Tale of the Tape: 'Noles vs. Deacons

After a bye to lick its wounds, Florida State hits the road once again Saturday to take on ACC foe Wake Forest. Here are several facts to consider thanks to NoleDigest.com's weekly Tale of the Tape.

The Matchup

Florida State (2-2, 0-1 ACC) heads to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, looking for its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season Saturday against Wake Forest (3-1, 1-0) at BB&T Field (12:30 p.m., ACC Network). ...

The Seminoles (No. 22 USA Today/No. 23 AP) are one of only two two-loss teams ranked in either of the major Top 25 polls. FSU is coming off an open week on the schedule following a 35-30 league loss at Clemson. Wake Forest moved into a share of the ACC Atlantic Division lead with a 27-19 victory over Boston College last week. ...

FSU is 2-2 through four games for only the second time since 1990. The 'Noles were also .500 at this juncture in 2009. ...

Jimbo Fisher's club is facing its second consecutive ACC opponent on the road to open a season. The Seminoles have not opened league play with consecutive road games since 2001. ...

At 3-1, Wake Forest is off to its best start since matching that four-game mark in 2008. That was also the last season the Demon Deacons opened with a 2-0 ACC record, defeating Florida State and Clemson. ...

Wake Forest counts 30 Floridians on its roster, the most of any FBS non-Florida school the Seminoles will face.

The Series

Florida State leads the all-time series with a 23-5-1 mark, which includes a 6-2 record at Wake Forest. ...

The Seminoles have won the last two meetings between the schools after dropping three consecutive games (2006-08). Prior to that three-game skid, Florida State had rattled off 14 consecutive victories against the Demon Deacons.

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FSU's 31-0 win last season in Tallahassee marked its fifth shutout triumph against Wake Forest in 29 meetings, more than it has posted against any other ACC opponent.

The Coaches

Florida State: Second-year coach Jimbo Fisher has an all-time record of 12-6, including a 6-3 ACC mark in the regular season. Fisher led the Seminoles to a 10-4 record in his inaugural 2010 season, which included a 6-2 ACC mark, good for the Atlantic Division title.

Wake Forest: Jim Grobe is in his 11th season at the helm of the Demon Deacons, where he has crafted a 65-61 mark (34-48 ACC), and his 17th overall (98-94-1). He led Wake Forest to the 2006 ACC title and a school-best 11-3 record. Among ACC coaches, Grobe has the second-longest tenure.


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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