That’s the biggest point differential ever set by linemakers in as long as they’ve kept track of those sort of things. It’s the amount the no. 6 Florida State Seminoles are favored over lowly Savannah State tonight when the two square off in Doak Campbell Stadium.
When asked about the line head coach Jimbo Fisher could only sigh and mutter, “you’ve got to be kidding me.”
For Florida State, Saturday’s game is as much about domination, which is almost a given, as it is about managing that domination so as not to appear to be running up the score or acting classlessly.
“I don’t mean this [negatively], but I hope we get it out of hand quick,” said Fisher on Monday. “We have to compete against ourselves, we can’t worry about the opponent we have to execute the plays that are called.”
Savannah State has been 1-10 each of the last two seasons in FCS play, they are 4-72 all time in the lower division. Last weekend they took a payday to travel to Stillwater where the Oklahoma State Cowboys pummeled them 84-0.
This week the Tigers are making 475k to take on a top ten opponent with a much better defense. And many national pundits fear tonight could be much worse for Savannah State.
It’s worth noting Florida State originally had planned to play West Virginia this weekend but a conference move altered the Mountaineers schedule and left Florida State scrambling to fill the vacancy.
In stepped FCS doormat Savannah State.
Tonight, a week after taking their lumps at Oklahoma State they will try to make it look respectable against a much better Florida State team.
Oddsmakers, experts, national media, even fans around the nation think that’s a long shot.
"The coaches are basically just saying to focus on the details from last week. [But] it would be cool to hang 100 on anyone,” joked junior receiver Kenny Shaw.
“But they put us on the schedule, we put them on the schedule, now we're going to have to play them."
The unique challenge for the Seminoles, not so much for the players as for Fisher himself, is that the game will not be televised nationally, so hardly anyone will see anything but the score.
Anything in the ballpark of 84-0 will look like running it up, which could in turn hurt Florida State with the pollsters.
Fisher spoke of his intention to get third string quarterback Jacob Coker in the game if the score permitted, but with the talent disparity between the two squads Florida State’s third team, running a conservative game-plan could still be a threat to score.
“If we can get that far,” cautioned Fisher as he talked about the redshirt freshman. “Everybody has us getting that far. I want to make sure we can get that far and do the things we’ve got to do.”
Last week the Tigers gave up 682 yards while mustering just 139 yards of their own.
This week against one of the nation’s top defenses and an offense that racked up 600 yards of its own in the opener, things could be even more lopsided.