- ESPN's Jared Shanker poses the question of just how far Dalvin Cook can carry Florida State this season. Jimbo Fisher, who has never been one to utilize a run-heavy offense, has shown that he is willing to rely heavily on Cook. However, as the season progresses and the competition gets tougher, will he continue to feed Cook the ball if the run game is not working?
Cook is getting used to establishing milestones in Tallahassee. He was the first FSU freshman to surpass the 1,000-yard milestone. Not since 2002 had a Florida State running back handled a load of at least 30 carries, but Cook did it once as a freshman and then again on Saturday.
In Fisher's eight-plus seasons at Florida State, a running back other than Cook carried the ball at least 25 times in a game only seven times. It didn't happen in 2007, 2013 or 2014, nor did it occur in 2002, 2003 or 2006 when Fisher was LSU's offensive coordinator. Thirty-two is the most carries Fisher ever gave one of his running backs (Joseph Addai, 2005), and over the course of a season the most is 230 (LaBrandon Toefield, 2001). Cook is averaging 24.5 carries per game, and if he plays 13 this season he will run through that record like a USF cornerback.
- Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post relays Fisher's answer when asked about how hard it can be to not lose your cool on the sideline during a game. Although Fisher has had fiery moments, particularly with Jameis Winston, he has never lost his cool like UF coach Jim McElwain did last Saturday.
- Chip Patterson named Dalvin Cook the CBS Sports National Player of the Week, even going so far as to say that FSU may not have prevailed over USF without Cook's efforts.
- Dan Rubin, writer for Boston College's SB Nation site BC Interruption, previews this Friday's game between the Seminoles and the Eagles. Boston College has not won against Florida State since 2009, Bobby Bowden's final season, but they did put up one of the few mildly successful fights against FSU in 2013, the last time that the two teams met in Chestnut Hill.
Recruiting: According to multiple reports, FSU commit Malik Henry, the #3 pro-style QB in the class of 2016, has been cleared to begin playing at Long Beach Polytechnic High School for the remainder of his senior season.