Football Bye-Week Theater: Wake Forest vs. Florida State Preview


Boston College football’s bye week goes on and on, and so do the previews from around the Atlantic Coast Conference. Here, we look at the Wake Forest vs. Florida State matchup.

This is almost certainly going to be one to miss.

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After all, it is presumably the best team in the country in #1 Florida State against what is clearly the worst team in the ACC, being the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Furthermore, the game is in Tallahassee.

The point spread tells us what most of us already know: this game is probably going to be very, very ugly.

Wake Forest vs. Florida State: The Line

Florida State are 38-point favorites over the Deacs; the line has essentially not moved. For a point spread to be this big with two teams in the same division is almost impossible to do, but Wake has found a way.

Wake Forest vs. Florida State: Offensively Offensive

It is difficult to put into words how bad Wake Forest’s offense is. Interpretive dance might be more appropriate, but short of that, we have statistics.

They score 18.2 points per game (T-116th FBS), including 17 points per game against FBS teams. Wake generates 230.2 yards per game (126th), including only 191 per game against FBS opposition. Finally, just 14.6 first downs per game (123rd), or just over 12 against FBS teams.

The bottom line is they will be lucky to score non-garbage time points against the Seminoles.

Wake Forest vs. Florida State: As for the Seminoles…

Jameis Winston and his offense have been fine. They’re not blowing the doors off of everyone like they were last season (except Boston College and Auburn, of course), but they are putting up a good number of points.

As for Jameis himself, he is having a decent year statistically, but it took him until late October to have as many interceptions as he does now through three games played (4).

Wake Forest’s defense has been alright all things considered, and it will have to be against the Seminoles.

Wake Forest vs. Florida State: The BC Connection

Boston College plays Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on October 25, and then visits Tallahassee on November 22.

Wake Forest vs. Florida State: Advantages

As if you needed it spelled out for you, the Seminoles have decisive advantages on both sides of the football.