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We have to sympathize with Mike Norvell! This isn’t the best year for FSU who had to file more than one lawsuit this season. The Seminoles not only had a lawsuit filed against the College Football Playoff committee, but they also sued the ACC for proposing $572M for them to leave the conference. And now another issue has arisen that needs immediate address. 

It’s not something unexpected that Mike Norvell lost a huge bunch of players after the CFP snub. But the number of players leaving the program is concerning. Fingers are crossed as Florida State will enter the 2024 season with a fresh set of players, much different than the ones who won every single game this season. 

Mike Norvell lost over 20 players before the Orange Bowl showdown 

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Ever since their CFP snub, the Seminoles haven’t been the same and the prospective outcome of the bowl game looks foreboding. Mike Norvell is having a tough time retaining his players who are looking for better opportunities elsewhere. A recent IG post by Sports Illustrated reports that “over 20 FSU players have opted out of the Orange Bowl against Georgia.” 

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After the recent departure of WR Keon Coleman for the NFL draft, the Seminoles have seen many of their players either entering the transfer portal or the NFL before their showdown against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Some of the key players who’ll not be making it to the playoffs include their star QB Jordan Travis who suffered a season-ending leg injury, QB Tate Rodemaker, and rusher Trey Benson.

Who is the starting FSU QB for the Orange Bowl? 

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Tate Rodemaker and freshman AJ Duffy replaced Jordan Travis in his absence. But with both the quarterbacks opting out of the bowl game, that leaves scholarship QB Brock Glenn. The upcoming game will be the freshman’s time to shine and flaunt a rookie’s power!

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Brock Glenn started against the Louisville Cardinals and led his team to victory. He completed 55 yards, finishing 8 completions on 21 attempts. Meanwhile, Michael Grant and Dylan McNamara will be the substitutes for the Orange Bowl.

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Mike Norvell and the Seminoles will enter the upcoming game against 12-1 Georgia as the first undefeated ACC champions to not secure a playoff spot. With a major change in their roster, all we can do is wait in suspense for the final showdown at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. 

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