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Posted Oct 8, 2011


Week 6 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Florida State at Wake Forest


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Week 6 - Florida St at Wake Forest

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Oct. 8 at Wake Forest 35 … Florida State 30
CFN Analysis: Wake Forest took a bad performance from Florida State and came up with a brilliant game of its own to pull off the shocker. The defense came up with five turnovers with four picks, and the offense managed to take advantage time and again with Tanner Jones coming up with a sharp game against a swarming defense completing 21-of-35 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns, while Josh Harris was brilliant running 13 times for 136 yards. Now the spotlight is one with the Virginia Tech came a monster for the ACC title chase. With three ACC road games in a row against Duke, North Carolina, and Clemson. This week, the Demon Deacons showed the poise and maturity to handle the challenges.

Florida State just didn’t show up. The Noles were sloppy with five turnovers and 13 penalties making it easy on Wake Forest to take the game away. E.J. Manuel wasn’t bad in place of Clint Trickett, but he made just enough mistakes to ruin any hope of making a big comeback. The running game didn’t get a chance to work with so much emphasis on the passing game, and while Rashad Greene was a monster, catching 12 passes for 163 yards and a score, the four picks from the quarterbacks killed the passing attack. Now the negativity will kick in with the Most Disappointing Team tag starting to fly, but with Duke, Maryland, NC State, and Boston College up next, the Noles will be just fine with four straight wins before facing Miami.

(AP) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes, Josh Harris rushed for 136 yards and Wake Forest upset No. 23 Florida State 35-30 on Saturday.

Price was 21 of 35 for 233 yards with touchdowns covering 22 yards to Chris Givens, 2 yards to Tommy Bohanon and 8 yards to Terence Davis to give the Demon Deacons (4-1, 3-0) their best start to ACC play in school history.

Wake Forest -- a 10-point underdog -- trailed for only about five minutes of the first half, led the entire second half and rolled up 391 yards against one of the ACC's toughest defenses. Florida State (2-3, 0-2) entered giving up just 257 total yards per game.

E.J. Manuel, playing for the first time in three weeks, replaced Clint Trickett late in the first half and finished 19 of 35 for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Florida State (2-2) at Wake Forest (3-1) Oct. 8, 12:30, ACC Network

Here’s The Deal … Florida State gets back to work after spending two weeks getting healthy and mentally gearing up for the final two-thirds of the regular season. Prior to their break, the Seminoles dropped consecutive games to Oklahoma and Clemson to fall out of national championship contention. An upcoming softening of the schedule, though, has the program poised to get back on track, while remaining close to the Tigers in the Atlantic Division race. The trip to Winston-Salem is expected to mark the return of QB EJ Manuel, who sat out the last game with a shoulder injury.

While overshadowed by the fast starts of Clemson and Georgia Tech in the league, Wake Forest has played surprisingly well through the first four games. The Demon Deacons have already matched last season’s three victories, which have included divisional wins over NC State and Boston College. Heck, with an upset at BB&T Field on Saturday, Wake, not Florida State, would immediately become Clemson’s biggest threat for a spot in the Dec. 3 ACC Championship Game.

Why Florida State Might Win: Wake Forest will have a difficult time matching the speed and depth possessed by the Seminoles on both sides of the ball. Florida State’s problems over the past couple of games can be traced to its schedule and its injuries, not a lack of talent. The sixth-ranked defense will swarm on the Demon Deacons, pressuring the pocket and preventing yards after the catch. If All-American DE Brandon Jenkins attracts too much attention, it’ll create an invitation for linebackers Nigel Bradham, Vince Williams and Christian Jones to come charging through untouched on the blitz. The healthy return of Manuel provides a huge boost to the offense. If for some reason, he’s less than 100%, Clint Trickett proved in the Clemson game that he’s capable of handling the baton.

Why Wake Forest Might Win: In many ways, this is a different Demon Deacons team than it was a year ago. They’re older, more confident and executing far better on both sides of the line. The offense is being fueled by QB Tanner Price, who has thrown for seven scores while managing the game extremely well. The defense, despite an inability to get to the quarterback, ranks third in the ACC in run defense and pass efficiency D. NG Nikita Whitlock and LB Kyle Wilber are the cornerstones of a unit that’ll cause problems for the Seminoles. Florida State is not getting the requisite support it needs along the offensive line, as evidenced by its three yards per carry and dozen sacks allowed.

What To Watch Out For: Whether it’s Manuel or Trickett behind center, he’s going to need more help from a sorry running game that ranks 115th in the country at 79 yards a game. There’s plenty of talent on the roster, such as Chris Thompson, James Wilder and Jermaine Thomas, but you wouldn’t know it from the early returns. The key for Florida State will be to not fall behind, which happened in the losses to Oklahoma and Clemson. The ‘Noles logged just 41 carries combined in those games, which is not the kind of offensive balance that the coaching staff.

What Will Happen: This figures to be a tricky game for Florida State, which could be walking into a hornet’s nest on Saturday afternoon. Wake Forest has been itching for an opportunity to make a little national noise in 2011. The Demon Deacons will hang around for a while, even grabbing a first-half lead, before the Seminoles’ overall edge in personnel takes over. They’ll get at least one non-offensive touchdown, helping to compensate for an offense that’s going to take a little longer to get out of neutral.

CFN Prediction: Florida State 30 … Wake Forest 20
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