And that's exactly what the Seminoles did - asserting their dominance from the opening kickoff on way to a 41-14 road victory over the Terrapins.
FSU came out running the ball early and often against the fifth-ranked defense in the nation. Devonta Freeman got the majority of the touches and looked great running north and south behind an offensive line that might of had its best game of the season.
The Seminoles received the opening kickoff and went on an 11-play, 61-yard touchdown drive that was capped off with a five-yard run by Freeman.
The route was on from there.
On the ensuing kickoff, FSU forced a fumble that was recovered by the Seminoles in Maryland territory.
FSU added a pair of field goals after that, one of which gave Dustin Hopkins the NCAA all-time scoring record among kickers, which was previously held at 439 points.
Before the half, Manuel connected with wide receiver Rashad Greene for a 30-yard touchdown giving the 'Noles a 27-0 lead at halftime.
In addition to the offense, FSU's defense also came out in dominating fashion. Maryland did not cross the 50-yard line once in the first half, and gained just 26 yards offensively.
FSU came out flat early in the second half, but after a Maryland touchdown ruined the shutout, they quickly responded.
Last week against Virginia Tech, FSU was held to a season-low -15 rushing yards, but Freeman made that seem like an eternity ago. Freeman ended the day with 148 yards and two touchdowns.
The 'Noles cruised the rest of the way to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship in two weeks.