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Gameday Central: Florida State at Wake Forest


Streeter Lecka


Florida State (8-0) at Wake Forest (4-5) 12:00 PM ET

Watch: ABC: Unfortunately if you're in Big 12 country, you don't get the game. Map here.

Listen: 'Nole Radio Affiliates, Wake Radio Affiliates

Weather: Chilly, 52 degrees at kickoff, warming up to a balmy 55 by the end of the game. Clear skies, wind SSW 9 mph.

The Spread: Florida State is a 34.5 or 35 point favorite.

Florida State, should they win out, will be in the BCS National Title game. Quarterback Jameis Winston is now the odds on favorite to win the Heisman. What an impact a single upset on a Thursday night in November can have. Such is life in the BCS, even in its final year.

Next up for the 'Noles is the Demon Deacons. The 'Noles are an overwhelming favorite. The last time the 'Noles had a spread like this, they scored 35 unanswered points in the first quarter.

Will Wake Forest employ Miami's tactics? Will they drop 7-8 into coverage and try to make Winston throw underneath routes? Possible. The difference, if Wake drops that many into coverage, FSU's run game could deliver big plays and quickly. Wake doesn't have the same size up front to at least mitigate the damage.

Wake's offense struggled badly against Syracuse. The Deacon's best offensive player, WR Campanaro, was lost due to injury for the season in the first quarter. If Wake has not found any answers on offense, things could get out of control and quickly. The defense might be sound, but it will be difficult to maintain with a struggling offense. If the 'Noles are focused, this game should be in garbage time before the 4th quarter.

Game Coverage

Preview and Prediction

Opponent Blogger Q&A with Blogger So Dear

Wake Forest loses WR Campanaro for the season

Tomahawk Nation Podcast: After Miami

Florida State at Wake Forest Game Thread

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter/Halftime

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

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The best thing that can be said about the afternoon games is that they are football games. Michigan and Nebraska both have the name recognition and they play each other. Michigan lost to Penn State and Nebraska lost to Minnesota. But we'll watch because MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA. Duke vs NC State doesn't sound that great. But this isn't your grandfather's Duke. Or, like, your kid brother's Duke. The Blue Devils are 6-2 and favored by 9.5 over the Wolfpack. You read that right.

At 7:00 PM, things get a bit more interesting. Miami, after being crushed by the 'Noles, plays a struggling Virginia Tech team. If Miami loses, the ACC Coastal division becomes a complete mess. VT would have the tie breaker over Miami but still would not guarantee a championship trip. Yep, potential chaos. Oh, a bit later, LSU travels to Alabama. A lot of 'Nole fans are pretty sure that they, "WANT BAMA!" Well, for that to happen, Bama has to keep on winning.* LSU, The Hat, Saban, Bama undefeated, title on the line. Yeah, should probably watch this one.

All games, times, and network information:

Noon ET Western Kentucky, 5-4 Army, 3-6 CBSSN
Noon ET SMU, 3-4 Cincinnati, 6-2 ESPN Regional,
Noon ET Vanderbilt, 4-4 Florida, 4-4 FSN
Noon ET TCU, 3-6 Iowa State, 1-7 FSN
Noon ET No. 8 Missouri, 8-1 Kentucky, 2-6 ESPNU
Noon ET UAB, 2-6 Marshall, 5-3 CSS
Noon ET Penn State, 5-3 Minnesota, 7-2 ESPN2
Noon ET Iowa, 5-4 Purdue, 1-7 Big Ten Network
Noon ET No. 9 Auburn, 8-1 Tennessee, 4-5 ESPN
Noon ET Kansas State, 4-4 No. 25 Texas Tech, 7-2 ABC
Noon ET No. 2 Florida State, 8-0 Wake Forest, 4-5 ABC
12:21 p.m. ET Arkansas, 3-6 Ole Miss, 5-3 SEC Network,
12:30 p.m. ET Appalachian State, 2-7 Georgia, 5-3 WSB-TV,
12:30 p.m. ET Virginia, 2-7 North Carolina, 3-5 ACC Network
1 p.m. ET Western Michigan, 1-8 Eastern Michigan, 1-8
2 p.m. ET Tulane, 6-3 UTSA, 4-5
3 p.m. ET USC, 6-3 California, 1-8 FOX
3:30 p.m. ET Nevada, 3-6 Colorado State, 4-5 Mountain West Network
3:30 p.m. ET Illinois, 3-5 Indiana, 3-5 Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET Syracuse, 4-4 Maryland, 5-3 Regional Sports Net, MSG
3:30 p.m. ET Nebraska, 6-2 Michigan, 6-2 ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Hawaii, 0-8 Navy, 4-4 CBSSN
3:30 p.m. ET Boston College, 4-4 New Mexico State, 1-8 AggieVision,
3:30 p.m. ET UTEP, 1-7 North Texas, 6-3 CSS
3:30 p.m. ET Mississippi State, 4-4 No. 15 Texas A&M, 7-2 CBS
3:30 p.m. ET BYU, 6-2 No. 24 Wisconsin, 6-2 ESPN
3:45 p.m. ET Tulsa, 2-6 East Carolina, 6-2 FSN
4 p.m. ET NC State, 3-5 Duke, 6-2 ESPNU
4 p.m. ET FIU, 1-7 Middle Tennessee, 5-4 FOX College Sports
4 p.m. ET Kansas, 2-6 No. 14 Oklahoma State, 7-1 Fox Sports 1
4 p.m. ET No. 22 Arizona State, 6-2 Utah, 4-4 Pac-12 Networks
4:30 p.m. ET Tennessee-Martin, 6-3 Memphis, 1-6
5 p.m. ET Old Dominion, 6-3 Idaho, 1-8
7 p.m. ET Southern Miss, 0-8 Louisiana Tech, 3-5 CBS SN
7 p.m. ET Virginia Tech, 6-3 No. 11 Miami, 7-1 ESPN
7 p.m. ET Houston, 7-1 No. 21 UCF, 6-1 ESPN2
7 p.m. ET Arkansas State, 4-4 ULM, 5-4
7 p.m. ET Texas, 6-2 West Virginia, 4-5 FOX
8 p.m. ET No. 13 LSU, 7-2 No. 1 Alabama, 8-0 CBS
8 p.m. ET No. 23 Notre Dame, 7-2 Pittsburgh, 4-4 ABC
8 p.m. ET Utah State, 5-4 UNLV, 5-4 ESPNU
8 p.m. ET Colorado, 3-5 Washington, 5-3 Pac-12 Networks
10 p.m. ET No. 19 UCLA, 6-2 Arizona, 6-2 ESPN
10:15 p.m. ET No. 16 Fresno State, 8-0 Wyoming, 4-4 ESPN Network, Mountain West Network
10:30 p.m. ET San Diego State, 4-4 San Jose State, 5-3 CBS SN

*If Alabama does slip up along the way, the chant officially becomes, "WE WANT BUCKEYES!"