Florida State opponent happenings

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

FSU has 9 games remaining on its regular season schedule. Here are some news updates and interesting tidbits on those remaining opponents:

Boston College:

Boston College is Florida State's next opponent, and it's second ACC matchup of the season. The game takes place this upcoming Saturday (9/28) at 3:30 p.m. in Chestnut Hill.

The Eagles had a bye week this past week, giving them extra time to prepare for the 'Noles. However, Boston College is a 22-point home underdog versus FSU.

There really isn't much intriguing news going on with Boston College football. Right now, the Eagles are fighting an ongoing protest by PETA for using their new live eagle mascot (it has yet to be named). PETA is actually pushing for a full-on federal investigation.

Maryland:

Maryland is set to visit the 'Noles on October 5th (time TBA). The Terrapins are coming off a big shutout win against West Virginia. After that win, Maryland received some votes in the AP and Coaches' Polls.

This is the first time since 2001 that the Terrapins have started their season 4-0.

Junior defensive back, A.J. Hendy, has been impressive in the past two games, receiving honors for both performances.

The Terps always seem to sport interesting uniforms. Their hand-painted game helmets are on auction right now. The highest current bid is $1,500. Not important, just entertaining.

Maryland will get a bye week this week.

Clemson:

This is maybe the best opponent the Seminoles will face in the regular season. They travel to Clemson on October 19th (time TBA). The Tigers eluded N.C. State last Thursday with a 26-14 win in Raleigh. Clemson fans were not too happy with that game.

The Tigers are struggling with multiple injuries. A couple of weeks ago, starting wide receiver, Charone Peake (considered by many to be their #2 WR), tore his ACL. He's out for the season. Linebacker, Kellen Jones, has reportedly torn his ACL, and will have to miss the remainder of the season. This might free up playing time for Florida native, and former 5-star linebacker, Tony Steward, to see some action. Another highly touted Florida native, MacKensie Alexander, is reportedly having surgery on Thursday. It isn't season-ending, however. It will most likely put him out for a few weeks.

Another player will also not be available to play Saturday for the Tigers. His name is Isaiah Battle, and he got suspended one game for delivering a Mayweather uppercut to an N.C. State safety last week.

On a more somber note, back-up defensive tackle, Carlos Watkins, survived a deadly car accident over the weekend. The good news is that he is reportedly in O.K. shape physically.

Clemson will face Wake Forest this upcoming Saturday (9/28).

NC State:

N.C. State will no doubt be a revenge game for the 'Noles. No need to rehash the past, though. Focusing on current news...

As previously mentioned, the Wolfpack suffered a close loss to the Clemson Tigers last Thursday night. Here are some post game thoughts from our friends at backingthepack.com.

According to N.C. State's official football Twitter, wide-receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and defensive end, Darryl Cato-Bishop, are both questionable with injuries.

Brandon Mitchell, who was the Pack's starting quarterback in their first game against Louisiana Tech, suffered a left foot fracture in that same game. However, he is expected to miss six weeks -- meaning he might be ready to play when the Wolfpack come to Tallahassee to face FSU. It is mainly speculation at this point; nevertheless, it is something to pay attention to. As long as N.C. State brings this guy to Tallahassee, 'Noles fans are sure to be happy.

N.C. State will host Central Michigan this upcoming Saturday (9/28).

Miami:

This is perhaps the most attractive home game of the year for the Seminoles. Miami will face FSU on November 2nd. The Hurricanes are coming off a strong showing last week after beating down the FCS Savannah State Tigers 77-7. There were plenty of positives to take from that game, but a few negatives also followed: starting quarterback, Stephen Morris, left the field in the first quarter with an undisclosed leg injury. Starting running back, Duke Johnson, also left the game in the first quarter with an injury. Both players are expected to play next week.

In the latest AP and Coaches' poll, Miami has jumped up to #15. The 'Canes are steadily climbing, and this is their first 3-0 start since 2004.

Miami is also looking good on the recruiting trail. Check out their latest recruiting ranking on ESPN. And yeah, take note of FSU's ranking as well. Make sure to keep up with our ongoing coverage of FSU recruiting, too.

Take a quick look at Miami's depth chart. It will look a little different this upcoming Saturday (9/28) when they face South Florida.

Wake Forest:

Wake Forest will play host to FSU on November 9th. The Demon Deacons come off a somewhat ugly 25-11 win against Army.

In that win, starting nose tackle, Nikita Whitlock, recorded 14 tackles (7 solo) -- the most by a Wake Forest defender since 2009. Whitlock's performance also earned him ACC co-defensive player of the week.

Clemson quarterback, Tajh Boyd, has offered some advice to the Wake Forest offense.

Wake Forest will have to travel to Clemson to play Tajh Boyd and his Tigers this upcoming Saturday (9/28).

Syracuse:

Syracuse will have to wait until November 16th before playing Florida State. The Orange started the season 0-2, but have since improved to 2-2. They trounced Tulane last weekend 52-17.

The play of the game might have been this one-handed touchdown catch by Syracuse running back, Jerome Smith.

Starting kicker, Ross Krautman (nicknamed "Das Boot") will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to a hip injury requiring surgery.

There is some excitement surrounding the Syracuse football team, even if it is from eighty-two-year-old former coach, Dick MacPherson.

Syracuse gets a bye week this week before welcoming Clemson to the Carrier Dome on October 5th.

Idaho:

Many people consider the Idaho matchup to be a tune-up game for FSU before the following week's game versus Florida. This is true. Idaho is sitting at 0-4 right now -- coming off a 42 point shutout loss to Washington State.

Keep an eye on wide receiver, Dezmon Epps. He is on the Biletnikoff Watch List.

After leaving the Western Athletic Conference last year and becoming independent this season, the Idaho football team will join the Sun-Belt Conference in 2014 as a football-only member.

Idaho will play its homecoming game against Temple this upcoming Saturday (9/28).

Florida:

Florida State will have to travel to Gainesville this year to face Florida on November 30th. There is always a ton of anticipation and excitement surrounding that annual rivalry matchup. This year will be no different. The Gators are coming off a 31-17 win against Tennessee

The biggest news surrounding the Gators this week: starting quarterback, Jeff Driskel, broke his fibula last weekend. It's a 4-6 month recovery. For the time being, Tyler Murphy steps in as the starter for the Gators.

Former UF head coach, and current South Carolina head coach, Steve Spurrier had good things to say about Tyler Murphy.

Cornerback, Brian Poole, will miss the first half of Florida's next game. He was ejected in the game versus Tennessee for targeting.

There are some recently reported injuries for Florida: defensive tackle, Leon Orr. He could return to practice either Tuesday or Wednesday. Starting cornerback, Loucheiz Purifoy left Saturday's game with an injured thigh. He should be good to go Saturday. Starting right guard, Jon Halapio, suffered an eye contusion versus Tennessee. He should also be good to go Saturday.

Sophomore defender, Dante Fowler Jr., earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Tennessee.

The Gators are having some troubles with their kicking game.

There are some rumors floating around about head coach, Will Muschamp, being pursued for the Texas head coaching position (even though it's not technically an open position yet). Just rumors.

Florida will travel north this upcoming weekend (9/28) to face Mark Stoops' Kentucky Wildcats.

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