- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

No. 5 Notre Dame (6-0) at No. 2 Florida State (6-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Florida State by 12 ½

Series: Florida State leads 5-2

WHAT’S AT STAKE:

Notre Dame could be the last ranked opponent that Florida State faces during the regular season. The Seminoles dropped to No. 2 last week despite an undefeated record and this may be the last chance to impress the selection committee with a high-profile victory. A Fighting Irish win puts them in the heart of the place race in the back half of the season.

KEY MATCHUP

Dual-threat quarterbacks have had a measure of success against Florida State in 2014. Oklahoma State’s J.W. Walsh, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and N.C. State’s Jacoby Brissett were all handful for the Seminoles’ defense. Notre Dame’s Everett Golson has some of those same skills. He has thrown for 1,683 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Golson is also second on the team with 209 rushing yards with a team-high four touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Notre Dame: LB Jaylon Smith leads the team with 49 tackles and 6 1-2 tackles for loss. He is also tied for second on the team with two sacks. He became the first freshman linebacker in school history to start the season-opener since 1995 and started all 13 games. Smith’s 67 tackles in 2013 were the third most by a freshman in school history and the most since 1973.

Florida State: TE Nick O’Leary has been up and down statistically, but remains one of the top players at the position in the country. He is coming off a career-high eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown against Syracuse.

FACTS & FIGURES

Florida State has won a school-record 22 consecutive games. … FSU WR Rashad Green is 451 yards and seven touchdowns from breaking both school career records. … The Florida State offense has scored at least 30 points in 20 of its last 21 games. … Notre Dame WR Will Fuller has seven receiving touchdowns in 6 games to tie for the fifth most in the country. … Notre Dame’s 10 interceptions are tied for the eighth-most in the country. … The Fighting Irish are playing their first true road game of 2014 after playing two neutral site games in September.


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