This year’s 6-3 team is better than the 7-0 team that came to Doak and lost 41-14 last season.  Containing Duke Johnson and Clive Walford is paramount.  Offensively, the FSU must remain balanced and take some deep shots to keep the Canes’ head hunting safeties honest.

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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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Winning Streak In Jeopardy At Louisville?

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview Thursday’s game against Louisville.

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The bye week came at a perfect time but the Noles are still banged up as they prepare to face the toughest defense they’ve played so far this season. Offensively, the Cardinals have gotten some key components healthy and now have more than enough weapons to present problems for the Noles defense.

Off the field, Karlos Williams is being investigated for domestic battery and his status for Thursday’s game is unknown. With Mario Pender expected to be out, losing Karlos would be a major blow to the offense. If FSU is going to win the game, Jameis Winston will once again have to prove that he’s the best player in college football.

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