Shameless FSU survives at Miami, stiff arms critics again

The Seminoles don't care whether you like them. They just keep on winning

MIAMI GARDENS — Twenty-six-and-oh.

How does the Haterade taste after FSU's 30-26 win Saturday night?

Third double-digit deficit of the season? No problema.

We can go Spanish-style here because we're in South Florida, home of high-octane Cuban espresso and college football teams.

At least that was the story not so long ago, when the 'Canes buried opponents and polite decorum in a wave of camouflage fatigues, penalties and taunting in the late 1980s.

Nearly three decades later, you have to give the Florida State Seminoles props for a dazzling reenactment. Bad to the bone, baby!

They were down 23-7 at one point in the second quarter when all the momentum was in the hands of the gang wearing those cool-colored all-green uniforms and orange helmets.

But then it seemed like they did a costume change at halftime, reverting back to a program that hasn't beat the Seminole since 2009.

A big dose of Jameis Winston, an amped-up defense, and slowly, surely the 'Noles rallied. Dalvin Cook's 26-yard run gave them their first lead of the game at 30-26 with 3:05 left. Ballgame.

A jolt of espresso indeed.

It's 26-and-oh, baby!

FSU is marking its territory, undefeated, undaunted and unapologetic.

Let the rest of the world splash them with the cold Haterade and press clippings that paint a portrait of a footloose football program that embraces a renegade sideshow, along with the dazzling football plays.

A quarterback accused of sexual assault and unsubstantiated nefarious allegations of point shaving by a gambling-related website? Check.

A cornerback who left his wrecked car at the scene of a hit-and-run cited for only two traffic tickets? Check.

A running back who was under investigation for alleged domestic battery on his pregnant girlfriend? Check.

Move along anyone who wants to question the state of affairs. We have football games to win here!

The Seminoles wore the away-team white uniforms, accented with Garnet and Gold, marking a fashion fail that goes against the script.

Doesn't everyone want to label FSU the bad guys in the black?

A recent ESPN Sports-Nation poll asked fans whether they'd want their favorite team to draft Winston if it needed a quarterback. With more than 10,000 people responding across the United States, and some global votes, the answer was a resounding "no."

Winston only received a 25 percent approval rating, with 75 percent voting against him.

Let the vitriol rain down on everyone. FSU does not seem to care.

"We know everybody wants us to lose. We know we're the team that everybody hates," FSU cornerback P.J. Williams said recently. "We like the fact that everybody wants us to lose. We like the fact that every team is going to come with their A-game. So we're just going to fight hard and work hard to make sure that we win."

It's been entertaining to watch from the sidelines at times, but often more perplexing.

The Tallahassee police department and the school seem complicit partners with the boys in Garnet and Gold. They are all in, no matter what those nit-picky laws might say.

Did officer Barbrady get transferred from South Park to Tallahassee?

"Stand back, people, there's nothing to see here!"

And so it goes.

Us against Them. Whose side are you on? Be careful if you make a coherent suggestion on social media or in a publication that perhaps FSU has been a little lax on the disciple department.

Hater!

"That's how it is when you're Florida State," receiver Rashad Greene said. "We have our own family, that's what we're going to stick to. Anything outside of that doesn't really matter to us."

It's a small inner circle when you consider the territorial lines of college football. There are a lot of people who watch the game outside of Leon County, the same ones shaking their heads at the shenanigans at FSU.

All in it to win it, baby!

They are making a great run at infamy.

And perhaps another undefeated one.

gdíaz@orlandosentinel.com Read George Díaz's blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/enfuego

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