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Florida State football opponent recap: Week 3

How did FSU’s opponents fare this past weekend?

Boston College v Virginia Tech
We feel your pain, BC
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This is our weekly recap of FSU opponent performances over the previous weekend. Week three saw a slight drop-off in favorable outcomes from weeks past, but hey I’m not sure FSU can complain after not quite holding up its end of the bargain.

Ole Miss (1-2): Lost 48-43 to Alabama

This might have looked familiar to any FSU fans watching. The Rebels blew a 21-point lead at home to the Tide, despite a furious comeback at the very end in which Ole Miss scored with three minutes to play, recovered an onside kick, and then scored again to cut the deficit to the ultimate final score. Chad Kelly remains less-than-reliable when tasked with keeping the football in his team’s possession. Ole Miss takes on Georgia in Week Four.

Charleston Southern (1-2): Solid outing vs. Bye, surrendering no points

Louisville (3-0): nope no nothing to see here

USF (3-0): Won at Syracuse 45-20

Another impressive win for the Bulls, who stand in the on-deck circle for Florida State. South Florida overcame an early deficit to turn in a convincing performance on the road. Quinton Flowers and Marlon Mack present a similar backfield rushing attack to that which the ‘Noles saw last Saturday, so yeah let’s hope some things get figured out right quick.

North Carolina (2-1): Won 56-28 vs. James Madison

Carolina pulled away from the Dukes in a shootout in which Mitch Trubisky looked the part, going 24-27 for 432 yards and three touchdowns. The Tar Heels will host Pitt next week in an important Coastal battle. UNC still gave up 209 rushing yards.

Miami (3-0): Won 45-10 at Appalachian State

All of the hype surrounding the showdown in Boone was for naught, as Miami jumped on the Mountaineers early and were never seriously threatened. The running game again looked good, and Richt included some RPO action that everyone but FSU seems to love so much. The ‘Canes draw Bye next week, and then face their daunting October slate: At Georgia Tech, vs. FSU, vs. North Carolina, at Virginia Tech (Thursday), and at Notre Dame. The Hurricanes do look better equipped to face this gauntlet than most would have believed at the start of the season, but it’s still unkind.

Wake Forest (3-0): Won 38-21 vs. Delaware

Good: Wake Forest is 3-0, y’all.

Bad: Kendall Hinton hurt his knee and will miss 2-4 weeks. His backup is not particularly great.

Something: Wake travels to Indiana next week. If they win, they’ll probably make a bowl game, which would be huge for them.

Bye: Performed better on defense against Chuck South than FSU did

Clemson (3-0): Won 59-0 vs. South Carolina State

That’s more like it. The Tigers finally looked like they’re supposed to against lesser competition. This play sums up the day for SC State. Clemson will take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta this Thursday ahead of the October 1st showdown at home against Louisville.

North Carolina State (2-1): Won 49-22 vs. Old Dominion

The Wolfpack bounced back from a tough loss at ECU by defeating Old Dominion’s Monarchs in Raleigh. Ryan Finley and Matt Dayes were fine. It’s a daunting test at Bye for the ‘Pack next week, followed by an in-state battle with the heretofore undefeated Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Boston College (1-2): Lost 49-0 at Virginia Tech

Well then. This was the worst BC loss of the ACC era and the second-worst defeat in its history. But, Mike Knoll did set Boston College’s single game punting record! So that’s something! Back-to-back games at home against Wagner and Buffalo should also help ease the pain.

Syracuse (1-2): Lost 45-20 vs. USF

From the opposing perspective of that presented above, this was not a good loss for our friends in Central New York. The Orange jumped on the Bulls to go up 17-0, and were then promptly smoked 45-3 in front of their home crowd at the Carrier Dome. The defense looked real, real bad again, particularly in the secondary. Eric Dungey’s stats were still pretty good again, but he turned the ball over and got hit a bunch, despite not attempting to hurdle anyone this week (to my knowledge). Syracuse needs him to survive or things are going to get even worse.

Florida (3-0): Won 32-0 vs. North Texas

Much like Wake Forest (look, gotta use that comparison when you have it), the Gators notched a win, but also suffered a loss. The quarterback of the river was injured on a low hit, and it’s reported that an MCL sprain will keep him out for two weeks. Florida ran the ball effectively, and don’t look now, but they’re currently sporting the nation’s best defense by S&P+. The Gators will travel to Knoxville this Saturday for an encounter that may not be aesthetically pleasing.