NoleGameday Staff Score Predictions: FSU at NC State

Florida State travels to North Carolina State tomorrow with the hope of winning its first road game of 2020 and preventing a three-game losing streak. It’s not going to be an easy task against a Wolfpack team that competed hard with Miami a week ago and that will be extremely motivated for this contest after falling to the Seminoles last season. In particular, former ‘Nole Bailey Hockman will be looking to get revenge after the beating he took in 2019. Hockman had his best performance of the season against the Hurricanes and is trying to build off of that performance in this matchup.

As for FSU, true freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy is likely to make his first career start with Jordan Travis still hampered by a shoulder injury and a concussion. It’ll be up to the offensive line to step up in the absence of Devontay Love-Taylor and provide him with better protection against a Wolfpack defense that is a tier below Pittsburgh if Purdy is going to have any success.

If the defense could do anything, that’d be a nice surprise.

Our staff provides their predictions and analysis for Florida State at North Carolina State below.

Dustin Lewis (@Dussttin)

It’s pretty simple for me this week. Florida State is without its best offensive lineman, wide receiver, and will likely be starting a true freshman quarterback on the road. I have no confidence in the defense to do anything except look like an embarrassment yet again. When you add that in with Hockman, who will be motivated to come back strong against the Seminoles, it’s a potential recipe for disaster.

I just don’t see a way that FSU is able to keep this one close and that’s an indictment of the current state of the program. There’s a lot of things that have to change this offseason or the rebuild is just going to get even longer. When you’re getting blown out by mid to bottom tier ACC teams, there’s a big problem.

Score prediction: NC State 41, FSU 20

2020 record: 3-4

Logan Robinson (@LogansTwitty)

I hate their stadium and fans so much.

Score prediction: NC State 41, FSU 21

2020 record: 4-3

Austin Veazey (@NolesVikesVeaz)

Score prediction: NC State 34, FSU 17

2020 record: 4-3

Nate Greer (@NateGreer26)

FSU D won’t stop anyone.

Score prediction: NC State 40, FSU 21

2020 record: 3-3

Charleston Bowles (@Cbowles1)

Score prediction: NC State 34, FSU 21

2020 record: 3-4

Richard Barnes (@R_Barnes407)

Score Prediction: NC State 37, FSU 17

2020 record: 3-4

Tom Riddlestone

Bailey Hockman revenge tour.

Score prediction: NC State 69, FSU 67

2020 record: 3-4

Michael Settle (@SettlemlCFB)

Score prediction: NC State 31, FSU 20

2020 record: 2-3

CONSENSUS: North Carolina State (8-0)

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