- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

Texas State (7-5 2014) at No. 10 Florida State (13-1), 8 p.m. (ESPNews)

Line: Florida State by 29

Series Record: First meeting


After being the defending national champion and top-ranked team entering last season, Florida State comes into this year with plenty of questions. Only four starters return on offense while the defense had five games last year where it allowed 30 points or more. The Seminoles though have an easier opening game compared to the past couple seasons. In 2013, they opened at Pittsburgh and last year faced Oklahoma State in a neutral-site game. Texas State, which is coached by Dennis Franchione, is looking to have consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1984.


Florida State junior WR Bobo Wilson against Texas State senior CB David Mims. Wilson is the Seminoles’ top returning receiver from last season (42 catches, 527 yards, 4 touchdowns) and anchors a group that is young and inexperienced. Mims is one of the top corners in the Sun Belt Conference and have five interceptions last year.


Texas State: QB Tyler Jones completed 65.3 percent of his passes last season, which was a school record, and has the third-longest touchdown pass streak in the country entering the season at 16 games.

Florida State: QB Everett Golson won the starting job after arriving on campus as a graduate transfer from Notre Dame. In two seasons with the Fighting Irish, Golson went 17-6 and had five 300-yard passing games last season.


Texas State is facing a ranked team for the fourth time in school history and is looking for its first win. … Franchione is facing the Seminoles for the first time and has a 2-4 career record against ACC teams. … The Bobcats are just one of eight FBS schools to return a 2,600-yard passer (Jones) and 1,000-yard rusher (Robert Lowe). … Florida State is opening at home for the first time since 2012. … The Seminoles are 12-0 at home against unranked non-conference teams under Jimbo Fisher, who is entering his sixth season. The Seminoles have won those games by an average margin of 42.3 points. … Fisher said sophomore RB Dalvin Cook would not be under any playtime restrictions despite missing most of preseason drills. Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery on Aug. 24 and returned to practice the following day.

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