Seems Florida State has someone beating the war drum for them, and it is not Chief Osceola. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel has gone on the war path for FSU twice this week. First, he gives a Lane Kiffin moral victory to Jimbo Fisher for signing James Wilder Jr. this past week. Next comes the headline that replacing Bowden is going to be harder that replacing Tebow.
Lets take a look at the moral victory for Fisher. While James Wilder is one heck of an athlete, he is not going to make or break a program or be the sole player to turn the Seminoles’ ship around. Reports were that Florida recruited him to play linebacker, but he wanted to play a running back. That is not “Translation: Gator fans are worried.” That is just the fact. The Gators have yet to have a true blue chip running back in the Urban Meyer era and have been just fine.
While this is a great “Kiffin victory” to give Jimbo, the fact is Florida State has lost the last six games to the Gators, with the last three meetings anything but close contests. Gator fans have seen great recruiting classing from FSU this past decade. Take a look at the class of 2006 where Rivals.com had Florida #2 and FSU #3, and who got the best of that on the field? Put all the preseason headline grabbers out there you can, and paper victories before they play since once they take the field these victories seem harder to come by against Coach Meyer.
As for the head line of Replacing Tim Tebow is easier than replacing Bobby Bowden, how is this even fair? How could replacing the only face a program has over the past 34 years be easier that replacing a 3 year starting QB? That is like saying replacing Charlie Ward is easier than replacing Steve Spurrier. Florida State got Danny Kanell out of that deal, while we Gator fans got Ron Zook. So, sorry Jimbo, if history repeats itself things don’t look too good for you.
I guess somebody has to bring some life back into this rivalry, and for that I say thanks to Mike Bianchi. You have helped turn Jimbo into the 2010 version of Lane Kiffin, and I only can hope the sequel is as entertaining as as the original. Bama has Paul Finebaum and now FSU gets Mike Bianchi.
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