The Florida State Seminoles are the talk of college football thanks to an unprecedented 45-34 victory over 11th ranked Ole Miss this past Labor Day. The Noles were lead by redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois, who led the team to a win after overcoming a 22 point deficit at one point in the game. The Seminoles outscored Ole Miss 33-7 in the second half and completed the largest comeback in school history. Now on a short week, the Seminoles will look to ride the wave of momentum against an unfamiliar opponent in the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher talks about the difficulty of preparing for Charleston Southern on a short week.
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are also coming off a big 57-7 win over Kentucky State last week. Still history isn’t on the Buccaneers’ side as they are 0-16 all time against FBS opponents. The Buccaneers most recent FBS matchup resulted in a 56-6 loss to Alabama back in 2015. Even with there victory over Kentucky State the Buccaneers suffered key injuries on offense. Starting quarterback Kyle Copeland is lost for the season due to a knee injury and backup quarterback Steve Bucenell left the game with an ankle injury. Running back Darius Hammond was hurt as well. And to make matters worse, several players will be suspended for the game as well.
Given the 0-16 record Charleston Southern has against FBS teams and the perceived idea that the College Football Committee is looking for good teams to win by sizable margins, there may be a little added pressure on Florida State University. Coach Fisher discusses that theory.
Can Deondre François have another solid game at quarterback? Senior Defensive End Demarcus Walker had a monster game in Orlando as well with 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He too will be looking to replicate his performance from Monday against an injury plagued Buccaneers offense. Both Francois and Walker received National Player of the Week honors for there performances. Francois was named Co-Freshman Player of the Week which he shared with quarterback Shane Buechele out of Texas while Walker earned the National Player of the Week.
FSU QB Deondre Francois put on a show for the hometown crowd. pic.twitter.com/XSeEA6WezR
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