The Florida State Seminoles head on the road to North Carolina State University for an ACC matchup against the Wolfpack. Florida State are growing agitated, as they watch their once prideful football team fall into the ground. Since Jimbo Fisher left for a richer job at Texas A&M, this program has been on a downward trajectory. The school replaced Jimbo with Willie Taggart, which ended up being a massive failure.
He changed up the offensive scheme to try to fit at Florida State. It didn’t work at all. The success he had at Oregon failed to translate at Florida State. A lot of Florida State supporters were excited about the hire at the time. However, the excitement quickly faded, and now we’re in the Mike Norvell era at Florida State. I’m not sure he’s the answer either. Norvell had success at Memphis, but leading the Seminoles back to prominence in the ACC will be trickier.
Norvell has to recruit a quarterback to run this offense. That would be a good start because the quarterback play has been abysmal for years now, which includes the current season in 2020. Florida State hasn’t had a reliable option at quarterback since Jameis Winston led this program to a championship in the 2013 season. Jimbo kept this team in contention for a few years after Winston left, but the writing was on the wall. Once he left the cracks leaked even more.
Florida State goes into North Carolina with a record of 2-5. They have wins over Florida State and UNC. Their win over nationally ranked UNC could have been a turning point for their program. Well, at least that’s what Florida State fans would have told you. The Seminoles went nowhere thereafter, with losses against Louisville and Pittsburgh. Neither game was particularly close, with the Cardinals blowing things open for a 48-16 win, while Pitt did the same last week in a 41-17 game. They have to hit the restart button at NC State on Saturday. Head below for our free Florida State vs. NC State pick for November 14, 2020.
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Florida State went through three different quarterbacks last week. It will be the final appearance for James Blackman at FSU. After going 0 for 2 with an interception, Blackman opted out of the rest of the season and entered the transfer portal. Jordan Travis and Chubba Purdy also saw playing time last week versus Pitt.
It was a disaster for them on the field as well. Travis passed for 106 yards with an interception, and Purdy connected for just 106 yards and an interception. It looked like the quarterback situation was heading in the right direction after Travis led the Seminoles to a 31-28 win over UNC.
However, it’s been a struggle for Travis in his last two games. He’s struggled to find consistency, and has been not seeing the field well. Mistakes tend to happen when a quarterback isn’t reading anything correctly. On the season, Florida State has averaged 385.9 and 22 points per game. Scoring points was a problem for Willie Taggart while he was the head coach, and it continues to be a struggle for the Seminoles to score points.
The Wolfpack are coming off an entertaining thriller against the Miami Hurricanes on November 6. Miami barely survived, as they won 44-41 as double-digit favorites. D’Eriq King diced up the NC State defense for 430 yards and 5 touchdowns. For the second straight week, NC State allowed 40+ points. They lost 48-21 against UNC a week before losing to Florida State.
That doesn’t sound all that encouraging, but the quarterback situation for Florida State is so influx right now that the Wolfpack should be able to take advantage on defense at home. NC State’s Bailey Hockman will face his former team for the first time on Saturday. Hockman is coming off a solid performance, as he passed for 248 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.
The NC State offense has accumulated 395.3 yards and 32.9 points per game in 2020. Ricky Person Jr. and Zonovan Knight provided the Wolfpack with a terrific 1-2 combo on the ground. Knight has gained 451 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry, while Person Jr. has recorded 414 yards and 3 touchdowns on 4.9 yards per carry.
The FSU defense has struggled against the pass and run, with a total of 471.6 yards allowed a game. They’ve surrendered 35.9 points in 2020. I just don’t see much motivation for the Seminoles on the road Saturday. Expect Person Jr. and Knight to carry the load for the Wolfpack in this one. A 37-20 win is where I see this game going in favor of NC State.