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Video: It’s not all doom and gloom for Florida State

Matt Baker chats with the Identity Tampa Bay about the reeling Seminoles ahead of ACC media days.
Florida State coach Willie Taggart reacts to a second-quarter play at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 6, 2018, in Miami. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Florida State coach Willie Taggart reacts to a second-quarter play at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 6, 2018, in Miami. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published Jul. 17

Yes, Willie Taggart needs to be better in Year 2. But state colleges beat writer Matt Baker tells the Identity Tampa Bay’s Tyler Graddy that a more favorable schedule should give the Seminoles hope of surpassing 2018′s 5-7 record.

How much better will they be? Stay tuned.

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