- David M. Hale, College football
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For the second time in three weeks, Florida State dominated a top-10 opponent. There isn’t a team with a winning record remaining on the schedule, which means there could be some big numbers shifting the power rankings in the weeks to come. As it stands though, there was little movement from a week ago.
1. QB Jameis Winston (Previous rank: No. 1): If the worst game of Winston’s career is a 27-point win in which he throws for 325 yards, Florida State fans won’t be too concerned.
2. CB Lamarcus Joyner (2): Ho-hum, another six-tackle day for Joyner, who is second on the team with 43 for the season. Add in the fact that receivers and tight ends not named Allen Hurns -- i.e. players Joyner was on for most of the game -- caught just eight passes for 92 yards for Miami.
3. RB Devonta Freeman (6): Yes, Freeman racked up an impressive 176 yards of offense and three TDs, but here’s another area his impact was felt: Winston was 10-of-11 for 183 yards on play-action against Miami.
4. WR Rashad Greene (3): One of just six ACC receivers averaging more than 90 receiving yards per game this year.
5. LB Telvin Smith (4): Four tackles, including one for a loss, in the win over Miami.
6. DT Timmy Jerngian (5): Four tackles and he sat on a guy vs. the Hurricanes. Jernigan has been an absolute beast in the middle all season for Florida State.
7. S Terrence Brooks (7): He left early with concussion symptoms, but coach Jimbo Fisher said Brooks appeared fine in the locker room after the game. He made his impact early anyway, finishing with six tackles, including a big sack, in the early going.
9. DE Christian Jones (7): Continues to look like a strong addition in his new role coming off the edge.
10. DE Mario Edwards Jr. (NR): The biggest difference for FSU’s defensive line the past few weeks has been a healthy Edwards, who finished Saturday with four tackles, including two for a loss.
For the second time in three weeks, Florida State dominated a top-10 opponent. There isn’t a team with a winning record remaining on the schedule, which means there could be some big numbers shifting the power rankings in the weeks to come.