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Florida State football opponent recap: Week 2

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Our weekly look at FSU’s opponents

Troy v Clemson Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images

Each week we’ll recap what Florida State’s opponents did over the weekend past. Week Two again saw mostly positive returns from FSU opponents, but yeah, we’ll get to Clemson, NC State, and Syracuse.

Ole Miss: Won 38-13 vs. Wofford

The Rebels bounced back from an opening weekend defeat at the hands of your Seminoles, knocking off Wofford at home. Much like FSU’s effort against Charleston Southern, this was largely a ho-hum affair for Ole Miss on five days’ rest after an emotional opener. It appears that the highly-touted Shea Patterson will redshirt. Receiver D.K. Metcalf also broke his foot and will miss the rest of the season. The Rebels host Alabama in Week Three.

Charleston Southern: You’re aware

Louisville: Won at Syracuse 62-28

The Cards followed up last weekend’s impressive performance with yet another in the Carrier Dome. Lamar Jackson is quite the football player, throwing for over 400 yards and running for 199. The sign of a good team is demolishing those you’re supposed to, as FSU learned in 2013. Both Louisville and FSU’s Seminoles have been impressive enough to date to earn a visit from College GameDay on Saturday, made even more impressive by the fact that this game was slated for a noon kickoff.

USF: Won 48-17 vs. Northern Illinois

Speaking of impressive wins, the Bulls notched one against Northern Illinois in Tampa in Week Two. Quinton Flowers threw for a career-high 350 yards, completing 21 of 33 attempts. South Florida managed this beatdown without Marlon Mack, and his backup Darius Tice ran for 120 yards. USF travels to Syracuse in Week Three before welcoming the ‘Noles to Tampa.

North Carolina: Won 48-23 at Illinois

Mitch Trubisky improved on a somewhat disappointing opening day in the Georgia Dome, going 19-24 for 265 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, adding two rushing touchdowns. The Heels also remembered that they have an Elijah Hood, who had 88 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The run defense looked shaky again at times, though. The Tar Heels will return home to take on James Madison this weekend.

Miami: Won 38-10 vs. FAU

Despite two early interceptions from Brad Kaaya, the Hurricanes were able to pull away from the Owls and move to 2-0. Mark Walton ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns, and Joe Yearby added 123 yards of his own on the ground. The ‘Canes will make everyone’s favorite road trip to Boone, NC, for a nooner at Appalachian State. Miami is a 3.5-point favorite over the Mountaineers.

Wake Forest: Won 24-14 at Duke

Well look at you, Demon Deacons. Wake Forest moved to 2-0 after going to Durham and taking down the Blue Devils in what Blogger So Dear labeled Dave Clawson’s biggest win of his tenure. It now looks entirely possible, if not downright likely, that the Deacs will make a bowl game in 2016. #goaccAtlantic

Bye: Another strong performance in remaining undefeated

Clemson: Won 30-24 vs. Troy

This one wasn’t pretty. The Tigers flat-out struggled all afternoon against Troy in the home opener at Death Valley, ultimately holding on to win. Deshaun Watson has yet to look like himself, and the offensive line is really struggling. The start has Bill C wondering what’s wrong with Clemson? The sluggish start really is reminiscent of what Florida experienced in ‘09, FSU dealt with in ‘14, and Ohio State faced in ‘15. And yes, both Bill and I are very much aware that Clemson did not win the national title game as those other examples did.

North Carolina State: Lost 33-30 at East Carolina

Playing at ECU: Generally a terrible idea. The ‘Pack proved that yet again on Saturday, and Backing The Pack is not happy with Dave Doeren. NC State fell behind early but rallied in a back and forth game, ultimately falling to a tough pass interference call in the endzone that lead to ECU’s winning score. The Wolfpack will try to get back on track against Old Dominion next weekend ahead of a bye week.

Boston College: Won 26-7 vs. UMASS

The Eagles took the battle for the soul of Massachusetts in Foxboro over UMASS. After giving up a long early passing TD, it was all BC with 26 unanswered points. The defense looked strong again, and Patrick Towles fared much better than he did in the opener in Ireland. The Eagles will take on the Wagner Seahawks and the Buffalo Bulls over the next two weeks before facing Clemson.

Syracuse: Lost 62-28 vs. Louisville

The aforementioned Cardinals laid waste to our friends in orange at home. Hopefully the ‘Noles will fare better against Lamar Jackson than the Orange did, as Dino Babers called him the fastest player on the field for either team. The offense did have its bright moments, though. Babers does appear to be building something formidable on that side of the ball in Central New York. The Orange host USF at 3:30 on Saturday in a game of interest to Florida State fans.

Florida: Won 45-7 vs. Kentucky

The Gators may have hammered the final nail into Mark Stoops’s coffin with a demolition of the Cats at the Swamp. Florida out-gained Kentucky 564-149 for their 30th consecutive win over Kentucky. That is quite a sentence. Luke of the River threw a competent deep ball that I saw with my own eyes. This was a shellacking in the trenches, and the Wildcats looked hapless a week after falling at home to Southern Miss. On the bright side, someone is going to pick up a pretty good defensive coordinator this coming off-season.