The Seminoles are hardly fazed at facing another mobile quarterback in Va. Tech's Logan Thomas, but it would be to the defense's detriment to overlook how tough it is to bring down the hulking signal-caller.
Moving sophomore Cameron Erving from the DL to the OL has seen some transitional issues, but it also has helped the Florida State offensive line see massive improvement.
Florida State's trip to Virginia Tech will be a touch road test. As a native Virginian, EJ Manuel knows what to expect in his lone chance a win in home state.
DTs Everett Dawkins and Anthony McCloud know they have a dirty and unglamorous job, but they do it with aplomb.
Florida State's game at Virginia Tech on Thursday figures to be the most hostile environment they'll face this season, and the Seminoles haven't been nearly as dominant as they are at home.
They might be a team's star receiver, but to the FSU secondary, they're targets. Judging by the Seminoles' performances, they're hitting the bullseye.
Against Duke, Florida State sophomore backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. proved they could carry the load without Chris Thompson.