What To Look For: FSU/Chattanooga

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FSU ( 8-2, 6-2 ACC) is set to take on the Chattanooga Mocs (8-2, 6-1 SoCon) to close out the regular season at home on Saturday afternoon. Here are a few things to look out for from both sides.

Chattanooga

  • The Mocs are no ordinary FCS team. Currently they are ranked No.8 in the STATS FCS Top 25 and they are No. 9 in the FCS Coaches Poll. They have 3 total wins over FBS Schools since 1978. Those wins are against Louisiana Lafayette and Georgia State, with two wins over ULL.
  • Quarterback Jacob Huesman (Son of head coach Russ Huesman) is a two time winner of the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year. Currently he is the leading passer and rusher for the Mocs. He’s totaled up 1,651 yards through the air and 997 yards on the ground. Huesman has actually ran for more touchdowns (10) than he has thrown for (7).
  • Chattanooga is 0-2 all time against FSU with both losses coming in Tallahassee.
  • Chattanooga’s defense is nothing to be reckoned with either. They are holding opponents to under 20 points per game, allowing only 153 yards through the air per game.

Florida State

  • As it is the last home game of the season it’ll be Senior Day for FSU and a time to say goodbye to some Seminole favorites. Some of the seniors playing their last game in Doak are: Safety Lamarcus Brutus, QB Everett Golson, DE Giorgio Newberry, DT Nile Lawrence-Stample, DT Derrick Mitchell, LB Terrance Smith, LB Reggie Northrup, and DB (and former walk-on) Javien Elliot.
  • Look for the play of newly minted starter, Sean Maguire against a decent pass defense from the Mocs. While it is an FCS School, the Mocs are ranked 9th in pass defense at their level.
  • Florida State will finally unveil the black uniforms that were shown last year. The jersey’s will be black with a garnet and black helmet with a gold spear. FSU has not worn black uniforms since the 2008 “Unconquered” uniforms.
  • As for injuries, at time of writing, Mario Pender, Freddie Stevenson, and Reggie Northrup were not participating in practice on Thursday. Stevenson and Northrup have made significant improvements over the past week but their status is still unknown for Saturday.
  • Both Dalvin Cook and true Freshman Jacques Patrick have fully participated all week.
  • Look for a few young players to (hopefully) get some quality minutes in Saturday’s game. Look for receivers: George Campbell, Auden Tate, and Pig Harrison to get more playing time than usual.
  • FSU is also looking to complete its 23rd undefeated season at home and extend its home winning streak to 21 games, which is one of the longest in the country.

FSU will close out the season at home this Saturday at 3pm. Coverage will be provided by SunSports or ESPN 3 if you are out of area.