No. 12 FSU Football had wounds to heal after getting thrashed by Louisville, and boy did they ever get that loss outta their system by pounding USF, 55-35. Now the Seminoles will try to continue their recovery against a North Carolina team that’s been up and down but still has plenty of talent.
North Carolina won in dramatic fashion over Pitt last weekend 37-36, with Bug Howard catching a game-winning TD at the last moment. This came after Howard led his fellow receivers in a pregame display to get folks to stop sleeping on the WR corps. FSU’s defense had better wake up Saturday as well.
Florida State is favored, and the Noles are a more talented team, top to bottom, than UNC. They’re also playing at home, so the name of the game here is just not having a terrible misstep and taking a second loss. That should be doable, but stranger things have happened than Carolina mounting a charge.
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Spread: Florida State comes in as an 11.5-point favorite.
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Three big things to know
1. The two teams have not met since 2010 a matchup in which UNC went into Tallahassee and won. The Tar Heels have only beaten the Noles twice, and are 2-15 in the series all-time. They just haven’t had much success against this conference heavyweight, but perhaps Carolina can do better as it keeps recruiting and establishes itself over the next few years. The Heels aren’t as far away as they used to be.
2. Questions abounded about Dalvin Cook’s health after two sputtering performances to start the season, then one of the nation’s best running backs looked like it against USF. His career-high 267 yards have him on good form coming into the matchup with a UNC rush defense that is 113th in the nation in yards-per-game allowed with 250.7. Cook is lightning, and he’s a threat against any team in the country. North Carolina has its run-stopping issues, and Cook could really go off.
3. Florida State is notoriously slow-starting, and that will be put to the test against a North Carolina team that remains explosive. The Tar Heels are 12 in the nation in passing yards per attempt at a clip of 8.56. If Mitch Trubisky’s allowed to really get going, FSU could be in for a much tougher fight than Jimbo Fisher would prefer.