Florida State University

FSU recaptures top spot in coaches poll, No. 1 in AP

Florida State's Mario Pender runs past Wake Forest's Hunter Williams on his way to a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday Oct. 4, 2014 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won the game 43-3.
Florida State's Mario Pender runs past Wake Forest's Hunter Williams on his way to a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday Oct. 4, 2014 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won the game 43-3. AP

Florida State is once again atop both major college football polls.

FSU slipped to No.2 in the Amway Coaches Poll and held a tenuous grip on No.1 in The Associated Press Poll following an uneven performance at North Carolina State last week.

But after a weekend in which No.2 Oregon, No.3 Alabama, No.4 Oklahoma and No.6 Texas A&M all lost, the Seminoles reclaimed their top spot despite a slow start against Wake Forest.

“No matter if it’s ugly, a win is a win,” said kicker Roberto Aguayo, who made five field goals in the Seminoles’ 43-3 victory over the Demon Deacons.

“Obviously, we haven't played our best football yet, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

The Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) will no doubt want to get closer to their best by the time No.6 Notre Dame visits Tallahassee on Oct.18.

In the interim, though, they’re happy to just continue winning — FSU has won 21 in a row dating to 2012 — at a time when so many others aren’t.

The Seminoles play at Syracuse on Saturday.

“Every win is a big win,” defensive back Tyler Hunter said. “A lot of teams, like you see, they’re getting knocked off. So you just have to appreciate it.”

Fisher responds

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told NFL teams that former Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel didn’t have the tools to be a successful pro.

Manuel, the Buffalo Bill’s first-round pick in 2013, was benched last week.

According to Schefter, Fisher believed that Manuel, a two-year starter at FSU, “shouldn’t be any better than a third-round pick.”

Fisher denied that report Sunday afternoon in a prepared release.

“I’m not sure why ESPN’s Adam Schefter would not reach out to me to get my thoughts on EJ Manuel or check the accuracy of his report,” the statement said. “I never made those comments about EJ. I spoke to Buddy Nix of the Buffalo Bills and told him EJ is an outstanding young man and player.

“He was the face of our organization and would be a great one for them. I did not speak to any other teams, general managers or coaches about EJ.”

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