Scouting FSU's Opponents: Week 5

This is a weekly feature on TomahawkNation.com in which we review the performances of each of FSU's upcoming opponents. I will not do game charts for games against D1-AA opponents. All game charts are non-garbage time only.

This takes a lot of work. I hope that your enjoyment of each game increases with additional knowledge of the opponent.

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There were plenty of games to watch this weekend and I was able to take many of them in.

Wake BC
Yards/Play 6.2 4.1
Plays 63 82
Wake outgained BC by 51% per play
Avg Field Position Wake 21 BC 38

Wake Forest beat the Boston College Eagles, 27-19. Wake only out-gained the Eagles by about 60 yards, and BC won the field position battle. But here is where we really see the value of yards-per-play, as Wake was much more effective on a down-to-down basis. Also, BC was terrible in the red zone, scoring a TD on only one of four chances. Wake's defense is nothing special, so this offensive effort at home by BC was terrible. Wake's offense, on the other hand, is pretty good and had several explosive plays, including two over 40. 

Finally, BCI has its proposal for fixing Boston College football. I don't really agree with Brian's opinion of the program and think BC fans need to re-evaluate expectations a bit. I don't disagree that they should fire Frank Spaziani, however. For some comedic relief, read this piece by HD on whether Wake is a dark-horse contender for the ACC. Seriously. 

Duke FIU
Yards/Play 5.9 6.9
Plays 65 82
FIU outgained Duke by 17% per play
Avg Field Position Duke 30 FIU 21

The Duke Blue Devils beat the FIU Golden Panthers down there in Miami. This was a surprising result. And what a strange box score! How does that box add up to a 31-27 Duke victory? First, Duke cashed in its chances in the red zone while FIU did not. Second, Duke either moved the ball or it did not. The Blue Devils' worst failed drive was only 33 yards. FIU on the other hand had failed drived of 60 and 44 yards. The turnover battle was even too. Duke really put the bend in "bend but don't break" defense.

 

The Maryland Terrapins beat Townson, 28-3. I did not and will not watch this game, so Testudo Times' recap and game balls will have to suffice. 

GT NCSU
Yards/Play 6.6 5.2
Plays 64 74
GT outgained NCSU by 25% per play
Avg Field Position GT 37 NCSU 27

Georgia Tech beat the N.C. State team missing virtually all defensive players about like we expected, 45-35. N.C. State was again left to play offensive walk-ons on the defensive line. Yes, walk-ons who normally play offense were playing defensive line and attempting to defend the GT triple option. Here are your N.C. State thoughts. Pretty comprehensive there. 

Tech actually held a 42-14 lead at one point int his game with 10 minutes left. After that, they seemed to really shut it down mentally and got a bit sloppy. Early in the game, though, I really thought the 19-play, 9-minute, 81-yard drive ending in no points for N.C. State really took the wind out of the Wolfpack's sails.  

Miami defeated Bethune Cookman and it was a struggle for much of the game. This is the crowd at 12 minutes before kickoff:

via Tim Reynolds

How can Miami be making money here? Oh yeah, they were smart enough to flee the big east and cash in on that ACC contract.

Idaho UVA
Yards/Play 4.1 5.5
Plays 72 91
UVA outgained Idaho by 34% per play
Avg Field Position Idaho 31 UVA 25

The Virginia Cavaliers needed overtime to defeat Idaho after jumping out to a solid lead and then playing poorly down the stretch. What an ugly game this was, as the teams combined to score a touchdown on only two of eight redzone trips. Yikes! UVA definitely outplayed Idaho in this one and had two drives of over 65 yards that did not end in points. I'm not sure what is going on, but UVA is rotating two quarterbacks. It doesn't really seem to be working and they didn't help as UVA was -1 in the turnover battle. Nole fans should still not see UVA as a threat and this should be a fine opponent for senior day come late November.

Bama UF
Yards/Play 5.7 4.3
Plays 65 52
Bama outgained UF by 33% per play
Avg Field Position Ala 36 UF 24

And finally, the Gators. Alabama stomped UF 38-10 in the Swamp. It was the largest home loss for UF since the Ron Zook era. John Brantley sustained a severe high ankle sprain that will see him miss this weekend and perhaps the rest of October. UF's young secondary has some growing up to do, for sure. I think they'll get Brantley back after October and it is going to be very tough to evaluate this team as Driskel isn't anywhere close to being ready to win games for UF. Field position was huge in this one. 

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