Checking in from Doak

September, 20, 2008
9/20/08
5:44
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Well, it's time to see who's made of what. Here are a few keys to this game:

UP FRONT: How Florida State's young offensive line matches up with Wake Forest's veteran defensive line is the most important factor in this game. The 'Noles are counting on two redshirt freshmen, one true freshman and two sophomores. Wake Forest has an "old man" in grad student Matt Robinson, who gained a sixth year of eligibility, and two redshirt juniors and a redshirt senior.

TURNOVERS: The one thing Christian Ponder is leery of heading into this game is Wake's ability to force teams into mistakes. The Demon Deacons lead the ACC and rank fourth nationally in turnover margin at +5. Florida State, on the other hand, hasn't made an interception yet.

RILEY SKINNER: He's not going to be rattled by the atmosphere, so it will be up to FSU's defense to rattle the ACC's leading passer. How much time he gets in the pocket will obviously allow him to do more, but the staff has been scheming to slow Everette Brown off the edge. The return of Budd Thacker to the line will help FSU get some pressure on Skinner.

INTANGIBLES: This might be the real underlying key in this game. Florida State is hungry and has something to prove. Plus, there's that little thing called revenge. The Seminoles aren't about to allow another shutout like the 30-0 game that happened in 2006. The one intangible FSU doesn't have, though, is experience.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?