The Florida State Seminoles and fans have been waiting long enough— three weeks to be exact, for FSU football. The ’Noles kick off its home opener against NC State on Saturday in what is expected to be an intriguing matchup.
For the first time since 1985, Florida State is sending out a true freshman quarterback to start a football game. James Blackman only enrolled at Florida State in May but due to the injury of Deondre Francois, now sees himself manning the Seminoles offense.
On the other sideline, NC State redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Finley will get his second career start against the ’Noles. In the 2016 matchup, the Boise State transfer threw for 304 yards on 25-41 passing with one touchdown and an interception. Finley’s biggest threat on Saturday will be the deep ball. Florida State had trouble defending the deep ball in its season opener vs. Alabama.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: Noon ET
- Location: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.
- TV: ABC/ESPN2
- Streaming: WatchESPN
- Listen: Local Tallahassee 103.1 FM, click here for a full list of affiliates
- Satellite Radio: Sirius 112, XM 81
- Odds: Florida State is a 11 point favorite. The over/under is at 50 points.
A Florida State loss would mark the first time since 1974 that the ’Noles were winless after Week 4 of the college football season. Putting circumstances to the side, the last time FSU started a season 0-2 was back in 1989.
While you’re waiting for the game, check out the plethora of Tomahawk Nation content:
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