Noles News 09.19: Florida State Prepares For Clemson

FSU plays in the nation's biggest game this week. That means it gets the Shutdown Fullback treatment. Also, tons of good Florida State links and links on the 'Noles' opponents.

Previewing ACC football! It's kind of like previewing a surprise hipster fencing match!

Watch as Florida State's Bjoern Werner reveals himself to be some sort of terrifying ancient German druid, an overwhelmed citizen tries to explain Chad Morris' offense, and the never-ending debate over whether FSU or Clemson is more Clemson is not at all resolved ha ha of course not, and we'll also pick some of this week's other really big games like Arizona-Oregon (awwww!) and Michigan-Notre Dame (zzzzzzz!).

(This is where the 20 or so of you who hate the show let us know in the comment section while the silent majority flock to it weekly).

Montravius Adams To Visit Florida State For Clemson Game -
Top defensive tackle recruit Montravius Adams will visit Florida State for the Clemson Game. He also updates his thoughts on Auburn, Alabama and Michigan State.

Final Thoughts: Wake Forest vs. Florida State - Blogger So Dear

To put it simply, the Deacons were outmatched in every single facet of the game Saturday on the field. Florida State is the bigger, faster, stronger, and more talented team in nearly every single position. The 52-0 result is exactly what I would expect from a talent deficit this wide between two teams.

I'm sure many are thinking that the talent gap has been this wide the past few years, but I promise you that when Florida State is at full strength or near full-strength, as they were yesterday, there is no comparison between Wake Forest and FSU. I hate to say that because I have the utmost respect for all of the football players on this Wake Forest football team, but sometimes you have to face facts, tip your hat to the other team and say job well done.

The discipline and focus displayed by the Seminoles yesterday was a far cry from the mistake prone team that limped into Groves Stadium last season and allowed big play after big play. They stuffed the DeAndre Martin pass, they stuffed the Camp pass, they stuffed the zone reads, they stopped every single thing that Coach Lobotzke threw at them because they were well-coached, stayed at home and did their job.

That is the best way to stop an offense that is as frenzied and hectic as the Wake Forest offense is. I hope the Wake defense learned a good lesson because they will need to do it this week against an Army team that runs the wishbone/flexbone veer option attack led by Trent Streelman.

Notre Dame, Florida State can prove they're finally 'back' - Stewart Mandel -

No. 4 Florida State, on the other hand, requires no such patience. Its toughest test to date -- and possibly the highest-ranked opponent it will face all season -- comes Saturday when No. 10 Clemson visits Tallahassee.

Following a pair of tuneups against Murray State and Savannah State, the 'Noles finally faced a legitimate opponent last weekend in Wake Forest. Florida State proceeded to treat the Demon Deacons just the same as Murray State and Savannah State in a 52-0 whitewashing.

Wake Forest, mind you, had won four of its last six meetings with FSU and was coming off a 28-27 win over North Carolina. Deacons quarterback Tanner Price went 27-of-38 for 327 yards in that game against the Tar Heels. On Saturday, however, FSU's touted defense was even better than advertised. Relentless pressure from 'Noles defensive ends Tank Carradine (2.5 sacks) and Bjoern Werner (1.5 sacks) helped hold Price to 8-of-22 for 82 yards, and Wake managed just 126 total yards on the day.

Meanwhile, running back Chris Thompson -- who suffered a season-ending injury in the same game last year, breaking two vertebrae -- made a dazzling return, breaking second-quarter touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards.

"It was impressive watching them play today," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said of the 'Noles. "This is a really, really special football team."

On Saturday, Florida State's loaded defense will look to shut down Clemson's explosive offense, which has now regained the services of suspended star Sammy Watkins (he had a 58-yard run against Furman). But the real intrigue may be whether quarterback E.J. Manuel, whose services have barely been required thus far, can play a consistent game against a BCS bowl-caliber opponent.

From a national standpoint, beating Clemson doesn't hold the same water as beating Alabama or LSU, but thanks to those ever-generous preseason rankings, the 'Noles are already within two poll spots of Les Miles' Tigers. If FSU wins Saturday, it may essentially be "back" before we know for certain whether that's accurate. If nothing else, perhaps the 'Noles will manage to ride that momentum longer than USC did.

