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Gameday Central: Florida State Seminoles vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

FSU ranks 1st in the ACC and 4th in FBS allowing only 7 plays of 30+ yards this season

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The Florida State Seminoles and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets kickoff at high noon today from Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The game will be televised on the ACCNetwork.

Florida State (4-3, 2-3) leads the head-to-head series with a 14-13-1 edge over the Ramblin’ Wreck (3-4, 2-2), but the Wreck has won the last 4 regular season meetings (2008, 2009, 2015, 2020). The Noles have not beaten the Yellow Jackets in the regular season since a 14-13 FSU win in 2003. The Noles have only beaten the Jackets 2 times since then, in the 2012 and 2014 ACC Championship Games.

FSU has played the 6th-toughest schedule in the FBS so far this season with their first seven opponents combining for a 68.2 winning percentage.

Georgia Tech’s defense has racked 50 TFL through their first seven games, and the Jackets rank fourth in FBS in turnover margin (plus+10; 1.43/gm), ninth nationally in turnovers gained (16), and 11th nationally and 2nd in the ACC in fewest turnovers lost (6).

The Seminoles have scored 9 touchdowns on 10 opening scoring drives, of the 14 drives they have attempted so far this season. The Noles rank 2nd in the ACC in both rushing offense averaging (204 yds/gm) and in total offense (465 yds/gm), and for 26th in the nation. FSU is one of nine teams in the nation, and the only team in the ACC, averaging at least 260 yards of passing offense and at least 200 yards of rushing offense per game this season.

Florida State is also one of two teams in the country that is ranked in the top-15 in both kickoff return average and punt return average. FSU is 3rd in the ACC and 8th in the country with an average of 26.00 yards per kickoff return, and 2nd in the ACC and 13th nationally with an average of 14.90 yards per punt return.

The Seminoles also have the ACC’s 2nd-best punt return defense, allowing just 3.38 yards per opponent punt return, which ranks 21st in the country.

So far this month the Ramblin’ Wreck defeated the No. 24 Pitt Panthers and Duke, who just humiliated and embarrassed the Miami (of Florida) Ucanes.

Georgia Tech LB Ayinde Eley is the only FBS player since 2000 with 71 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries, in their first 7 games this season

According to DraftKings, FSU is currently a 23-point favorite over Georgia Tech, with the over/under set at 47.5 points.

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Florida State Seminoles vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Game Threads:

How to Watch


Saturday, October 29th


12:00 p.m.


ACC Network


ESPN, Hulu, FuboTV


Seminoles Radio Network

Florida State Seminoles vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pre-Game Coverage from Tomahawk Nation

Some Florida State game notes via

  • Florida State hosts Georgia Tech in a noon matchup. Both teams come into the game with extra time off, as the Seminoles had an open date last week and Georgia Tech hosted Virginia on Thursday night.
  • FSU is one of nine teams in the nation, and the only team in the ACC, averaging at least 260 yards of passing offense and at least 200 yards of rushing offense per game this season.
  • Florida State’s average of 5.63 yards per rush attempt is the best in the conference and 10th in the country, and its 1.29 sacks allowed per game is the best average in the ACC and ranks 28th nationally. The last time Florida State rushed for at least 5.6 yards per carry for a season was 2013. The Seminoles have 14 games without allowing a sack in the last 10 years, including two each in 2021 and 2022.
  • FSU ranks 2nd in the conference in rushing offense and total offense, with its average of 204.4 rushing yards per game standing 22nd nationally and its 465.0 yards of total offense per game ranking 26th. The last time the Seminoles averaged more than 200 yards rushing per game for an entire season was 2016’s 202.3 yards per game. The 465.0 yards of total offense average would be the highest since the 2016 season’s average of 466.4.
  • Florida State ranks 2nd in the ACC and 13th in the country in passing defense, holding opponents to an average of 175.0 yards per game through the air. That would be FSU’s lowest pass defense average in a season since the 2013 team’s average of 156.6 yards per game. Since that season, only the 2015 and 2017 defenses allowed less than 200 passing yards per game in a season.
  • The Seminoles are 3rd in the ACC and 25th in the nation in total defense allowing an average of 332.0 yards per game.
  • FSU also ranks in the top-4 in the ACC in third-down conversions, yards per completion, passing offense and passing efficiency. The Seminoles have converted 47.8 percent of their third-down opportunities, which is the 3rd-best percentage in the conference and 24th in the country, while their average of 13.61 yards per completion is 3rd in the ACC and 27th nationally, its passing efficiency rating of 145.51 is 4th in the ACC and 45th nationally and its average of 260.6 passing yards per game is 4th in the ACC and 51st in the country.
  • FSU also is 4th in the ACC and 18th nationally in blocked kicks, with both blocks happening in the 24-23 win vs. LSU, which was the third game with multiple blocks under head coach Mike Norvell.


Some Georgia Tech game notes via

  • Georgia Tech looks to complete its first three-win month in four years on Saturday when it closes October at longtime Atlantic Coast Conference rival Florida State.
  • Georgia Tech (3-4, 2-2 ACC), which has defeated No. 24 Pitt (26-21 - Oct. 1) and Duke (23-20 in OT - Oct. 8) this month, has not won three games in a single month since Nov. 2018, when it beat North Carolina, Miami (Fla.) and Virginia.
  • The Yellow Jackets are renewing their rivalry with Florida State for the 29th time overall but only the seventh time since the ACC split into divisions in 2005.
  • In their last meeting, Georgia Tech stunned Florida State in a 16-13 triumph at FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium to open the Covid-19-delayed 2020 campaign.
  • Last Thursday versus Virginia, Florida native So. DB LaMiles Brooks became the first NCAA Division I FBS player this season with a fumble recovery, an interception return for a touchdown and at least nine tackles in a game this season.

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