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Florida State’s quarterbacks are sharp; can USF crack 20 at East Carolina?

The Seminoles haven’t led the ACC in passing since 2012. But they might do it this year.
Florida State quarterback James Blackman looks to pass against Wake Forest during the first half in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Oct. 19. [NELL REDMOND  |  AP]
Florida State quarterback James Blackman looks to pass against Wake Forest during the first half in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Oct. 19. [NELL REDMOND | AP]
Published Oct. 25, 2019

Florida State enters its Homecoming game against Syracuse leading the ACC in completion percentage (66.2). If that holds, it would be the first since 2012 that the Seminoles led the league in that category. FSU hasn’t announced whether James Blackman or Alex Hornibrook will start — Blackman is the presumptive favorite — but either quarterback would get tested. Syracuse’s pass defense ranks No. 11 nationally in opponents’ completion percentage (52.1).

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Can USF top 20?

USF has scored at least 20 points in eight of its nine all-time games against East Carolina. Doing it again might be a challenge. The Bulls have only hit that scoring mark in four of their seven games and travel to Greenville banged-up at quarterback, while East Carolina has a middle-of-the-pack defense. Three touchdowns might be enough to win. Can USF get there?

Davis charging at UCF records

UCF receiver Gabriel Davis has a chance to make history at Temple. His 10 touchdown catches are only four from tying the Knights’ single-season record (Bret Cooper, 1992). That might be a stretch in one game, but another 100-yard performance would be his fifth in a row and tie a program record.

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Tweet of the week

Coastal chaos

If you think 5-2 Pitt will dominate 3-4 Miami at home, then you don’t know the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia beat Pitt, who topped Duke, who knocked off Virginia Tech, who toppled North Carolina, who crushed Georgia Tech, who stung Miami, who upset Virginia to complete the circle of chaos. Expect an ugly game with two good defenses, but knowing the Coastal, expect some ridiculous fun, too.


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    Florida State's Kiah Gillespie in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
  2. Florida State's Malik Osborne (10) reacts late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
  3. Florida State guard M.J. Walker tries to drive past Pittsburgh guard Xavier Johnson during their game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tallahassee.
  4. Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) smashes into LSU Tigers safety John Battle (26) in the second quarter. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
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Florida Gators wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) catches the ball near the end zone in the third quarter in a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
  6. Pittsburgh's Justin Champagnie (11) and Florida State's Malik Osborne (10) battle for a rebound in the first half in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
  7. Florida State quarterback James Blackman (1) throws during the first half of the 2019 season opener against Boise State in Tallahassee.
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    Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a press conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Norvell is Florida State's new coach, taking over a Seminoles program that has struggled while he was helping to build Memphis into a Group of Five power.
  9. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens.
  10. FSU booster Brian Murphy (far right) sits with his wife, Renee, son, Parker and daughter, Devin, at Doak Campbell Stadium.
  11. Florida State fans will have the opportunity to cheer on their Seminoles against LSU at New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2022 and at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium in 2023.
  12. ESPN films game action  on the final day of the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore. Fields in Clearwater last year.