Tale of the Tape: Bucs vs. Seminoles

So what do you need to know about the matchup, series and coaches for Florida State vs. Charleston Southern? Here are some facts to consider thanks to NoleDigest.com's weekly Tale of the Tape.


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Junior receiver Rodney Smith led Florida State with five catches and 78 yards receiving in a 34-0 shutout of ULM in the season opener.

The Matchup

Florida State -- No. 5 in the coaches' poll, No. 6 in the AP -- will attempt to improve on its 1-0 start to the 2011 season when Charleston Southern (0-1) visits Doak Campbell Stadium for Saturday's 6:00 p.m. game. ...

The Seminoles opened their highly-anticipated campaign with a 34-0 shutout of ULM, while Charleston Southern suffered a 62-0 loss at UCF. ...

Charleston Southern competes at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level and is a member of the Big South Conference. The Buccaneers are coming off a 3-8 season in 2010. ...

FSU will attempt to improve to 2-0 for the first time since the 2008 season and just the fourth time since 2004. ...

In its shutout of ULM, the Seminoles out-gained the Warhawks 392-191 in yards of total offense. Defensively, FSU registered 10.5 tackles for loss, including five quarterback sacks. ULM failed to total more than 100 yards on the ground (99) or through the air (92). ...

Charleston Southern managed only 119 total yards in its loss at UCF and allowed the host Knights to pile up 560 total yards, including 316 rushing. ...

Florida State boasts an all-time Doak Campbell Stadium record of 256-84-4 and is 264-88-4 in home games. This is FSU's 65th season of playing college football. ...

Charleston Southern began playing football in 1991 and did not face its first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly I-A) opponent until 2007. The Bucs are now 0-8 all time against FBS programs.

The Series

This is the first meeting between Florida State and Charleston Southern. ...

Florida State has played only one school that is a current member of the football-playing, seven-team Big South Conference, which also includes Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Liberty, Presbyterian, Stony Brook and VMI. The Seminoles have a 2-1 all-time record against VMI in a three-game series that was played between 1952 and 1954. ...

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The Seminoles are 14-0 all time against FCS (formerly Division I-AA) opponents, dating to that division's inception in 1978. ...

Charleston Southern has faced just one other Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in its history, losing to Miami by a score of 52-7 in 2008.

The Coaches

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher has an all-time record of 11-4 one game into his second season as coach. He led the Seminoles to a 10-4 mark in 2010.

Charleston Southern: Jay Mills is in his ninth season as coach of the Buccaneers and has a record of 43-47. He cut his teeth on the offensive side of the football working as a graduate assistant under Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, and then joining him on the South Carolina staff. He has also coached at Boise State and Harvard.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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