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FSU Ready For First True Contest Vs. Wake Forest

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida State Seminoles have barely broke a sweat in their first two games of the season against Murray State and Savannah State. But that figures to change starting Saturday as the Noles open Atlantic Coast Conference play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

The fifth-ranked Seminoles are four touchdown favorites over the Demon Deacs, but Wake Forest beat FSU 35-30 in Winston-Salem, N.C. last season. The loss last year effectively ended any chances FSU had of winning the ACC and getting to a BCS game.

It’s hard to judge FSU’s ability after the first two games of the season were essentially glorified scrimmages. FSU is currently averaging 62 points per game and allowing just 1.5 points per game. But, those games were against a woeful Savannah State and the Racers of Murray State.

Wake Forest survived a scare at the hands of Liberty University to start the season, 20-17 and then squeaked out a victory last weekend, 28-27, over North Carolina. Saturday’s game against FSU will be Wake’s first road game of the season.

The Demon Deacs offense is averaging 24 points per game and roughly 2.25 yards per attempt. On the other side of the ball, Wake Forest’s defense is allowing 22 points per game and giving up 3.31 yards per carry.

Wake has given up 543 yards passing on the season and is letting opponents convert all of their red zone attempts and 39 percent of their third-down conversions.

If nothing else, by the time the game is over on Saturday, Seminoles fans will have a much better idea of how good, or if they lose, overrated, their team is in 2012.

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