What happened and what mattered in the Florida State 38-17 win over Wake Forest?
Florida State 38, Wake Forest 17
Finally. There’s Cam Akers. The former FSU super-recruit hasn’t had any room to run on a regular basis this season, but he was finally able to get going with two touchdown runs and 98 yards on just 13 carries. The Seminole offensive line didn’t have a great day, and most of the team’s rushing yards came on one big Akers dash, but at least there was a ground attack.
Deondre Francois wasn’t bad, either. He spread the ball around well, throwing for 353 yards and two scores, finding Nyquan Murray eight times for 131 yards and a score. Yeah, the Wake Forest defense hasn’t been anything great, but considering where the Seminole offense was early in the year, now it’s starting to work. The D did its job after the first quarter, and this time, the O was a part of the fun.
Wake Forest isn’t getting enough out of its passing game. FSU allowed Sam Hartman to dink and dunk as much has he wanted, and he finished with 227 yards and two scores. But there simply weren’t any big things happening down the field, and there weren’t any key throws to keep things moving to stall the FSU momentum. The Seminole defense had a little to do with that, coming up with five sacks and camping out in the backfield.
Now we get to see just how good FSU really might be. Clemson, at NC State, at Notre Dame, Boston College, Florida. It needs two wins out of that group of games to go bowling, but it’s about more than that right now. Get a win over the Tigers. End Notre Dame’s dream. Screw up Florida, and/or stop NC State. Beating Wake Forest is fine, now it’s time to be Florida State again – at least against one great team.
That’s not it for Wake Forest, but it’s going to be tough to go bowling with a defense that’s getting picked apart by anyone with a real offense. Beating a rested – and bad – Louisville team on the road is a must, and taking care of Syracuse will be needed to get within range of going bowling. But as is, with the way the team is playing, it’s going to take a big pivot from this D to get close.