North Carolina State vs FSU Game Preview and NCAAF Odds

Posted by Aaron . on November 13, 2015 in

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher still believes that the Seminoles can beat the NCAAF odds and finish a successful year even though they don’t have a chance to contend for the ACC championship. Florida State (7-2, 5-2 ACC) head into their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack aware that, for the first time in four seasons, they won’t be playing in the conference title game. This means that Fisher will learn a lot about what his team is made of mentally as the season plays out.
 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 14th, 12:30 PM
Location: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
TV: ACC Network
Game Odds:  FSU -9½
Online streaming: WatchESPN Link

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Fisher told Yahoo Sports on Monday, “I think that this is when you are going to find out about the class and character of these young guys and our organization. Our ultimate goal is to win the national championship, go to the College Football Playoff and win the ACC. You can have great seasons if you don’t have that happen to you.”
 
A lot of observers thought that Florida State would struggle after Jameis Winston graduated. The team had won the national title in 2013 and made the first CFP last season. After six games this season, the Seminoles had reached as high as the #9 spot in the AP poll, but since then they have lost two of three and are now ranked #16 after last week’s loss to top-ranked Clemson.
 

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The majority of the issues that the Seminoles have center around the offense. Sean Maguire has been the starting quarterback for the past two weeks, and he went 16 for 29 for 164 yards against Clemson, throwing a pick but no touchdowns. Fisher said that Maguire had played a solid game but has not yet identified his starter for this week. At Monday’s practice, Maguire did take all of the snaps with the first-team offense. Everett Golson was the starter during the first seven games and has completed 67 percent of his passes.

 

However, he has not succeeded in moving the offense consistently. The offensive line has also featured a different starting center in each of the past three games. This has, in part, led to 16 pre-snap penalties in the last four games, giving the offense a lot of long-yardage situations. FSU Running back Dalvin Cook is only 11 yards away from breaking the school’s single-season record of 1,242 yards, set back in 1995 by Warrick Dunn.
 

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