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UL defensive lineman Zi'Yon Hill-Green (4) is now tied and only needs half a sack in his final three games to break the school's all-time sack record.

INSIDE THE GAME

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

A win would get UL bowl eligible for a school-record fifth straight season and give the Cajuns their first win over an ACC program.

KEY MATCHUP

UL’s O-line vs. FSU's front seven — If the Cajuns aren’t able to run the ball effectively, sustaining drives and protecting the passer will be a chore. Florida State is allowing 138.6 yards rushing per game while the Cajuns gain 141.6 yards rushing per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cajuns: Junior safety Kam Pedescleaux has collected 59 tackles, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles this season.

Seminoles: Junior quarterback Jordan Travis has thrown for 2,414 yards with 20 TDs with only four interceptions. He also has rushed for 246 yards and three more scores.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is the first meeting between the two schools. … FSU is the only Power Five school with two 30-point wins on the road this season. … UL DE Zi’Yon Hill-Green is just half a sack shy of setting the new school record. … Seminoles are one of two teams ranked in the top 25 in kickoff return average, punt return average and punt return defense. … The Seminoles have scored on 14 of 20 first drives of a half with 13 touchdowns. … FSU joins Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama as the only four teams to rank in the top 20 in both total offense and total defense. … During its three-game winning streak, FSU is outscoring foes 124-22 and completing 72.1% of passes. … FSU is 25-9-1 against current Sun Belt schools. … FSU QB Jordan Travis was the second Seminole ever to run, catch and throw TDs in the same game last week vs. Syracuse. … FSU RB Trey Benson became the first Seminoles player to ever open a game with a kickoff return for a TD vs. Boston College. … FSU’s defense has 29 sacks this season, while the offense has given up 16. … The Cajuns are averaging 26.6 points and 368.7 total yards a game, while giving up 21.2 points and 354.3 total yards a game. … Florida State is averaging 34 points and 477.1 total yards, while allowing 18.1 points and 293.6 total yards.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

23 – Florida State’s defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in 23 straight drives.

5 – Number of consecutive games the Seminoles have rushed for at least 200 yards for the program’s longest streak since 1995.

37.2 – FSU coach Mike Norvell ranks third nationally in points per game as a head coach at 37.2 since 2016.

FOUR DOWNS

1 – Field position?

It's not a big concern for Florida State, which has seven TD drives of 90-plus yards this season and is second nationally with 15 TD drives of 80-plus yards.

2 – Big play potential

Florida State leads the nation with 75 offensive plays of 20 or more yards.

3 – Pass defense

The Seminoles are ranked No. 2 nationally in passing yards allowed at 155, including only 127 over the last two games.

4 – Fast starters

Florida State has outscored foes 195-81 in the first half this season, holding seven teams to three or fewer points in the first half.

SCHEDULES

FLORIDA STATE (7-3, 5-3)

Aug. 27 Duquesne, W 47-7

Sept. 4 LSU, W 24-23

Sept. 16 At Louisville, W 35-31

Sept. 24 Boston College, W 44-14

Oct. 1 Wake Forest, L 31-21

Oct. 8 At NC State, L 19-17

Oct. 15 Clemson, L 34-28

Oct. 29 Georgia Tech, W 41-16

Nov. 5 At Miami, W 45-3

Nov. 12 At Syracuse, W 38-3

Nov. 19 UL, 11 a.m.

Nov. 25 Florida, 6:30 p.m.

UL (5-5, 3-4)

Sept. 3 Southeastern, La., W 24-7

Sept. 10 Eastern Michigan, W 49-21

Sept. 17 At Rice, L 33-21

Sept. 24 At ULM, L 21-17

Oct. 1 South Alabama, L 20-17

Oct. 12 at Marshall, W 23-12

Oct. 22 Arkansas State, W 38-18

Oct. 27 At Southern Miss, L 39-24

Nov. 5 Troy, L 23-17

Nov. 10 Georgia Southern, W 36-17

Nov. 19 At Florida State, 11 a.m.

Nov. 26 At Texas State, 4 p.m.

THE ADVOCATE SAYS …

Florida State 38, Louisiana 17

How much will UL be intimidated in a matchup like this? Not much since the program has done enough to avoid that obstacle. How likely is Florida State to be sleepwalking with Florida up next? That could happen. Still, this one looks like a real long shot for the Cajuns on paper. When you look at the numbers, it’s actually hard to understand how the Seminoles lost three games, especially after beating LSU in the opener. They can run it and throw it on offense. Defensively, they can stop the run and nobody limits the pass more. Without turning the ball over, the Cajuns may cover. With multiple turnovers, they likely won't.


Email Kevin Foote at kfoote@theadvocate.com.