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Southern Miss-Florida State football (Independence Bowl)

Mike Olivella  FSU athletics

The 42-13 win over Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl showed that a return to power should come sooner rather than later.

Kickoff for tomorrow's game set for 12:30 here at Independence Stadium.

While some of the crazier stories have been cleared up, the Seminoles are still going into this bowl game with an interim head coach and missing three of their best defensive players as they prepare for the NFL Draft.

What did we learn from the Seminoles' final game of the season before the start of the Taggart era.

Florida State junior receiver Auden Tate finished with five catches for 84 yards and tied the bowl record with three of Blackman's touchdown receptions.

FSU rallied to win four of its last five games, but the day before a rescheduled, regular-season finale on December 2 with the University of Louisiana-Monroe, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher left to take over at Texas A&M University.

Florida State will be looking to end the season on a high note to build some momentum for the beginning of the Taggart era.

A "Seminole for life", got a belated Christmas gift from incoming Florida State football coach Willie Taggart. Odell Haggins, who went 2-0 as interim, will return to his role as defensive line coach.

Hit first, hit fast - For the Seminoles, they have only been successful in mounting any sort of comeback once this season, in their win over Wake Forest.

Instead, Haggins will get one special opportunity to exact revenge on Southern Miss. We're expecting everybody. Like I said before, we're a team. As of Wednesday morning, 58% of betting tickets were on the Golden Eagles to cover the spread and 56% of the money is also on Southern Miss. "Everything we do is to help guide them as they develop on and off the field".

Southern Miss finishes the season 8-5.

Florida State struggled mightily in 2017. Florida State simply has more power up front on both sides of the ball, and if they can't go up early they could get ground into the dirt.

For the Seminoles, they want to end things with a win to carry some momentum into the offseason.