In 1977, Lionel Richie and the Commodores sang about the feeling of being “easy like Sunday morning.” The ballad details the liberating vibe of breaking free from the strictures of a prior relationship. On Saturday night in Tallahassee, Willie Taggart’s new-look Seminoles showed their fanbase the beginning of a new day for the program, and many are probably waking up to a rather different sensation than they’ve experienced in the recent past after watching ’Noles football.

For following a magical national championship run in 2013, Sunday mornings have often been far from “easy” for the garnet and gold faithful of late. The 2014 FSU squad needed one comeback after another to survive the regular season unscathed on the field, though the national media did its best, at every turn, to dig up whatever dirt it could off the gridiron, however unsuccessful those attempts may have been. Still, the College Football Playoff debacle against Oregon felt like it was a long-time coming.

2015 saw the calamitous loss at Georgia Tech, and the beginning of Clemson’s rise to overtake Florida State in the ACC, a reign that remains unbroken for the Tigers, now one national title richer.

2016 brought the worst defeat in program history, at Louisville, and personal pledges required of players after a home loss against North Carolina. And of course, the entirety of the season was chronicled for all to see on premium cable.

And then there was 2017’s 7-6 campaign during which Jimbo Fisher and much of his staff simply quit on the program. Once Fisher and his staff departed toward the end of that tumultuous season, hope turned to the horizon, and the possibility that only future prospects can bring— even if we weren’t necessarily certain what that might entail.

That new hope was ultimately manifested in