FSU Defense overwhelmingly dominant
This should come as little surprise, but the Florida State Seminoles’ defense has been arguably the best in the nation to date against the sub-par competition they have had to face. While it is certain that whether or not this defense is truly elite is in question, they have yet to face a serious threat, which is what makes the upcoming showdown with the #10 Clemson Tigers such an intriguing match up.
The Seminoles have barely broken a sweat in their first three games, outscoring opponents 176-3.
The Demon Deacons averaged 2.1 yards per play on the day and converted just 1/16 3rd down attempts. In terms of emotions and perception, this game may have meant a little more than it should, objectively speaking. The Seminoles out pace Wake Forest in talent by a wide margin, but because of their disappointing loss to the same team one year ago, many were eager to see if FSU could dominate them as they should.
Florida State passed that test with flying colors and it continued the theme that was established against lesser tier Murray State and Savannah State in the first two weeks of the season. FSU is leading the nation in points allowed per game (1.0), pass efficiency defense (40% completion percentage allowed), rushing yards allowed per attempt (1.19), 3rd down conversion defense (11.36%) and first down defense.
The Seminoles are surrendering less than two yards per play on the year. Florida State can fully expect to have that change this week when Clemson comes to town, but at this point you would have to imagine that they themselves are ready for a challenge and the opportunity to flex their muscles against a worthy opponent. Clemson will provide plenty of skill with perhaps the best wide receiving corps in the nation, to challenge the Seminole secondary. We will have plenty of opportunities to explore this and more as the week progresses.