FSU vs Wake Forest: Preview and Prediction

Florida State ADVANTAGES Wake Forest
fsu_seminoles_logo_detail FSU Run Game vs Wake Forest Defense

Wake has been good against the run so far this season giving up just 3.69 yards per carry.  The Demon Deacons have decent size up front and boast some big linebackers.  Wake hasn’t gone up against a back like Dalvin Cook yet and the Noles shouldn’t have too much problems running against this defense.  An interesting thing to watch will be Ryan Hoefeld, who will reportedly get his first start of the season at Center.  Fisher has been impressed with him recently as he’s battled back from injuries.

fsu_seminoles_logo_detail FSU Passing Game vs Wake Forest Defense

Elon, Syracuse, Army, and Indiana haven’t done much through the air against Wake Forest, but they’re Elon, Syracuse, Army, and Indiana.  FSU has not been good through the air thus far and the whispers are growing louder regarding the play of Everett Golson.  The Noles should be able to out athlete Wake on the outside and Golson should have time to make plays.  Weather could be a factor here, though.  A little bit of wet isn’t bad, a deluge and heavy winds, though, are another story.

fsu_seminoles_logo_detail Wake Forest Run Game vs FSU Defense

Wake Forest’s running game is much improved this season, in fact they’ve already surpassed their rushing total from last year.  That’s not a typo.  Wake rushed for 479 yards ON THE SEASON in 2014. This is still not a good running game, however, and is heavily reliant on FR QB Kendall Hinton’s legs for yards.  The Noles have been good against the run this season.  They’re giving up a bit under 3.75 yards per carry and were stout last outing against Boston College.

fsu_seminoles_logo_detail Wake Forest Pass Game vs FSU Defense

The Noles have been excellent against the pass this year with an improved pass rush and very good secondary play.  Jalen Ramsey is proving to be a shut down corner and Marquez White has been good on the opposite side.  Teams are averaging just 4.3 yards per attempt and are completing just over 50% of their passes. Wake Forest is throwing the ball a lot for a lot of yards, but not a lot of success.  The last two games against Army and Indiana has seen Wake complete less than 50% of their passes for just 5.5 yards per attempt and 4 interceptions compared to one touchdown.

fsu_seminoles_logo_detail Special Teams

Well, hello Cason Beatty!!  The much maligned punter had the game of his life against Boston College averaging 52.29 yards on 7 punts with good hang time. The Noles already have the best kicker in college football and are a threat to break one at any time in the return game.

38 Prediction

The Noles have destroyed Wake Forest since the 2011 debacle in Winston Salem and I don’t see that changing much this year.  Florida State is just much more talented on both sides of the ball and should control the line of scrimmage.  Florida State, and Everett Golson in particular, needs to gain some offensive confidence heading into a tougher stretch of the schedule coming up.


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