The Fifth Quarter: Week 3 Rewind | CollegeFootballTalk

They’re, ummm, back?
OK, this time we really mean it. We think. No. 5 Florida State is back. Maybe. Preseason after preseason for the past several years, prognosticators would predict this would be the year the Seminoles returned to national prominence, only to see FSU trip and stumble all over themselves on its way to a fair-to-middlin season. Based on the annihilation of vexing nemesis Wake Forest, that may very well be the case. The 52-0 woodshedding of the Demon Deacons — attempting to drop FSU for the fifth time in seven years — wasn’t even remotely as close as the final score would indicate as the ‘Noles were in control in every aspect of the game. Standing at 3-0 on the young season, the Seminoles have reached that rarefied air for the first time since 2005 — the last time, ironically enough, FSU captured an ACC crown. While there is still a ways to go, and knowing full well how the last several seasons have played out, there’s still time for the ‘Noles to poop itself. For the time being, though, if it walks like a national title contender, talks like a national title contender…

aWAKEn The Post-Game: FSU Edition " aWAKEthesideline
This is from a guy who blocked Werner and Carradine last year. Good read.

Rutgers 23 South Florida 13 - Rutgers Answers Questions, Time For USF To Question The Answers - Big East Coast Bias

UConn Huskies 24, Maryland Terrapins 21: Stock Report and Helmet Stickers - Testudo Times

Alabama buries another victim, vows to kill again - Sunday Morning Quarterback
Yeah... FSU needs to focus on the conference title.

Reaction Time: Big Ten's burning - Sunday Morning Quarterback

Florida State has an offense. (Or does it?) The same asterisk that goes next to Texas' big night also applies to Florida State's 612-yard, 52-point outburst against Wake Forest, which could have easily been much, much worse if FSU had kept the throttle down in the second half. (Tailback Chris Thompson didn't touch the ball at all after racking up 197 yards on just nine carries in the first half, most of them coming on back-to-back touchdown runs covering 75 and 80 yards, respectively, in the second quarter.) Unlike, say, Ole Miss, Wake Forest has not been a notable bastion of defensive suck over the past few years. But we still don't know what we don't know: Until we see the notoriously fickle 'Noles put the pieces together over multiple games against something better than token resistance – against Clemson, for example, next weekend – the jury is out, and frankly still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Stanford, Notre Dame rise in college football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

No, Wake Forest is not an elite team. Not even close. So why did the Seminoles get the big bump after pounding the Demon Deacons? Because in the past few years, this was the type of game Florida State wouldn't have taken seriously. The Seminoles would have struggled early, and they might have won or they might not. Saturday, Florida State was dialed in completely. The defense will have to maintain that level this week against Clemson, which has more playmakers than any other team on Florida State's schedule.

Week 3 Recap (9/16) — The Solid Verbal
Ty and Dan delve into all the Week 3 actions, including Notre Dame’s impressive showing in East Lansing, Florida’s offensive explosion, and Stanford’s upset of highly-ranked USC. Plus, listener Reverbs. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:06:09 — 15.3MB)

Grading the Canes: Bethune-Cookman | Eye on the U
Since Bethune-Cookman is a Football Championship Subdivision team, I'm treating this week's report card more like a quarterly progress report. No grades. Just notes/observations.

Game Film Review: Ball State - Shakin The Southland Read the summary, if nothing else. Big work.

Tigers handle Furman 41-7 - Shakin The Southland
I look for Florida State to target Nick O'Leary a lot this week based on STS' eval of their coverage.

Podcast: Florida State and Clemson set for ACC showdown
Bud Elliott of Florida State site joins managing editor Allen Kenney for a podcast to preview the Seminoles' game this weekend with ACC rival Clemson.

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Hokies Embarrassed by Panthers - Gobbler Country
Dear god. Really? An 18-point loss to a 0-2 team that lost to Youngstown State. Join me, if you want to relive the agony.

Florida Vs. Tennessee, Rapid Recap: Gators' Second Half Surge Leads To 37-20 Rout - Alligator Army
Excellent breakdown

Should Spaziani Be Fired Midseason? Will He Be? - BC Interruption

Eagle in Atlanta -- Second viewing thoughts and grade report: Northwestern

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