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FSU one-point underdog to Louisville ahead of ACC Championship kickoff

Seminoles are appearing in title game for first time since 2014, sixth time overall

After taking care of business against the Florida Gators to finish 12-0 for just the fourth time in program history (seventh undefeated and untied season overall), Florida State is now set to face off against the Louisville Cardinals for an ACC Championship.

According to DraftKings, Florida State is considered a 1-point underdog against Louisville, with the over-under for the 2023 ACC Championship set at 46.

FSU opened as 5.5-point favorites.

The Cardinals (10-2, 7-1 ACC) head into the game after being upset by the Kentucky Wildcats. 38-31. Louisville will be appearing in its first-ever ACC Championship since switching over from the American Athletic Conference in 2014, Florida State will be making its first trip to Charlotte since 2014 (sixth overall).

FSU won last year’s game — the final annual matchup between the two former Atlantic teams — 35-31, a thriller that saw Tate Rodemaker lead the Seminoles to a win after Jordan Travis left the game with an injury.

FSU vs. Louisville kicks off at at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisville Cardinals: How to watch


Saturday, December 2


8:00 p.m.






ESPN National Radio (Sirius CH. 80)

Seminoles Radio Network, SiriusXM RADIO FSU Broadcast: CH. 82

Florida State vs. Louisville: Game notes

» Florida State is 12-0 for the fourth time in program history, joining the 1999, 2013 and 2014 teams, and completed a perfect regular season for the seventh time. FSU is one of five remaining undefeated FBS teams in 2023.

» FSU is making its sixth ACC Championship Game appearance and first since 2014. The Seminoles are 4-1 all-time in the conference title game and have won three ACC Championship Game appearances in a row. Florida State’s wins and appearances are both the 2nd-highest totals in the ACC since the championship game debuted in 2005.

» The Seminoles are No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press poll. It is the 13th consecutive week FSU has been ranked in the top-5, the program’s longest streak since 2013-14 when Florida State was in the top-5 for 27 consecutive polls.

» The win at Florida completed an unbeaten season on the road for the 11th time in program history and extended the Seminoles’ overall winning streak to 18 games, the longest active streak in the ACC and 3rd-longest active streak in the country. During its streak, which is also the 2nd-longest in program history and 3rd-longest ever by an ACC program, Florida State has outscored its opponents 718-310.

» FSU has held every opponent this season to fewer than 30 points. The 12-game streak is the longest active in the ACC and the 3rd-longest active streak in the country. The last time Florida State held 12 straight opponents to fewer than 30 points was a 12-game streak in 2015, which also covered every game of the regular season.

» The Seminoles boast one of the nation’s best pass defenses, leading the country in opponent completion percentage (47.6) and pass breakups (67). FSU’s defense also ranks 2nd nationally in total passes defended (76), 4th in fewest passing touchdowns allowed (8) and 5th in opponent passing efficiency (100.32).

» Florida State (47.6%) is the only team in the nation forcing more incompletions than completions allowed. The last time a P5 team held its opponents below 50 percent completions in a season was 2018, when Michigan and LSU posted marks of 49.5 and 49.7 percent, respectively, and the last time FSU held its opponents below 50 percent completions for a season was 2012.

» FSU leads the ACC in both scoring offense (38.8, 10th nationally) and scoring defense (16.8, 11th), and is the only team in the ACC and one of four nationally ranked in the top-12 in both categories.

» Florida State is one of five teams in the country ranked in the top-30 in both pass defense (175.3, 10th) and passing offense (276.5, 26th).

» The Seminoles rank 5th nationally in 3rd-down defense (28.5%) and pass efficiency defense (100.32) and are 7th in the country in sacks per game (3.17).

» Florida State’s offense leads the ACC in fewest turnovers (5, 1st nationally), fewest interceptions thrown (2, 2nd), turnover margin per game (+0.92), touchdowns scored (60, 9th), passing efficiency (155.64, 21st), yards per completion (13.71, 21st) and red zone offense (89.8%, 26th).

» FSU leads the ACC and ranks 3rd in the country with a kickoff return average of 27.08 yards, and their net punting average of 43.54 yards per punt is 4th nationally.

» Florida State’s defense has faced 59 plays inside their 10-yard line this season and allowed just 15 touchdowns. In the 45-24 win over No. 5 LSU, the Seminoles faced 10 snaps inside their own 5-yard line and allowed only two scores. On LSU’s first drive of the game, the Tigers had six plays inside the five-yard line, including four snaps from the 1-yard line, and the FSU defense forced a turnover on downs with a 13-yard sack on 4th-and-1.