Florida State football is looking to get back on track against Northern Illinois on Saturday. The Seminoles are 1-2 on the young season coming off a hopeless 30-7 loss at Syracuse.
On the other side of the ball, Northern Illinois is coming into the matchup fresh off its first victory of the season, against Central Michigan. The Huskies dropped their first two games of the season against Power 5 opponents Iowa and Utah by scores of 33-7 and 17-6, respectively.
Time, TV channel, streaming info
- Time: 3:30 PM ET
- Location: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
- TV: ESPNU PBP: Mark Neely Analyst: John Congemi Sidelines: Edward Aschoff
- Streaming: WatchESPN
- Listen: Local Tallahassee 103.1 FM, PBP: Gene Deckerhoff Analyst: William Floyd Sidelines: Tom Block, click here for a full list of affiliates
- Satellite Radio: Sirius 111, XM 201
- Weather: 89 degrees, partly cloudy. Heat index of 94.
The Seminoles continue to struggle offensively, scoring just 10 combined points against its two Power 5 opponents. Its offense, led by redshirt-junior QB Deondre Francois has averaged 4.3 yards per play through three games in 2018, which ranks 114th out of the 130 teams in the country. However, fortunately for Florida State, the opposing Huskies offense is just as bad, if not worse. Northern Illinois averages just 3.4 yards per play, second to last in the country.
The major difference between those two offenses is the quality of defenses they have faced. Northern Illinois has played much stronger defenses, with its three opponents Iowa, Utah, and Central Michigan ranking 2nd, 5th, and 37th in yards per play against in the country. The Seminoles strongest opposing defense it has played thus far is 39th-ranked Virginia Tech.