On Saturday at 6PM ET, the Florida State Seminoles will look to advance their 2013 record to 3-0 when they welcome the Bethune Cookman Wildcats of the FCS into Doak Campbell Stadium. This is a Wildcats team that is also unblemished on the year, as they will arrive into this contest carrying a 3-0 record on the year following a 34-13 victory over FIU this past weekend.
With that, let’s take a look at what Bethune Cookman brings to the table on the offensive side of the ball that the FSU defense will have to contend with:
Three different members of this squad have earned starts under center this year with Jackie Wilson, Brodrick Waters and Quentin Williams taking snaps. Of the three, Wilson and Williams seem to be the best options, each in their own way. Waters is far and away the most proficient passer of the three, while Williams is just as big of a running threat as the running backs in the backfield. It’ll be interesting to see which way they go come Saturday. With the speed of the FSU defense, I’d expect to see Williams get most of the snaps as his ability to keep things alive could come in handy.
This position is the strength of this offense. Hell, running the ball in general so far has been the strength for this program in 2013. Through three games, the Wildcats have four different playmakers that have amassed over 100 yards rushing. As a team, they’re averaging more than 250 yards-per-game.
This is due, in large part, to having two capable, hard-running backs in the backfield in Anthony Jordan and Cary White. In last week’s win over FIU, Jordan led the way with 150 yards on the ground and a score. So far this season, Jordan has carried the brunt of the load with 221 yards and two scores.
White is no slouch neither back there. On just 19 carries this season, White has 138 yards and three touchdowns.
For as big of a strength as the backfield is, the wide receiving corps may be just as much of a weakness. According to a stat I found from the Miami Herald, no Wildcats receiver has garnered more than 73 yards receiving on the year. This could be because of the inconsistency at the quarterback position, but they may want to see if there is any way that they can rectify this, because they’re going to need all the weapons they can get against Florida State.