- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Citadel (0-1) vs. No. 1 Florida State (1-0), 7:35 p.m. EDT

Line: No line.

Series: Florida State leads 5-0-1.


Florida State gets the opportunity to refine some rough edges that showed in its 37-31 victory over Oklahoma State last week. The Citadel, an FCS school, gets a $440,000 paycheck and the opportunity to face the No. 1 team in the nation.


Florida State’s defense runs a nickel package most of the time, partly because of the frequency in which it plays spread offenses. The Seminoles will get a different look this week against The Citadel’s triple-option. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher compared it Georgia Tech’s offense. Florida State will be without starting cornerback P.J. Williams and defensive end/linebacker Chris Casher.


The Citadel: Senior defensive end Justin Oxendine was named first-team All-Southern Conference in 2013 after leading the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder finished with 46 tackles and will be tested against a Florida State offensive line that starts five seniors.

Florida State: Sophomore defensive back Jalen Ramsey had a career-high 12 tackles last week and looks to fill the role vacated when Lamarcus Joyner left for the NFL. The 6-1, 204-pounder moves to the nickelback with five defensive backs on the field, plays well against the run and is a dangerous blitzer.

FACTS & FIGURES: Florida State receiver Rashad Greene caught 11 passes for a career-high 203 yards in the season-opener. … The Seminoles have tied a school record with 17 consecutive victories. … Florida State is 34-2 in home openers dating to 1978. … Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has eight 300-yard passing games in 15 career starts. … This is the first time Citadel has faced the No. 1 team in FBS. … Citadel is 7-46 against FBS teams and 0-17 when those teams are ranked. … Citadel has 15 freshmen on its two-deep depth chart. …Citadel coach Mike Houston led Lenoir-Rhyne to the Division II national championship game in 2013.

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