Florida State and Nevada are set to kick off in just a few hours, here are five things to watch for:
1.) What Tempo Does the Florida State Offense Run at Early?
Most games, fans want to see the Seminoles come out and light it up quickly on offense. But with a talented hurry-up offense on the other sideline it might be important for the Seminoles to slow the pace of the game and give the defense a chance to rest at certain points. Fatigue could also be a non-issue, but if the Wolf Pack start having some success on offense don't be surprised when Florida State tries to slow the game down.
2.) A Heavy Dose of Wild and Free
James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman combined for over 100 yards agaisnt Pittsburgh, I expect them both to have better days against Nevada. Tying into the last point, the Seminoles can use their power run game to manage the pace of the game when they hold the ball. The FSU offensive line should have an advantage over the Nevada defensive front as the game wears on and both Wilder and Freeman have the potential to hit 100 themselves in this one.
3.) How much progress has the defense made between the first two games?
Up and down the defense for the past two weeks they've talked about not wanting to allow a repeat of what Pittsburgh did to them early on in their first game. The Seminoles gave up chunk yardage on a few plays, failed to set the edge several times and surrendered a touchdown on the first drive of the game.
“It was pretty much just recognizing what’s going on and just triggering fast. I feel like that’s what we kind of messed up on," said safety Terrence Brooks. "We definitely got those corrected the next day we all wanted to show up and get those corrected so we can have that never happen again. We just have to play more aggressive on the edge, we’ll be alright.”
4.) Karlos the ball-carrier
Karlos Williams made the transition from safety to running back following the Pittsburgh game and though he's still very new to the position his potential is intriguing. It's possible Williams gets no carries against Nevada, but given his brutal running style on kick returns and the way Telvin Smith described their first collision with him running in practice - it could be a lot of fun to watch.
5.) Jameis Winston
You know I wasn't going to leave him off this list. Frankly, he's the number one reason most people around the country will be watching. It's going to be hard for him to top his debut from a statistical standpoint but that doesn't mean Florida State fans will be any less excited about him when this game is over.
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