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Key Matchups of the Week: Florida State at North Carolina State – Sports activities Illustrated


The Florida State Seminoles are coming off their first lack of the season to the fingers of Wake Forest. Presently sitting at 4-1, the Seminoles face off with NC State this weekend, who additionally misplaced for the primary time this season to Clemson. The ‘Noles look to rebound in opposition to the Pack and get the season again on observe with a win. 

Listed below are three keys to be careful for this weekend.

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1. FSU Offensive Line vs. NC State Defensive Line

FSU has been decimated up entrance with accidents to Robert Scott, Bless Harris, and Kayden Lyles. The offensive line depth was seen as a energy this 12 months however has been examined with accidents to a few key items. Tackles Darius Washington and Jazston Turnetine didn’t carry out effectively this previous weekend and performed an element within the offensive struggles in opposition to Wake. This week the o-line will face an enormous check vs the Wolfpack. The energy of the NC State protection is the defensive position, and they’ll look to wreak havoc this weekend. 

Wake Forest was in a position to stress quarterback Jordan Travis by speeding solely three on events and that’s not a system for achievement. First-team All-ACC choice and former ‘Nole defensive linemen Cory Durden, CJ Clark, Savion Jackson, and Davin Vann look to implement their will on Saturday. Control sort out Robert Scott, if wholesome sufficient to play that will be an enormous elevate for the offensive unit. The Seminoles’ offensive line should maintain Jordan Travis upright and provides him time to make performs together with his arm.

2. Third Down Effectivity

Third-down effectivity has been one of many positives for FSU this season on offense and protection. Earlier than Saturday, the ‘Noles have been changing third downs at a couple of 51 % clip and have since dropped right down to 48 % after final week’s recreation. Though the offense transformed 4/11 vs Wake, the third downs they missed have been important. Wake Forest transformed 10/18 on third down and regardless that the protection elevated their stage of play within the second half, after they wanted a cease late within the 4th, they couldn’t get it achieved. NC State transformed 5/14 vs Clemson and, on the season, stand at about 44 %. It’ll be key for the protection to make well timed stops but in addition for the offense to maintain drives and convert on possessions. The winner of the third down conversion battle could have the higher hand on Saturday evening.

3. FSU Move Rush vs. NC State Offensive Line

Clemson was in a position to put stress on junior QB Devin Leary by constantly speeding 4 and that gave them the flexibility to drop seven gamers again in protection. Although the Tigers have one of many prime defensive traces within the nation, the Seminoles might want to create some stress up entrance whereas not blitzing the Wolfpack too usually. A bulk of this is determined by the well being of defensive finish Jared Verse, who’s by far the most effective go rusher for the ‘Noles. 

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With the damage to Verse, redshirt freshman Patrick Payton has elevated his stage of play the previous few weeks. The inside of the defensive position has struggled with the lack of Fabien Lovett. Leary has been sacked seven occasions this season and FSU has reached the opposing quarterback 14 occasions. Identical to the defensive position can be key for the Wolfpack it is going to even be key for Florida State in containing Leary and the opposing offense.

Florida State has an opportunity to proper the ship with a giant win over the weekend. A win Saturday will arrange FSU for a prime-time matchup with Clemson subsequent week. 

The Seminoles and Wolfpack will kick off at 8:00 p.m. jap on the ACC Community.

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