Florida State Seminoles vs. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Complete Game Preview
Things could get interesting, but most likely might get ugly on Saturday when Florida State takes on Bethune-Cookman at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Wildcats (3-0, 0-0 MEAC), got their first win against an FBS team last week, a 34-13 thrashing of Florida International University. Meanwhile, the Seminoles (2-0) are coming off a 62-7 thrashing of Nevada in their ACC-Mountain West matchup last Saturday.
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Place: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.,
Spread: Florida State by 33, per Vegasinsider.com
All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted.
Florida State Keys to Victory
Stop the run
FSU has been iffy at stopping the run early in games this season, as was evident against both Pitt and Nevada. Bethune-Cookman got 311 yards rushing last week against FIU and it will be sure to try and play to its strengths against the Seminoles on Saturday.
A bit harsh, yes, but it's the truth. If the 'Noles show up, both mentally and physically, things should turn out pretty good for them. Last year, when FSU played two FCS teams, one of which was Bethune-Cookman's conference mate Savannah State, the Seminoles outscored them, 124-3. Talent will play a huge part in this matchup.
Bethune-Cookman Keys to Victory
Run, a lot
Bethune-Cookman ran the ball 52 times against FIU, amassing 311 yards with three different players score touchdowns. Quarterback Quentin Williams only attempted 11 passes, but ran it 13 times. Take what you know and keep with it.
Pray, carry a four-leaf clover, lucky horseshoe, sacrifice a goat, etc.
Bethune-Cookman is ranked in the FCS poll and may very well make the playoffs. They're a good FCS team, but the keyword here is "FCS." They're going to be severely outmatched and, although they beat FIU, the Panthers are one of the worst FBS teams in the country. They'll need a lot to go their way to pull off one of the biggest upsets in college football history.
Florida State Players to Watch
The Seminoles' former defensive back-turned-running back made an impressive debut last week against Nevada, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown off of only eight carries. Williams is sure to get more carries this week with James Wilder Jr. still aching in his shoulder.
Until the redshirt freshman decides to throw eight interceptions and get sacked five times in a game, he's going to be a player to watch. His odds for winning the Heisman Trophy are now at 9-1, according to Bovada.lv, placing him third on the list. Let's see if he can keep his impressive stat of having more touchdowns than incompletions.
Bethune-Cookman Players to Watch
The junior quarterback from Tampa is averaging 5.9 yards a carry and has 111 passing yards. Bethune-Cookman has called on all three of its quarterbacks this year, but Williams is the one who has the numbers to back up his claim as top dog.
Senior linebacker is on pace to once again lead the Wildcats in tackles, as he currently has 23 tackles through three games. He's been a force for Bethune-Cookman in his career and won't go down without a fight come Saturday.
What They're Saying
Jimbo Fisher on:
Bethune's win over FIU:
Dadgumit, they’re a good football team and we knew it and it does not surprise me. They’ve done a great job, coach has done a tremendous job and they’ve got athletes and when you see the film they’re a very well-coached football team.
There are some little things—making a decision, ‘ball here, I probably should have made the read here.’ For the most part, run-checks were good. A couple of decisions in the passing game where I wish he would have went to a different guy, but he hit guys and made completions. (He) could have had better choices, but you have to be careful too, as long as guys are making completions and understand, you can get too technical and not have him react and play. You’ve got to be careful how you do that. But, for the most part I thought he played well. The high throw early, like I said, that part of the field, rather him be a little safer in that decision. The throw was there, it was a high throw. But I liked the way he bounced back from that and also, not just bouncing back and getting completions, but not losing his aggression. He still stayed aggressive with the football and threw balls in there. From that standpoint, I thought he did a nice job.
It's gonna be a long day for Bethune-Cookman.
As much as I would like for my hometown team to have a fighting shot, the Wildcats are outmanned and outmatched. While I'm sure they'll give a valiant effort, especially considering FSU's slow starts in the first quarter, eventually it's going to be too much.
This game will help both teams, as Bethune-Cookman won't play another team with a similar skill level this season and FSU can work on its run defense against a run-heavy team.
Score: Florida State 58, Bethune-Cookman 7