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Savannah State vs. Florida State: Complete Game Preview

Austyn HumphreyCorrespondent IIISeptember 6, 2012

Savannah State vs. Florida State: Complete Game Preview

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    Bad news: Brandon Jenkins is out for the season.

    Good news: We're playing Savannah State—the Tigers.

    Not the Auburn Tigers. Not the LSU Tigers. Not even the Missouri Tigers (sorry, Mizzou, but you're new to the SEC). 

    The Seminoles should post another impressive performance, as they are over 70-point favorites for this weekend's visitor from Georgia. 

    This is the largest point spread in college football history. No, I'm not kidding.

GameDay Information

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    Who: Savannah State at Florida State

    When: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. ET (be there!)

    Where: Tallahassee, Florida

    Stadium: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, (82,300)

    TV: Unavailable

    Radio: WHCJ 90.3 FM (Savannah State) or WNLS 1270 AM (Florida State)

    Internet Stream: ESPN 3, ESPN3.COM

Depth Chart for Florida State

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    You can find it here; note that Tank Carradine (backup left defensive end) will take over for Brandon Jenkins, while Jenkins' backup, Giorgio Newberry, will also have some playing time. Even freshman recruit Mario Edwards might play a bit.


    QB 3 EJ Manuel 6-5 238 r-Sr.
      9 Clint Trickett 6-3 180 r-So.
    TB 4 Chris Thompson 5-8 187 Sr.
      8 Devonta Freeman 5-8 209 So.
      32 James Wilder Jr. 6-2 226 So.
    FB 24 Lonnie Pryor 6-0 229 Sr.
      41 Chad Abram 6-0 235 Jr.
    Z-WR 84 Rodney Smith 6-6 219 Sr.
      15 Greg Dent 5-11 195 Jr.
      1 Kelvin Benjamin 6-5 242 r-Fr.
    LT 75 Cameron Erving 6-6 310 r-So.
      67 Daniel Glauser 6-5 305 Sr.
    LG 70 Josue Matias 6-6 326 So.
      60 Jacob Fahrenkrug 6-4 322 Sr.
    C 52 Bryan Stork 6-4 312 r-Jr.
      62 Austin Barron 6-3 295 So.
      53 Sterling Lovelady 6-3 291 So.
    RG 54 Tre' Jackson 6-4 327 So.
      51 Bobby Hart 6-4 316 So.
    RT 71 Menelik Watson 6-6 320 Jr.
      67 Daniel Glauser 6-5 305 Sr.
      76 Garrett Faircloth 6-7 290 r-Jr.
    TE 35 Nick O'Leary 6-3 238 So.
      33 Kevin Haplea 6-4 247 Jr.
      83 Christo Kourtzidis 6-4 246 Fr.
      44 Will Tye 6-2 256 r-So.
    Y-WR 12 Jarred Haggins 6-0 190 Jr.
    or 89 Christian Green 6-2 200 r-So.
      10 Marvin Bracy 5-9 172 Fr.
    X-WR 80 Rashad Greene 6-0 170 So.
      81 Kenny Shaw 6-0 170 Jr.
      82 Willie Haulstead 6-2 227 r-Jr.



