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Wake Forest-Florida State Capsule

Associated Press Published: September 13, 2012
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SATURDAY

Wake Forest (2-0) at No. 5 Florida State (2-0), noon (ESPN)

Line: Florida State 27 1/2.

Series Record: Florida State leads 23-6-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Fifth-ranked Florida State has struggled in recent seasons against Wake Forest, losing four of the last six. Wake Forest pretty much ended the Seminoles' chances for winning the conference or get a BCS bid last year with a 35-30 win. The Seminoles are tied with Oklahoma at No. 5 in the Top 25, and this will be the Seminoles first ACC game and first vs. FBS opponents. Wake Forest goes into the game nearly a four touchdown underdog. The Demon Deacons have eked out wins of Liberty and North Carolina and now takes on a Seminole team that hasn't allowed a touchdown, albeit against inferior competition. Wake Forest has winnable games against Army, Duke and Maryland and an open date in the four weeks following the trip to Florida State.

KEY MATCHUP

Florida State's heralded pass rush led by junior DE Bjoern Werner will try to slow down Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price, who was the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive back of the week for his performance in a win over North Carolina last Saturday when he completed 27 of 38 passes for a career-high 327 yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida State: Werner has five sacks in as many quarters this season. He has 15.5 career sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses. Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, on the other end, has 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss with just two career starts.

Wake Forest: Price passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns in the Demon Deacons 35-30 win over the Seminoles last year.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Coach Jimbo Fisher is 21-8 at Florida State, 17-8 against FBS teams, 11-6 in ACC play ... The Seminoles' Rodney Smith has caught at least one pass in the last 27 games ... Florida State placekicker Dustin Hopkins hopes to begin a new streak after his consecutive number of successful point after kicks ended at 145 in last week's win over Savannah State ... Hopkins needs 45 points to become the career scoring leader at Florida State and the Atlantic Coast Conference ... Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro is tied for the national lead with 22 catches in the first two games.