FSU hasn't faced many freshman QBs at Doak
The biggest question this week is how USF redshirt freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels can fare making his first career start on the road against FSU at a sold-out Doak Campbell Stadium.
Going back through the record books, not many freshman quarterbacks have had the chance to start a game at FSU -- none since 2006 and only two in the past 40 games played at Doak Campbell.
The good news for USF? That freshman, Wake Forest's Riley Skinner, left town with a 30-0 victory against the Seminoles, thanks largely to a defense that held FSU to 139 yards of total offense in that November 2006 game. Skinner didn't make mistakes -- he went 13-for-19 for 138 yards, with a touchdown pass and no interceptions.
Just a week earlier, Virginia started freshman Jameel Sewell in the same stadium, with nearly opposite results, as FSU got a 33-0 victory. Sewell mustered just 99 yards of total offense, with two interceptions.
The only other freshman quarterback to start against FSU at Doak Campbell since the start of the 2002 season was Georgia Tech's Reggie Ball, who nearly pulled off an upset, losing 14-13 to the Seminoles in September 2003. Ball's numbers, again, were modest -- 99 yards of total offense, with no touchdowns and an interception.
So obviously the biggest way for Daniels to make a name for himself is to lead USF to an improbable victory. But statistically, if he can pile up more than 133 yards of total offense, it'll be the most by a freshman quarterback in that stadium in at least seven years, and if he accounts for more than one touchdown, that will be the most by a freshman QB in that span as well.
-- One more stat, this from FSU's game notes -- Bobby Bowden has won 15 straight games against first-time opponents for FSU, which is to say that nobody getting their first shot at FSU has beaten the Seminoles since Michigan did so in 1986.
And of the 16 previous schools who got their first shot at FSU in Tallahassee, none has been able to win -- or come closer than 14 points in losing. The average score in those 16 games has been 43-10.