Wayne McGahee III: Everyone saw the coming out party Jameis Winston had on the road in his first career start. It will be hard for him to top the 25-27, five touchdown performance he had against Pitt, but he should have another fantastic game against a Nevada defense that gave up 58 points to UCLA. The Nevada defense gave up over 350 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in that game. Even with starting guard Tre Jackson doubtful, expect the Noles to be able to run on the Nevada defense. Everyone has been talking about Karlos Williams' move to running back and i expect to see him get 10+ carries in a game that should be over by halftime.
Nevada's starting quarterback Cody Fajardo has been listed as day to day with a sprained knee. Their backup quarterback, Devin Combs, only has 39 pass attempts in his college career. I also think that we will see an improved defense from what we saw in the Pitt game as the players get more used to the scheme. I fully expect the Noles to roll in this game 55-10.
Jason Staples: It's been nearly a two week wait for the nation to see whether Jameis Winston can build off the momentum from his terrific debut against Pittsburgh. This matchup against Nevada, however, is unlikely to say much about whether Winston can keep pace with the building hype. Nevada is simply not the threat they were a couple years ago under Chris Ault and behind Colin Kaepernick.
The more interesting questions going into this one are whether FSU will score more against the Pack than UCLA's 58, whether James Wilder, Jr. will take this game off, and how good Karlos Williams will look in his first game at running back. (Rumblings from inside the program suggest very high expectations are warranted.) This Nevada defense will be overmatched across the board, and expect to see a game that is over by the mid third quarter.
Even the Nevada offense, which has been potent over the past few years, simply lacks the size and athleticism to threaten the Seminoles' defense. Look for Jeremy Pruitt to keep things vanilla as Florida State's athleticism will be too much for Nevada. If I were coaching Nevada, I'd hold Fajardo out of this one to get him healthy for conference play. This one should remind FSU fans of the Dynasty years, as FSU rolls over a decent FBS foe. I've got FSU 66, Nevada 10.