After a much needed bye week, the Florida State Seminoles are gearing up for their second road ACC game of the season looking to avoid a losing record overall and in the conference. This is a big game for both teams, as Wake Forest is off to a 3-1 start that could very easily be 4-0. The biggest thing for Florida State will be sound execution and the elimination of big mistakes and penalties. Talent wise, Wake Forest has a huge deficit to make up but they are well coached and would likely capitalize if Florida State plays sloppy. Let's see what Harry, Pete and Randy have to say about tomorrow's game.
As the Seminoles gear up for their Saturday matchup with Wake Forest, the usual excitement surrounding a game is noticeably missing. This may be true for several reasons, one being that many do not perceive the Demon Deacons as a serious threat but I think the prevailing mood among FSU fans is more reserved curiosity than excitement. After losing two straight games, many have questioned just how good (or bad) this Seminole team is. They travel on the road to face a Wake Forest team that has been disproportionately more successful in the passing game as opposed to the run.
Contrary to what many seem to believe, the Florida State defense has proven to be outstanding against the run this season. With that being said, with Wake Forest being largely unsuccessful in the running game thus far and FSU doing a great job of stopping it, much of the game will hinge on Tanner Price's ability to drop back and make plays with his arm. Two things to watch closely will be how much pressure Florida State is able to get on Price throughout the day and how well the secondary bounces back after a rough day against Clemson two weeks ago.
The Demon Deacons have depended heavily on the abilities of Chris Givens through the first four games of the season. He accounts for nearly 30% of the team's total receptions and 50% of the team's receiving touchdowns on the year. The next most prominent threat at receiver is senior Danny Dembry, who has recorded 19 of his 29 career catches this season. With Greg Reid returning to the lineup this weekend for the Seminoles, the FSU defense becomes more flexible in coverage and will likely employ much more nickel than they were able to against Clemson. The defensive unit altogether will be looking to be much more sound at the second and third levels of the defense. While Givens is quite the player, he will not be going up against the likes of NC State, a depleted Boston College secondary or talent comparable to Syracuse or Gardner-Webb. If Florida State forces Wake Forest into becoming one dimensional, this game could get quite ugly for the home crowd.
Florida State's defensive line has continued to look excellent against both the run and in pass rushing situations. If they apply adequate pressure early, the Demon Deacons will be significantly stifled. While Tanner Price has looked pretty good all year, he has not sustained very many long drives and has benefited repeatedly from short field due to solid special teams play. Florida State has done a great job of winning the field position battle through four games and on Saturday it will yet again be crucial.no comments
One of the biggest components of college football fandom is keeping at least a slight eye on the state of your most hated rivals. The month of October is a big one for each of Florida's "Big 3" for different reasons. In Florida State's case, the Seminoles have what is rightfully deemed an easy road that could allow them to reel off four straight wins and enter the home stretch of the season with serious momentum and confidence. For the Miami Hurricanes, who are currently a program suffering much turmoil off the field, it could determine whether or not the Noles' rivals down south enter November above .500. Lastly, the Florida Gators have to run a gauntlet of extremely tough and physical games that could spell out how successful Will Muschamp's first season as head coach is.
This Saturday the Florida State Seminoles (2-2 – 0-1) will be in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-1 – 2-0) in a very important contest for FSU in an attempt to get in the win column in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Following the loss at Clemson – and then Clemson’s big win on the road versus Virginia Tech, FSU’s chances of making it to the ACC Championship game have been diminished – but the goal has not been erased. All FSU can do at this point – is face each opponent as it is their last, and this week Wake is the last.
The catalyst for the Wake Forest offense, and the feature for us today, is Sophomore signal-caller Tanner Price – simply put, if you stop him you stop Wake.
Last week, we discussed some of the potential moves that could be made on the offensive side of the ball in order to correct a few issues. Despite an obviously less than satisfactory showing in last week's matchup with the Clemson Tigers, the Florida State defense does not have as many problems as may be perceived. That being said, there are certain concerns that will need to be addressed in order for the Seminoles to make strides towards dominance on defense. A wealth of mental errors and penalties made for a much uglier outcome than desired on the road last week. Today, we will discuss if changes are necessary and if so, which will be made.no comments
At this critical juncture in what is still a very young football season, the question on the minds of a lot of Florida State fans is whether or not it is time for a roster moves to be made. The question only holds more weight when dealing with a team like the Seminoles, which is filled with young talent from the recent recruiting classes that have yet to make their marks on the field of play. The biggest aspect for Florida State fans to remember - is that this team is not in bad shape at all overall, despite the disappointing back to back losses suffered to Oklahoma and Clemson. If you were to look at this team by position group, you would recognize many more positives and few very serious issues. Nonetheless, those issues do exist and they are quite glaring.no comments
Depending on the age group you speak to in the Florida State fan base, losing an ACC opener should not be a new feeling to the Seminoles.
From 1992 - when FSU joined the ACC - until 1995, the Florida State Seminoles did not know what it was like to lose a conference game. FSU was perfect through the ‘92, ‘93, and ‘94 seasons in the ACC. It was not until November 2, 1995 that this program tasted defeat in its new conference. That's the Thursday night when the 24th-ranked, Tiki Barber-led Virginia Cavaliers ended the undefeated streak at 29.
With a gang of injuries plaguing the Florida State receiving corps last week, there was considerable concern in regards to how the young group would step up to the plate at Death Valley on Saturday. In recent years, FSU fans have awaited the arrival of young playmakers that are ready to step in and create the type of big plays that all college football fans enjoy to see. It is an element of the FSU offense that has not been as prevalent as many would like, but with this young group, that appears to be changing for the better in the foreseeable future.
Despite the second straight disappointing loss, this time at the hands of conference opponent Clemson, there were some positives to take away from Saturday's game in the individual performance department. As Florida State continues to grow and gel as a team and as the season marches on, we will surely continue to see certain names continue to pop up in our gameball discussions. This week, the strongest individual performances have a heavy offensive slant for the most part, which is not what people make have expected coming into the Clemson matchup.no comments