Plant The Spear is a weekly column previewing the upcoming matchup for the Florida State Seminoles. As a newly anointed father, I decided that it would be best to talk about the things that really matter to fans – tailgating, food, out-of-town watering holes, weather, betting lines and of course, cheerleaders – never forget the cheerleaders. If you’re looking for your typically stuffy and recycled game preview that practically every other sports website has, don’t read this. Go somewhere else. However, if you enjoy a take on college football that’s mixed with pop culture references and a little witty banter all smothered in sarcasm, we’ll get along just fine.
*Author’s Note* As always, this is a No Homer Zone. Regardless of my membership with the Seminole Boosters, or my being a Florida State fan since I was 10 (I’m 32 now), or the fact that my wife is an FSU grad – I’m a college football fan above all else. Kool-Aid drinking will not be tolerated.
Breakdown: The Noles continue their home stand with this weekend’s matchup against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. FSU started off sluggish last week in the home opener against Nevada, trailing 7-3 midway through the second quarter before eventually thrashing the Wolf Pack 62-7. If anything, Saturday’s game will be a great opportunity to get some freshman and backups valuable snaps before the meat of the schedule hits.
Bethune-Cookman rolls in to Tallahassee undefeated with a 3-0 record and a big 34-13 victory (for them) over FBS foe Florida International. This game is on the interwebs (ESPN3), so all you tech-savvy fans help out your grandparents and idiotic friends that haven’t figured out how to use a computer 13 years into the 21st century if you want to watch the beatdown on Saturday.
What Bethune’s Working With:
Why FSU Will Win: It’s Bethune-Cookman.
What Worries Me: Bethune-Cookman crushed Florida International last weekend 34-13, which of course means absolutely nothing to FSU fans. For Wildcat fans, it marked the school’s first ever victory over an FBS opponent, which to them is a huge deal. Honestly, BCC is a very good program for the level that they are at, and I fully expect the Wildcats to compete until the final whistle (awesome standard football analogy, huh?). I almost feel bad roasting these guys, so I won’t.
Long story short, nothing worries me about Bethune-Cookman – except maybe their band. I’m more worried that BCU rival Florida A&M will cross the tracks in Tallahassee and make the short trip from the FAMU campus to Doak Campbell Stadium and engage in an all-out battle of the bands like some type of Ron Burgundy Anchorman turf war. Watch out for flying tridents….
And Also Watch Out For: Bethune-Cookman junior QB Quentin Williams. Williams played at Jefferson High School in Tampa and was selected Florida’s Mr. Football after leading the 15-0 Dragons to the Class 3A state title in 2010. Williams set state single-season and career records for passing yards and touchdown passes. There was a great article about the local star in the Tampa Tribune this week: Winning ways continue at Bethune-Cookman for Tampa’s Williams.
What I’d Like To See: I’d like to see the Noles come out firing on all cylinders. Granted, the level of competition this week is tough to get up for (this includes for the fans) but FSU needs to put Bethune away early after slow starts in their first two games (Pitt, Nevada). I’m also going to be checking out the FSU depth, as Saturday’s game should present a great opportunity for some young bucks to get some quality PT.
Weather: 84* at kickoff / Scattered T-Storms / 60% chance of rain
Vegas: Florida State -40 / Over-Under: N/A
Prediction: This is one of those games that doesn’t need to be overanalyzed and broken down to expose defensive weaknesses, offensive tendencies or any of that mess. You fans aren’t stupid, so I won’t treat you like you are. We all know that Florida State is going to win, just by how much is still up in the air. Apologies for not wasting your time talking about meaningless stats, but we all have more important things to do, like tailgating. So have at it and be safe out there.
FSU 58 – Bethune Cookman 14
Tailgate Food of the Week (Courtesy of Epic Meal Time):
Last Week’s Prediction: FSU 55 – Nevada 17
Actual: FSU 62 – Nevada 7