Florida State Seminoles vs. Idaho Vandals: Complete Game Preview
Ten down, two to go.
No. 2 Florida State (10-0, 8-0 ACC) is in the final leg of their schedule, facing off against the overwhelmed Idaho Vandals (1-9) this Saturday at home. It's Senior Night for the 'Noles, and as huge favorites, it should be over early.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Place: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.
Radio: Florida State IMGSportsNetwork
Spread: Florida State by 58, according to Bovada.lv
All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted.
Florida State Keys to Victory
Get to it fast, and get to it early
There's no nice way to say it: Idaho is not nearly as talented or athletic as Florida State, so if the Seminoles can lay down the law early, then the game could be over midway through the second quarter.
There's been a lot of highly publicized drama revolving around FSU this week, in addition to the growing momentum surrounding their potential national championship berth. Mental mistakes could distract the Seminoles, and they need to do their best to avoid them.
Idaho Keys to Victory
Disregard who Florida State is
The best way for the Vandals to try and shock the world is to treat FSU as a faceless opponent and not the No. 2 team in the nation.
Keep their fingers crossed
Hey, stranger things have happened, right?
Florida State Players to Watch
Benjamin has enjoyed a revival as a clutch end-zone option this year, consistently going up and grabbing balls that nobody has the height or jumping ability to get. If Idaho single teams him, it may be a long day.
It'll be Senior Night in Tallahassee, and the senior who has given the most to FSU will be in the spotlight. Expect a big game from the safety.
Idaho Players to Watch
Epps has been crucial for the Vandals offense this season, scoring a touchdown in four of their last five games. Last week against Old Dominion, the wide receiver had 175 yards and a touchdown.
The 6'4", 305-pound defensive tackle has 12.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks this year, and against a FSU offensive line that has given up at least three sacks in the last two games, he might steal a couple.
What They're Saying
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.
(We) have some outstanding seniors, 24 when you count the walk-ons. (It will be) the last time they will be able to walk out in Doak Campbell Stadium, which will be an emotional time (and) tough thing. Hopefully, we’ll be able to send them off with a great victory, with as far as how we play if we play well. 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 – still have a lot more to go.
When it comes down to it, Florida State is the better team, and that isn't a slight toward Idaho whatsoever. What FSU is doing this season is unheralded, and a team like the Vandals isn't going to ruin that.
Final Score: FSU 64, Idaho 0