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The fallout, what needs to change and the pros/cons of a youth movement

The fallout, what needs to change and the pros/cons of a youth movement

  • 1:03:33
  • 18 hours ago

FSU fans are vocally calling for a youth movement. Will Mike Norvell do just that?

The gang is back together as we sift through the wreckage of an embarrassing loss to Miami and try to figure out where FSU goes from here The pros/cons of a youth movement are weighed, we read into what FSU's updated depth chart means and a tired Sonnone drops a little scoop at the end of the latest episode of OTB.

Episodes of This Show

  • Instant Reaction: Miami embarrasses Florida State in primetime

    Instant Reaction: Miami embarrasses Florida State in primetime

    • 0:21:30
    • 2 days ago

    Florida State traveled to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Saturday to face No. 12/14 Miami, hoping to earn their first win of the season and halt a three-game winning streak by the Hurricanes. Instead, the Seminoles got demolished in every facet of play, losing 52-10.


    The guys at Noles247 break down the Seminoles performance. It wasn't easy to watch, but we did it. Now we're going to sit down and discuss it all.


    The 52 points for Miami is the most ever scored by either team in the series. It was the 65th meeting in the series, with Miami now holding a 35-30 advantage over the Seminoles.

  • Instant Reaction: 'Noles Land Blue Chip OT From Alabama

    Instant Reaction: 'Noles Land Blue Chip OT From Alabama

    • 0:17:14
    • 3 days ago

    On Friday afternoon the Florida State Seminoles landed a major commitment from offensive tackle Rod Orr. The four-star big man from Gadsden County, Ala. announced the big news from his Twitter account.

    Chris Nee and Josh Newberg of Noles247 are here to break it all down. This is the 'Noles first offensive line commitment toward the 2021 class. At 6-foot-7 and 295-pounds, Orr could be the anchor of FSU's line for years to come.

    Listen to the newest episode of On The Bench to find out what is next for FSU on the offensive line now that Orr is on the commit list.

  • FSU vs. Miami Preview: Is The U Back? ft. David Lake

    FSU vs. Miami Preview: Is The U Back? ft. David Lake

    • 0:54:24
    • 4 days ago

    Florida State heads to Miami Gardens on Saturday to take on No. 12 Miami. The Hurricanes enter the contest as double-digit favorites, and the Seminoles will need several things to break in their favor in they're going to pull off the road upset without head coach Mike Norvell.

    Inside The U's David Lake joins OTB to give us an insider's perspective on what makes Miami tick, potential areas of weakness for the Hurricanes...and to let us know if The U is back (is it?!?!?!). Plus we drop some intel on a few big recruiting nuggets, get Lake's thoughts on the use of the transfer portal and more.

    Check it all out in the latest episode.

  • No Norvell at Miami, commits on the horizon?

    No Norvell at Miami, commits on the horizon?

    • 0:55:30
    • 7 days ago

    Mike Norvell tested positive for COVID-19, adding another wrinkle to an already rigorous first year for Florida State's head coach.

    On The Bench shares what this means for FSU's planning ahead of the rivalry game at Miami. Plus we go over the transfer portal additions (and subtractions from FSU's roster), takeaways from FSU's week off and some very promising recruiting developments.

    Check it all out in the latest episode.

  • UM hate week, the most annoying fan base, and patience ft. Bryant McFadden

    UM hate week, the most annoying fan base, and patience ft. Bryant McFadden

    • 0:34:59
    • 10 days ago

    Bryant McFadden was an all-conference performer while at Florida State, a second-round draft pick, an eventual Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is currently an accomplished analyst for CBSSports.

    He’s succeeded at everything he’s done. But one accomplishment eludes him: Beating Miami.

    This is missing from the South Florida product’s résumé. McFadden, who is starting his own podcast ‘All Things Covered’ with his cousin and star cornerback Patrick Peterson, joins On The Bench to discuss the bitterness of the UM-FSU rivalry, which rival fan base is most annoying to him, and why he’s preaching patience under Mike Norvell. 

  • Moving on from GT, what to do at QB and more

    Moving on from GT, what to do at QB and more

    • 0:40:37
    • 13 days ago

    What will Florida State do at quarterback moving forward?

    The Seminoles’ 16-13 loss to Georgia Tech revealed some of the flaws from James Blackman that many around the program hoped were a thing of the past. The offense sputtered for a variety of reasons, but the quarterback’s inability to elevate his team played a major role in the upset loss.

    On The Bench takes a final look at the GT game while spending a majority of the episode on the quarterback position and where FSU goes from here.


  • Instant Reaction: FSU’s loss vs. GT - What just happened?

    Instant Reaction: FSU’s loss vs. GT - What just happened?

    • 0:26:51
    • 16 days ago

    Florida State opened its 2020 season with a 16-13 loss to lowly Georgia Tech. The Seminoles squandered a 10-0 lead and fell apart on offense en route to the upset loss.

    Major issues emerged -- or reemerged -- on offense, and the defense wasn't nearly as dominant as we expected. 

    What the heck happened? On The Bench goes over the game while the wounds are still fresh in our first ever Instant Reaction podcast.

  • 2020 Season Preview: Superlatives, predictions and more

    2020 Season Preview: Superlatives, predictions and more

    • 1:07:14
    • 18 days ago

    Florida State football is days away.

    It’s surreal, but football is back. With that in mind, On The Bench can finally and confidently lean into a season preview episode in which we go over superlatives, outlooks and give season predictions.

    Plus a quick look at Week 1 opponent Georgia Tech and take a ton of listener questions.

  • Depth-chart reaction, season-position preview and more

    Depth-chart reaction, season-position preview and more

    • 0:57:29
    • 21 days ago

    Florida State released its depth chart today, so it feels like the perfect time to run down each position to preview the 2020 season.

    It’s game week -- finally -- and On The Bench has you covered with an in-depth look at the roster and the depth chart.

    Plus we go over the Friday-night performances of some FSU recruits, update you on a few injuries and more.