Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida State: TV Info, Spread, Injuries, Game Time, More

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2013

Sep 14, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the start of the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 Florida State will host FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman after rolling over Nevada last week, 62-7.

The Seminoles put up 617 yards of total offense against the Wolf Pack in Tallahassee, punting just once and scoring on 10 drives. 

Bethune-Cookman is 3-0 this season in the FCS. The Wildcats are coming off a 34-13 victory over Florida International. Junior running back Anthony Jordan rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Will Bethune-Cookman shock Florida State in Tallahassee? Or will it be yet another blowout for the Seminoles?

Read on.

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When: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

Watch: ESPN3

Betting Line (via Florida State -39.5


Bethune-Cookman Injuries

Not available


Florida State Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: WR Jarred Haggins (Knee), TE Jeremy Kerr (Knee), TE Kevin Halea (Knee), DT Eddie Goldman (Disciplinary), LB Christian Jones (Disciplinary)

Doubtful: DL Mario Edwards Jr. (Hand)

Questionable: OL Wilson Bell (Undisclosed), G Tre' Jackson (Ankle)

Probable: RB James Wilder Jr. (Shoulder), OT Bobby Hart (Leg)


Top Storyline: The Play of Jameis Winston

There were certainly high hopes for freshman Jameis Winston coming into the 2013 campaign after the departure of E.J. Manuel, but nobody could have predicted this.

Winston has been phenomenal so far. In two games, he's gone a combined 40-of-45 for 570 yards while tossing six touchdowns to one interception. He's also rushed for two scores. He ranks first in the nation in completion percentage, second in yards per pass attempt and second in quarterback rating.

Granted, Winston has yet to play anyone of any significance, but the talent is certainly there. 

Winston's teammates have been raving about him. 

Junior receiver Rashad Greene said, via Patrik Nohe of the Miami Herald:

Yes this has been [the best the offense has run since I’ve been here]. The offense started clicking and going a little faster than we have in past years, and I like it.

Under Winston's wing, the Seminoles are ranked third in yards per offensive play (9.13). They've scored on all 12 of their red-zone opportunities (eight touchdowns, four field goals).


Prediction: Florida State 48, Bethune-Cookman 7

Bethune-Cookman has yet to allow more than 13 points against an FCS opponent, but this is Florida State, one of the top teams in the FBS. 

Last season, Bethune-Cookman lost to the Miami Hurricanes, 38-10. I expect this game to be even more of a blowout. 

Florida State is averaging 51.5 points (fifth in the nation) and is allowing 10.0 points per game (eighth). The Seminoles haven't allowed more than 13 points in a game. The Wildcats will score a touchdown, and nothing more.


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