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Five Things to Watch For: Bethune-Cookman at FSU

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Florida State hosts Bethune-Cookman later today, here are five things to watch for:

1.) Air it Out

Jameis Winston said Wednesday that with Bethune playing plenty of cover four and blitzing frequently he expects there to be plenty of deep opportunities available for him this evening. Considering the absolute lack of hesitation to air it out on Winston's part so far this season, FSU's offense could be looking at a big passing day. That's good news for fans and the Florida State run game which should see the box loosen up if Winston can hit a deep ball or two.

2.) Karlos 2.0

Last week Karlos Williams eclipsed 100 yards on the ground - including gaining 60 and a touchdown on the first carry of his career. 

"I’m big, very, very big. I realized how big I was in the backfield [when I watched the film]," said Williams earlier this week. "I’m just a big guy overall I would guess, I see James on the film and I think, “James looks really big with the 32 on him, I have a small number, I wonder how I look.” But the film looked good, looked like I have plenty of things I need to work on.

That may be true, but Williams also runs like he's been shot out of a cannon and has elite top speed. Coupled with his physicality and a shoulder that continues to both James Wilder, Williams could finish with over 100 for the second straight game.

3.) Terrance Smith's first start

With Christian Jones out, Terrance Smith will make his first career start. The redshirt sophomore has seen more and more time as a back-up this season and has drawn rave reviews from Jimbo Fisher since arriving in Tallahassee a few years ago. This will be the first chance Seminoles fans have to see Smith in more than just spot duty. Don't be surprised when he impresses.

4.) The Defensive Line

Last week against Nevada the Seminoles blitzed roughly 50% of the time yet tallied only a handful of pressures and their lone sack was wiped out on an illegal participation penalty agaisnt Tim Jernigan. Take out both of Florida State's starting defensive ends and it will be interesting to see how the defensive line looks. This is a new defensive scheme so it's fair to say some of the reduced production could be chalked up to the new system, but it's also fair to say that early on the Seminoles have struggled to replace the production they lost from Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine last year - both were picked in the top 40 of April's NFL draft.

5.) Devonta Freeman's Quest for 1,000

I wrote in my preseason preview that I thought Devonta Freeman would run for 1,000 yards this season. So far he's on pace for 1,046 yards after running for a team-best 161 yards and a touchdown through FSU's first two games. He could be looking at another 100 yards against Bethune if Florida State can establish the run game tonight too. FSU might have to contend with a loaded box early in the game, but if Winston can connect on a couple of deep passes things should loosen up and the 'Noles should have plenty of space to run.

 

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