Saturday Snapshot: Bucs vs. Seminoles

WR Willie Haulstead (US Presswire)

Offensively, defensively and on special teams, FSU is just vastly superior to Charleston Southern and should roll Saturday in Tallahassee. Here's a closer look at the matchup in our Saturday Snapshot.

KICKOFF: Saturday, 6 ET
SITE: Doak Campbell Stadium -- Tallahassee, Florida
SURFACE: Grass
TV: ESPN3
SERIES: First meeting
RECORDS: Charleston Southern 0-1; Florida State 1-0
POLLS: Florida State (No. 5 AP, No. 4 USA Today)
PREDICTION: Florida State 56-0

KEYS TO THE GAME

For Charleston Southern: Survive. The Bucs simply can't match up to the Seminoles in any way. Getting out with no serious injuries will be their No. 1 goal.

For Florida State: Show up. Unless their team bus crashes, the Seminoles should not be threatened by an FBS team that struggled to a 3-8 record last year. Charleston Southern managed less than 120 yards of total offense in a 62-0 season-opening loss to Central Florida.

SCOUTING THE TEAMS

Charleston Southern strugged in all phases of the game offensively in rushing for only a net 49 yards and throwing for 70 in the 62-0 loss to Central Florida. Probably the most significant statistic on the "plus" side was that the Buccaneers gave up only one sack and had only two turnovers.

The statistics from the opener are just as grim on the defensive side for the Bucs. They gave up 316 yards rushing and 244 through the air to the Knights. They did have one sack.

Despite the appearance of some erratic throws, FSU QB E.J. Manuel received a high grade from coach Jimbo Fisher after film review of the opener. Fisher liked the way Manuel managed the offense, made the proper checks and got the ball to the right player. The Seminoles are hopeful they will get the matchups needed to generate an explosive running game this week. They managed fewer than 100 yards rushing against ULM, largely because of the way the Warhawks stacked the line of scrimmage with the kind of fast athletes on defense to thwart power rushing.

Defensively, it's hard to find anything of concern from the Seminoles' first game. They gave up only a couple plays longer than 10 yards and rarely allowed ULM in position to think about a field goal. This week will be more of the same. But expect FSU to be working behind the scenes on its defensive game plan for Oklahoma. Any new wrinkles or formations the Seminoles are planning for the future won't be shown this week.

FAST FACTS

Buccaneers: Charleston Southern is only the second school from the Big South Conference to play Florida State. VMI is 1-2 against the Seminoles in a series played between 1952-54. ... The Bucs have faced one other ACC team, having lost to Miami 52-7 to open the 2007 season. ... Coach Jay Mills is in his ninth season at Charleston Southern. He has a 43-47 record. Among his previous stops were stints as an assistant under Lou Holtz at Notre Dame and South Carolina. ... The Bucs, who began playing football in 1991, didn't face its first FBS foe until 2007. They are 0-8 against them.

Seminoles: A win Saturday gives FSU its first 2-0 start since 2008, and another shutout would be the first back-to-back shutouts since 2003. ... WR Bert Reed is three catches away from tying Greg Carr for fifth place on the all-time receptions list. ... G David Spurlock became a bonus this season. After starting 27 consecutive games, the Seminoles were uncertain if he would ever play again after sustaining multiple concussions and missing the last seven games of the 2010 season. But after thorough medical examination, he was cleared to practice last week and experienced no further setbacks in the game. ... Junior TB Chris Thompson needs just two more yards to get to 1,000 rushing yards for his career. ... The Seminoles used 11 true freshmen, five redshirt freshmen and two-junior college transfers in their first game. This likely will be the final week to add any more newcomers, barring injuries. The Seminoles will redshirt the rest of their freshman class if no one else is ready to play right now.

INJURY WATCH

Buccanners: None reported.

Seminoles: WR Willie Haulstead (concussion, probable).

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