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By BJ Bennett
SouthernPigskin.com
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Simply put, Florida State hasn't seen many stretches like this.

After a 31-28 home loss to Louisville, one where Florida State fumbled just outside of the redzone with the game tied with roughly two minutes remaining, the Seminoles are now 2-4 and on the wrong side of history. Florida State's 35-year bowl streak, the longest in the nation, is now very much in doubt as the Seminoles will need to finish with four wins in their last five games with a tough second-half schedule ahead.  

Most amazing have been Florida State's struggles at home. The Seminoles have yet to win a game at Doak Campbell Stadium this fall and won't even have another opportunity to until November. Florida State is now 0-3 in Tallahassee for the first time since 1974. Stunningly, the Seminoles are 3-5 in their last eight home games overall.

After opening the season with a 24-7 defeat against top-ranked Alabama, Florida State's three ACC losses have come by a combined 13 points. The last two setbacks, Miami and Louisville, came in heartbreaking fashion. Following a late go-ahead touchdown pass from James Blackman to Auden Tate, the Hurricanes responded with a game-winning score with six seconds remaining. Most recently, the Cardinals turned an FSU fumble into a game-winning field goal with five seconds to play, a converted attempt that came right after a timeout cancelled a miss. 

Blackman, forced into action when Deondre Francois was lost for the season with a knee injury against Alabama, has shown both promise and poise and has had his ups and downs as a true freshman learning on the fly. Minus Francois and without Dalvin Cook from a year ago, Florida State's offense has hard to work hard for modest production. Saturday's 28 points were a season-high for the Seminoles, a total that includes a defensive score.

Simply put, Florida State hasn't seen many stretches like this. Head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles will have to rally, this fall, to even be relevant.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports