- Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel explains how the Florida State defense, which currently is ranked No. 19 in rushing defense, will be tested on Saturday against Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech runs the ball an average of 50.86 times a game, using mobile quarterback Justin Thomas and a slew of running back and fullbacks to attack both the interior and exterior of defenses. That is what makes the Yellow Jackets more dangerous than their record indicates. Coach Paul Johnson forces opponents to play assignment-sound football for four quarters with the intent to either break a team's confidence with one inside dive after another or to break off big plays stemming from option runs by the quarterback or play-action passes if teams over-commit.
- With seven weeks in the books, here's ESPN's look back at the best and worst things of the first half of the 2015 season. With regard to the Seminoles, there's a few award competitors and a top freshman in the garnet and gold, as well as a notable tweet from the FSU Football twitter account.
- Pat Forde analyzes a very tight playoff race at the midpoint of the season, even including the Seminoles in the conversation, in his weekly college football wrap-up column.
Unlike fellow ACC unbeaten Clemson, the Seminoles do have another major opportunity on the schedule beyond that meeting in Death Valley on Nov. 7. The season-ending game against Florida is a big one as well. But it will be November before Florida State plays its first ranked opponent. FSU almost certainly will need to complete a third straight unbeaten season to get in the playoff.
Interesting tidbit from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's weekly press conference:
Clemson's Swinney asked to compare Fournette to Cook: "It's like comparing Jameis Winston to Marcus Marriotta. Both great, I'm taking Cook."— Eric Boynton (@ericjboynton) October 20, 2015
Recruiting: I think it's safe to say that 2017 4* CB William Poole III greatly enjoyed his visit to Florida State at least according to his talk with Woody Wommack of Rivals ($)
"The environment in the stadium was the best experience that I've ever had on a college visit," Poole said. "It's literally breathtaking. Once the band started playing, the fans feet started stomping that ground, and those hands started chopping. I completely fell in love with FSU."