Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. suffered a concussion against Clemson and was ruled out on Friday. While it seems like no big deal that Wilder isn’t cleared to play, it’s the exact type of break that the Wolfpack needs to pull to monumental upset. According to CBSsportsline.com, Florida State is 32 point favorite. Besides, North Carolina State is no stranger to knocking off the best Florida State teams in recent history. That’s why coach Jimbo Fisher wants his team to feel the pain of last season’s loss to NC State.
There’s no doubt that the Seminoles should dominate this game on Saturday. Everybody should think that way except for the players. The only job North Carolina State has to do is keep it close. In last year’s 16 point comeback, Florida State should have had a much bigger lead. Then they got stagnant, and then the pressure started to mount. Before you know it, the Wolfpack were only down by six points with 12 minutes to go.
Florida State can not let this happen again. They are number two in the BCS, but might not control their own destiny. All they can control is how easy they want to dismantle opponents. For the Seminoles, there’s no need to look ahead to the Miami game, or look back on the Clemson game.
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The North Carolina State offense does not have the capability to match up with Florida State’s scoring prowess. That means they have to find a way to possess the ball for long drives. NC State also has to hope that the Seminoles come out a little indifferent. A lot of turnovers would be horrible. The more possessions in this game, the more pressure it will be on NC State to score.
Defensively, the Wolfpack have to deal with a team that’s scored 41 or more points in every game. That can’t happen on Saturday. They need to find a way to pressure Winston and create turnovers. The biggest thing is to keep Florida State from producing big plays. Other opponents have been demoralized by the Seminoles quick strike ability.
Jameis Winston is the maestro, and he leads his band beautifully. Florida State’s offense works in concert with their defense. They average over 550 yards per game, and they score touchdowns when they get down close. They use every facet of the offense very well. If Florida State celebrates Bobby Bowden correctly, they will put up at least 40 on Saturday.
Defensively, they get after the opponent with ferocious behavior. Florida State forces turnovers and they put the ball in the offenses hands in great position. They’ve had one bad half of football, but that seems to be way in the past. Beating Clemson was nice, but this is the game where they can truly assert their dominance. We’ll know early what type of game this will be.
The Seminoles dominated undefeated Maryland and Clemson in embarrassing fashion. Now they have to show that same fire when North Carolina takes the field. Expect FSU to roll in this one.
Florida State 48
North Carolina State 10