Coming off of a resounding victory over the LSU Tigers last weekend, the Florida State Seminoles football team will open its 2023 home slate the Saturday under the lights. No. 4 FSU and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles are set to face off in Doak Campbell Stadium with kickoff set for 8:30pm EST.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Southern Miss 14-8-1, with the Seminoles having won 12 of the last 14 matchups.
The most recent showdown between Southern Miss and Florida State came in December 2017 in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. The Seminoles were led by interim head coach Odell Haggins, with Jimbo Fisher unceremoniously leaving for the Lone Star State. FSU walked away with a 42-13 victory two days after Christmas.
The last time the Golden Eagles came to Tallahassee was in November 1996. They returned to Hattiesburg on the wrong end of a 54-14 shellacking. Warrick Dunn tallied 204 combined yards and three touchdown, while QBs Thad Busby and Dan Kendra combined for 379 yards and four touchdowns. The fearsome ‘96 defense forced Southern Miss into -13 rushing yards on 29 attempts, six sacks, and a safety.
According to DraftKings, the Seminoles are a 31-point favorite against the Golden Eagles, with the over/under set at 53.
Florida State Seminoles vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles: How to watch
Saturday, September 9
Florida State vs. Southern Miss: Game notes
» Florida State opened its season with a 45-24 victory over No. 5 LSU on Sunday evening in Orlando. The Seminoles, who trailed 17-14 at halftime, scored 31 consecutive points to open the second half before an LSU touchdown with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter provided the final margin.
» With the win, Florida State jumped four spots in the AP Poll to No. 4, its highest in-season ranking since being No. 2 in 2016. FSU received three first-place votes, second only to No. 1 Georgia.
» The Seminoles extended their winning streak to seven games, the longest active streak in the ACC and the fifth- longest active streak in the country.
» FSU’s 45 points against No. 5 LSU tied for the most points against a top-five opponent in a season opener in the poll era, dating back to the first AP poll in 1936. The last time a team scored 45 points against a top-five opponent in a season opener was 1968 when No. 3 Notre Dame defeated No. 5 Oklahoma 45-21 (via ESPN Stats & Info).
» Florida State scored 45 points against a top-five opponent for the fifth time in program history and first time since a 51-14 win at No. 3 Clemson in 2013. The other times were a 46-29 victory over No. 2 Virginia Tech in the Jan. 4, 2000, National Championship Game, a 51-31 victory at No. 3 Michigan in 1991 and a 48-6 win over No. 5 Kentucky in 1964.
» The Seminoles’ points total vs. No. 5 LSU were their most against a ranked opponent since a 45-34 win over No. 11 Ole Miss to open the 2016 season in a game also played in Orlando.
» FSU scored 31 points after halftime vs. No. 5 LSU, the most second-half points against a top-five opponent in program history. It also was the most second-half points nationally against a top-five opponent in a non-playoff game since September 26, 2020, when Kansas State scored 31 second-half points at No. 3 Oklahoma. That has only happened two other times since the beginning of the 2014 season, both in 2018, when Purdue scored 35 second-half points against No. 2 Ohio State and Ohio State scored 38 second-half points against No. 4 Michigan.
» The Seminoles are the only team in the ACC with two players who scored multiple touchdowns in the same game. Wide receiver Keon Coleman caught three touchdowns, while tight end Jaheim Bell registered one receiving and one rushing touchdown vs. No. 5 LSU. Quarterback Jordan Travis’ five touchdowns responsible for, courtesy of a career- high four passing touchdowns and one rushing score, also are the most in the ACC in a game this season.
» FSU has scored at least 35 points in seven straight games, the longest active streak in the nation and the program’s longest 35-point stretch since the 2013 national championship season.
» Florida State’s defense was feisty all night in the victory over No. 5 LSU, highlighted by holding the Tigers to 3-of-10 on 3rd-down attempts and 0-for-3 on 4th-down plays. 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.
» Florida State’s roster features 88 different players who have combined for 1,650 collegiate appearances and 41 players who have started at least one game combining for 659 collegiate starts.
» The Seminoles’ offensive line is by far the most experienced group in the country as they have a nation’s-best 310 games played and 219 combined starts, ranking well ahead of the next-closest team nationally in both categories. Nine different offensive lineman have started at least one collegiate game, and seven different offensive lineman on the 2023 squad have made at least 20 college starts.
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