Florida State is off to a poor start at 0-2. The Seminoles opened with a disappointing 41-38 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and followed that with an even more disappointing 20-17 loss to Jacksonville State. In the loss to the Gamecocks, FSU quarterback McKenzie Milton passed for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Seminoles defense gave up 350 yards of total offense to Jacksonville State and Florida State was able to gain only 329 yards of total offense. Florida State does not have any players listed on his injury report.
Wake Forest has opened with two consecutive victories. The Demon Deacons defeated Old Dominion 42-10 in the opening game of the season and followed that with a 41-16 victory over Norfolk State. In the victory over the Spartans, Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman passed for 244 yards and one touchdown. The Wake Forest offense gained 413 yards and the defense held the Spartans to 336 yards of total offense. Defensive back Nasir Greer is questionable, while linebacker Chase Monroe, offensive lineman Je’Vonte Nash and wide receiver Donovan Green are all out.
Florida State lacking an aerial attackThe Florida State Seminoles are 0-2 but are 25th in the nation in rushing yardage at 230.0 yards per game. However, FSU is too one-dimensional as the passing game is 113th in the nation at 155.5 yards per game. Former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has passed for 181 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Jordan Travis has passed for 130 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions Jashaun Corbin with 253 yards and two touchdowns leads the Seminoles in rushing, while Ja’Khi Douglas is the leading wide receiver with 80 yards and one touchdown.
Florida State's defense is 102nd in the nation as the Seminoles are allowing an average of 30.5 points and 390.5 yards per game. The FSU defense gives up 86.5 yards rushing and 304.0 yards passing per game. Opponents are averaging 5.3 yards per play against the Seminoles' defense. Jermaine Johnson II is the leading tackler for Florida State with 18 and also has a team-best 4.0 quarterback sacks. The only interception thus far this season after two games for Florida State is by Travis Jay.
Wake Forest defense is key to successWith a quarterback such as Sam Hartman, Wake Forest has the potential to put up plenty of points on the board, but it's the defense that is the key to the success of the Demon Deacons. Through the first two games of the regular season, the Demon Deacons are allowing an average of only 13.0 points per game. Wake Forest allows 304.0 yards per game with 143.0 yards per game on the ground and 161.0 yards per game passing. Opponents are averaging only 3.7 yards per carry and 4.1 yards per play. Luke Masterson is the leading tackler for Wake Forest with 13 and the leader in quarterback sacks is Davis Jasheen with 1.5. Three players have each intercepted one pass for the Demon Deacons.
The Wake Forest offense is scoring an average of 41.5 points per game while rushing for an average of 162.5 yards and passing for an average of 220.0 yards per game. Sam Hartman has passed for 432 yards with four touchdowns, while running back Christian Beal-Smith has 134 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Jaquarii Roberson is the leading receiver for Wake Forest with 10 receptions for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
- Wake Forest is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 at home
- The Demon Deacons are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 ACC games
- Florida State is 4-10 ATS in the last 14
- The Seminoles are 2-9-1 ATS in the last 11 on the road