Up-tempo FSU wants to get faster

Updated: September 19, 2013, 6:13 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State Seminoles, who scored five touchdowns in just more than eight minutes last weekend, are looking to pick up the pace.

Jimbo Fisher believes the Seminoles' no-huddle offense can be even faster than it was during Saturday's 62-7 rout against Nevada. The goal: put opposing defenses on their heels and wear down opponents.

"Coach Fisher says it all the time, he wants to play fast," FSU left tackle Cameron Erving said. "He wants to get a lot of snaps a game on offense. As an O-line, we try to make it happen.

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AP Photo/Steve CannonWith the help of a veteran offensive line, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher believes Jameis Winston and the Seminoles can pick up the pace even more on that side of the ball.

"We want to get a lot of snaps on offense and keep our defense off the field as much as possible. But at the same time, we're not Oregon. ... We do something, they do something different. But that's definitely in the right area. We want to be up there on the same level, at a certain speed as those teams."

Oregon has been the FBS standard-bearer when it comes to playing at a break-neck pace. The Ducks averaged 72 offensive plays per game in their first three contests this season, their lowest average in the last four seasons. That's not a surprise with former coach Chip Kelly now in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. Oregon ranked No. 9 in the FBS last season with 81.4 plays per game, according to STATS LLC, and was the second-highest scoring team in the nation (49.6 points per game).

Clemson was eighth in the country in 2012, running 81.7 plays per game. The Tigers ranked No. 6 with 41.0 points per game.

Baylor, which leads the FBS with an average of 69.5 points per game this season, averaged 76 plays in its first two games.

Florida State averaged 67.2 offensive plays per game in 2012 -- the team-high in four years under Fisher -- and were ranked 88th among FBS schools. The Seminoles have run an average of 63.0 plays in two games this season -- tied for No. 111.

Fisher wants more, and a veteran offensive line has him optimistic about that heading into Saturday's game against undefeated Bethune-Cookman (3-0).

"That line can now really feel comfortable getting up there in a hurry, making calls and not have to decipher all that stuff. You've got a mature line," Fisher said. "We were still a young team last year on offense. Even though we had a good offense.

"I think the maturity allows you to do more, just play faster and make the calls better and get in a better rhythm."

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