RALEIGH, NC — Florida State will face No. 14 NC State at 8 pm on Saturday evening from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC The game between the Seminoles (4-1, 2-1 ACC) and the Wolfpack (4-1, 0-1 ACC) will be shown on the ACC Network . For more on how to watch, stream, or listen to the ACC Atlantic Division tilt, click here.
saturday’s game marks the second of three consecutive games for FSU against ranked opponents who all reside in the ACC Atlantic Division.
FSU’s 4-1 start is the program’s best since a 6-0 start to the 2015 season and is the sixth time since 2010 FSU has won at least four of its first five games. The Seminoles, whose last season with at least eight wins was in 2016, are 8-4 in their last 12 games, including a 5-3 mark in their last eight ACC contests.
The Wolfpack has a 13-game winning streak at Carter-Finley Stadium. That’s the fifth-best active home winning streak in the FBS and is the second-longest in the history of Carter-Finley Stadium (which opened in 1966). NC State has opened 3-0 at home in 2022, posted a 7-0 mark in games played in Carter-Finley in 2021 and has not lost a home game since Nov. 6, 2020.
NC State is led by head coach Dave Doeren, who is in his 10th season at the school. He is 68-50 as head coach of the Wolfpack. He is 91-54 in his time as a head coach. Doeren is 4-5 against FSU.
FSU head coach mike norvell is 0-2 against NC State.
Florida State leads the all-time series with NC State 27-15. The Seminoles have won five of the last nine matchups in the series, but lost four of the last five, and are 19-11 against the Wolfpack since joining the ACC. FSU is 11-9 at NC State in the series history.
Florida State is tied for the ACC lead and for 10th nationally with an average of 9.4 yards per pass attempt and also leads the ACC and ranks 11th nationally with an average of 14.62 yards per completion. Jordan Travis‘ average of 9.7 yards per pass attempt is tied for 8th in the country and for 1st in the ACC, while his 14.77 yards per completion is 1st in the conference and 10th in the nation.
FSU is 2nd in the ACC in total offense and rushing offense while ranking 3rd in the conference in passing offense and 3rd-down conversions. Its average of 481.6 yards of total offense per game is 17th in the country, while its 203.8 rushing yards per game ranks 23rd. FSU is converting 48.4 percent of its 3rd-down opportunities, 24th nationally, and ranks 35th in the country with an average of 277.8 passing yards per game.
The Seminoles are allowing an average of 1.20 sacks per game, 2nd-lowest in the ACC, and have not allowed a sack in two of their five games this season. Florida State has 14 games without allowing a sack in the last 10 years, including two each in 2021 and 2022.
Florida State has scored on nine of its 10 first drives of a half this season, with eight touchdowns on those nine scoring drives. FSU scored touchdowns on its first drive of both halves against Duquesne, at Louisville, against Boston College and against Wake Forest and also made a field goal to open the second half against LSU.
Florida State’s defense ranks 2nd in the ACC and 22nd in the country in passing defense, holding opponents to an average of 179.4 yards per game through the air. FSU also ranks 4th in the ACC and 25th nationally by collecting 2.80 sacks per game, led by Jared Verse‘s ACC-best average of 1.00 sacks per game.
The Seminoles rank 1st in the ACC and 9th in the country in kickoff return defense, allowing an average of only 14.75 yards per kickoff return, and 2nd in the ACC and 14th nationally allowing an average of 2.00 yards per punt return. Florida State and Army are the only two teams to rank in the top-14 in both kickoff return and punt return defense.
FSU also is 2nd in the ACC and 11th nationally in blocked kicks, with both of FSU’s blocks in the 24-23 win vs. LSU, which was the third game with multiple blocks under head coach mike norvell. FSU is 16th in the nation with an average of 25.9 yards per kickoff return, highlighted by Trey Benson‘s 93-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff vs. Boston College.
For more on the Wolfpack, check out our 2-4-7 with everything about NC State.
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