    LE 95 Bjoern Werner 6-4 255 Jr.
      91 Cornellius Carradine 6-5 265 Sr.
      96 Toshmon Stevens 6-5 245 r-Sr.
    DT 93 Everett Dawkins 6-3 300 r-Sr.
      97 Demonte McAllister 6-2 285 r-Jr.
      81 Eddie Goldman 6-4 320 Fr.
    DT 92 Anthony McCloud 6-2 310 r-Sr.
      8 Timmy Jernigan 6-2 298 So.
      99 Nile Lawrence-Stample 6-1 314 r-Fr.
    RE 4 Brandon Jenkins 6-3 260 Sr.
      51 Giorgio Newberry 6-6 273 r-Fr.
    SLB 10 Nick Moody 6-2 237 r-Sr.
      24 Terrance Smith 6-4 212 r-Fr.
    MLB 11 Vince Williams 6-1 247 r-Sr.
    or 22 Telvin Smith 6-3 212 Jr.
    WLB 7 Christian Jones 6-4 232 Jr.
      12 Reggie Northrup 6-1 220 Fr.
    CB 27 Xavier Rhodes 6-2 217 r-Jr.
      37 Keelin Smith 6-3 185 r-Fr.
      1 Tyler Hunter 5-11 190 So.
    SS 20 Lamarcus Joyner 5-8 195 Jr.
      1 Tyler Hunter 5-11 190 So.
    FS 31 Terrence Brooks 5-11 197 Jr.
      9 Karlos Williams 6-1 230 So.
    CB 6 Nick Waisome 5-10 170 So.
      13 Ronald Darby 5-11 189 Fr.
    PK 18 Dustin Hopkins 6-2 190 Sr.
    KO 18 Dustin Hopkins 6-2 190 Sr.
    P 38 Cason Beatty 6-3 229 Fr.
      29 Dillon Kidd 6-1 222 r-Fr.
    DS 64 Dax Dellenbach 6-1 235 Sr.
      75 Philip Doumar 6-1 215 r-Jr.
    HO 69 Chris Revell 6-1 198 Jr.
      38 Cason Beatty 6-3 229 Fr.
    PR 80 Rashad Greene 6-0 170 So.
      81 Kenny Shaw 6-0 170 Jr.
      1 Tyler Hunter 5-11 190 So.
    KR 9 Karlos Williams 6-1 230 So.
      13 Ronald Darby 5-11 189 Fr.
    KR 20 Lamarcus Joyner 5-8 195 Jr.
      10 Marvin Bracy 5-9 172 Fr.

Depth Chart for Savannah State

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    The link (which won't copy) is available here:

What Happened to the Seminoles Last Week

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    The Seminoles beat the visiting Murray State Racers 69-3 to open their season.

    Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman, supposed to be one of the better quarterbacks of the FCS, threw three picks to one touchdown (wouldn't he like to reverse those stats?). Murray State scarily hung with FSU into the second quarter, trailing only 14-3 before Jimbo Fisher's running backs exploded for seven rushing touchdowns.

    E.J. Manuel was pedestrian (given the competition), but his only interception of the day came off a mishandled catch by wide receiver Kenny Shaw. Manuel retired early on, and backups got to pummel the Racers for most of the second half. All in all, a very solid win.

What Happened to the Tigers Last Week

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    Savannah State, which had a 1-10 performance last year, is still a very new football program. That's why they would only allow themselves to be manhandled in the most lopsided football game I have ever witnessed.

    84-0. That margin of victory has not occurred in my lifetime, and I am in my twenties. Go figure.

    Savannah State is 4-72 versus FCS opponents, and now 0-1 versus FBS opponents. Yikes!!

What It Means to Both Teams

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    For Savannah State, the mission is to embrace the upset and "shock the world." The Tigers have nowhere to go but up from last season's 1-10 performance, so I'll say winning any game this year will be a success.

    Florida State wants to cover its 70-point spread, and Jimbo Fisher will likely get almost all (or all) of his players on the field. If Florida State beats these guys by 60, it will be a disappointment.

    The Seminoles, who already must rely on several Pac-12 and SEC teams to lose to make a national championship appearance, cannot afford to look even mediocre. Doing so could shut them out of the BCS title game even if they have a perfect record.

Key Player for Florida State

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    Werner will make up for his teammates' absence by demolishing Savannah State. It will be ugly.

    Werner's lived up to expectations so far, and is the defending ACC Lineman of the Week.

    Our favorite German has had five solo tackles, four sacks and one blocked pass against Murray State.

    Tank Carradine will also be interesting to watch as he takes over for Brandon Jenkins.

Key Player for Savannah State

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    This is the original Star Wars. Florida State is the Empire, and Savannah State are the Rebels.

    That makes Tigers running back Alex Simmons Luke Skywalker. 40 yards on nine carries is nothing to sneeze about, but last week's performance was just rough for fans of this brand new football school. A 19-yard run is possibly the only highlight the Tigers have from Stillwater.

    For these guys to get in field-goal range, Simmons needs an epic day. Who knows? Maybe he will score a touchdown.

Florida State Will Win If...

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    ...if they show up and play for 60 minutes. Remember, you have to play the game for 60 minutes, no matter what.

Savannah State Will Win If...

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    ...If FSU players all a sudden start throwing up from cholera. I mean every single Florida State player.

    And if Florida State players just don't move, except to kickoff the ball.


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    Prediction: Florida State 69, Savannah State 3

    This is my most conservative estimate.

    If you've ever wanted to see Florida State completely crush an opponent to bits, this is your game.

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