(2) Florida State Narrowly Defeats (5) Notre Dame, 31-27

In one of the most thrilling games of the season thus far, No. 2 Florida State defeated No. 5 Notre Dame, 31-27.

As expected, two of the nation’s best quarterbacks lived up to the hype. Both Jameis Winston and Everett Golson proved they are two of the best in the country at their position.

The Fighting Irish thought they had upset the Seminoles when quarterback Everett Golson completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Corey Robinson with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter. A questionable offensive pass interference call was made against Notre Dame, negating the game-winning touchdown and pushed the Irish back 15-yards. The Irish had one more opportunity to win the game, but the Seminoles’ defensive line attained pressure on Golson, forcing him to throw the ball out of bounds.

Notre Dame led the Seminoles for majority of the game, and exited the field at half-time up 17-10. The loss was a tough one to swallow for the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly thought his team should have won the game.

“It was pretty clear what happened on the play: Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it. It’s unfortunate.”

While reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston gave fans a good, but not remarkable performance, we saw one of the more impressive games Everett Golson has displayed this season. The Irish outperformed Florida State in almost every statistical category despite their loss. This was Golson’s third game of the season throwing for over 300 passing yards. Winston was unimpressive during most of the first half, but came out strong when it mattered most, ultimately securing the win for his team. While Winston sped up, Notre Dame’s offense slowed down, accumulating only three points during the final 22 minutes of the game.

A College Football Playoff birth still looks good for Florida State, who remains No. 2 in the AP Poll. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish have dropped two spots to No. 7, but that doesn’t necessarily eliminate their chances of making the playoffs at the end of the regular season.

Fourteen other teams join Notre Dame in the Top-25 with only one loss, and four teams ranked in the Top-25 are still undefeated. Six weeks remain in the regular season and a lot can still change between now and then. Many teams in the Top-25 still have a shot to earn a place in the playoffs and a shot at the national championship title.

Lighting the Hughes!
Lighting the Hughes!