- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1 ACC) at No. 14 Florida State (4-2, 1-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Florida State by 21.

Series Record: Florida State leads 27-6-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Wake Forest is off to its best start since 2006, when it won the Atlantic Coast Conference title. Florida State got a big win last week at No. 16 Miami and is looking to sustain momentum going into a bye week and then an Oct. 29 showdown against No. 3 Clemson.

KEY MATCHUP

Wake Forest LB Marquel Lee vs. Florida State RB Dalvin Cook. Lee, a 6-foot-3 senior, had a career high 15 tackles, including 5½ for loss, in last week’s win over Syracuse. He is part of a Demon Deacons defense that is fifth in the ACC and 23rd nationally in run defense (118.7 yards per game). Cook leads the nation in total yards from scrimmage (1,130) and leads Power Five backs in rushing yards (785). The 5-foot-11 junior is averaging 185.7 rushing yards in the past three games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wake Forest: DE Duke Ejiofor. The junior is second in the conference in sacks (6½) and tackles for loss (10). He has recorded at least half a sack in nine of the past 13 games he has played.

Florida State: QB Deondre Francois. The freshman threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns last week. He is also taking care of the ball as he hasn’t committed a turnover in the past three games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Florida State has defeated Wake by an average of 41 points in the past three games played in Tallahassee. … The Seminoles are second in the nation in time of possession, averaging 36 minutes, 11 seconds per game. … FSU is running the ball on 58 percent of its offensive plays, which is the highest percentage since Jimbo Fisher became coach in 2010. .. The Demon Deacons are fourth nationally in red zone defense (63 percent), allowing only 12 scores in 19 attempts. … Wake Forest’s Cam Serigne has 61 receptions the past two seasons, which is second among tight ends nationally.

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