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November 22, 2013

Previewing The Opponent: Idaho Vandals


Idaho Vandals
Record: 1-9
Head Coach: Paul Petrino
All-Time: First Meeting

Overview: FSU outclasses Idaho substantially and should have very little trouble doing whatever they want against the Vandals on Saturday afternoon. Idaho is 115th in points for and 125th in points against. Their lone win of the season was a 26-24 squeaker over Temple. They are out-matched in this game.

That's not a knock on Idaho, they probably shouldn't have been on the Florida State schedule to begin with. Last season -- upon moving to the Big 12 -- West Virginia had to back out of a home-and-away series with FSU. That mean Savannah State and Idaho were late additions to the past two years schedules. 

The biggest obstacle facing Florida State on Saturday will not be on the field. It will be the set of distractions that have ensnared the program since Jameis Winston was named in an 11-month old sexual assault investigation ten days ago. If FSU comes out focused and plays the game it's capable of playing -- it should be a short afternoon for the starters.

How FSU Stacks Up: Very well. Idaho doesn't have an advantage at any positon group or in any of the three phases of the game. If the Seminoles want to pound the ball on the ground -- that's there for them. If they Seminoles want to air it out -- that's there for them. FSU can dictate tempo in this ballgame early and as long as they come out focused this should get out of hand quickly.

This will also be senior day for Florida State, so you can be sure that the Seminoles' seniors will be looking to make a statement in their last game at Doak Campbell Stadium. 

"Hopefully, we’ll be able to send them off with a great victory, with as far as how we play if we play well.," said Jimbo Fisher on Monday. "But the fans [will be able to] send them off with their appreciation for what they’ve done here at Florida State. This senior class has accomplished a lot and I’m very proud –[ [but we] still have a lot more to go.

"But, still a very important day. Idaho is a very good football team. They’ve got a four-down team on defense, mix three-four packages, like to blitz, split safety team, [they’re] going to mix in some three-deep coverages. Coach Paul Petrino does a good job, he’s the head coach, he’s got a great background. [They] throw the ball really well, multiple looks, he does everything in the book. He’s got a great offensive mind. They do a very good job and very sound in the kicking game. We’ll have to play well, prepare well and practice well. We need to continue to get better this week and get ready to play Idaho.”

Three to Watch:

1.) Taylor Davis, QB - Idaho's senior quarterback will be facing his most difficult challenge so far this season against the FSU defense.

2.) James Baker, RB - The vandals will need a strong performance on the ground to keep the Seminole defense at bay.

3.) Dezmon Epps, WR - Idaho's leading receiver can really help his quarteback if he can make FSU respect him as a passing threat early.

Quote of the Week: "It’s kind of sinking in and that group is so special. There’s so many – characters is not the word, I don’t mean it that way, just influential guys in our program’s history and what it meant and what it let us get to and how they’ve influenced the other guys in the organization. There’s some guys that I’ll never forget in that class. This is a tremendous group.”

-Jimbo Fisher


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