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Florida State vs. Wake Forest Preview and Prediction

The NoleDigest staff previews and predicts the Florida State-Wake Forest match up

Wake Forest

Current Record: 2-2

ACC Record: 0-1

Record vs. FSU: 6-26-1

Dave Clawson

Overall Record: 5-11 (2nd season)

Record against FSU: 0-1

Stats

Offense:

Points Per Game: 24.8

Rushing Yards Per Game: 128.2

Passing Yards Per Game: 300.2

Touchdowns: 7

Defense

Points Allowed Per Game: 19.5

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game: 149.25

Passing Yards Allowed Per Game: 145

Touchdowns Allowed: 11

Turnover Margin: -7

Key Players

QB John Wolford: 53-77 for 712 yards. 4 passing TDs and 4 interceptions. 18 carries for 49 yards and 2 rushing TDs.

It is unknown whether or not Wolford will play at this point due to an ankle injury, but if he does it will greatly help out the Wake Forest passing game. Losing him completely changes the way Florida State will defend the Demon Deacons.

QB Kendall Hinton: 43-86 for 469 yards. 1 passing TD and 3 interceptions. 41 carries for 170 yards and 4 rushing TDs.

If Wolford doesn't start Hinton will play. He's Wake's leading rusher on the season, and completely changes the dynamic of the offense. He has been asked to throw a lot during his time as the starter, but will the Wake coaching staff take the chance of throwing 40 times against a very good Florida State secondary?

LB Brandon Chubb: 36 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.

Chubb is averaging 9 tackles per game this season, and has a nose for the football. He is easily the best player on the Wake Forest defense.

Predictions:

Wayne McGahee III:

Wake hasn't been much trouble for the Seminoles the last three years and I don't expect that trend to change this year. Florida State has the advantage on both sides of the ball. I do not believe that Wake will be able to throw the ball or run effectively on this Florida State defense. There are just too many great athletes in the secondary, and the defensive line will be more than a match for their Wake counterparts. I think the Seminoles will be able to pound the rock with Cook as well as with Vickers and Patrick as the game gets out of hand. I think Florida State will be up by three touchdowns at the half and will roll to a 43-6 victory over the Demon Deacons. 

Jason Staples:

Wake has not been able to run the football with much effectiveness this year and has depended on passing the football 40+ times per game. That's not ideal against Jalen Ramsey and an FSU secondary hungry to face an actual passing team, and the wind and rain projected for Saturday probably won't help the Deacons, either. In contrast, look for FSU to have success on the ground and get more playing time for some of the young talent that has been waiting in the wings. FSU rolls in this one, 38-3.


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