You've come to know Tomahawk Nation for excellent, exhaustive analysis and previews. This is not one of those. Samford is a good 1-AA team. They would probably play a team like Vandetbilt to within 10 points or so. Absent a miracle, they aren't beating Florida State. We've put all our time into the season preview and don't have much left for Samford.
Here's Phil Steele's preview:
this is only the 2nd meeting between these schools (1st was in 1950, FSU won 20-6) but they do have a recent tie-in as new Florida St HC Jimbo Fisher was a QB at Samford in 1987 and was the OC from 1991-'92. Meanwhile Samford is coached by former Auburn AA QB and Heisman winner Pat Sullivan who enters his 4th year here. Last year the Bulldogs went 5-6 including a heartbreaking loss to UCF where they had a 24-21 lead in the 4Q and had a 286-282 yd edge. This year they return 15 starters including their all-time leading rusher Chris Evans who will try to eclipse 1,000 yds for the the 4th straight year. Defensively the Bulldogs have 7 starters back from a unit that allowed just 284 ypg and 17.5 ppg last year and could be one of the best in the FCS this year.
Samford is going to try to shorten this game with Evans (former UAB player). The defense should be decent. And there will be some trick plays from Samford, of course.
How much does FSU show in this game? How long will the starters play? Here's the goals:
- No injuries. Nothing is more important here than staying healthy.
- Come out strong out of the gate.
- Play disciplined and not down to the level of the opponent
- Out-gain Samford by 350 yards. Win by 5 touchdowns.
Prediction: FSU 49, Samford 10
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