The NC State defense will have its hands full with Florida State's offense, particularly freshman phenom Jameis Winston. The young gun slinger has been masterful in leading an offense that is averaging 53.2 ppg on a whopping 551.7 ypg. Last weekend in Death Valley, Winston played like a savvy veteran, throwing for 444 yards and three TDs, while rushing for another score. Winston is a huge reason why the Seminoles lead the nation in red zone efficiency (.971), converting 34-of-35 opportunities, with 26 touchdowns.
Winston isn't alone, as depth both in the backfield and on the outside has helped his learning process as well. The ground game is generating a healthy 210.3 yards per game, with a trio of quality backs leading the charge in Devonta Freeman (6.3 ypc, four TDs), Karlos Williams (8.5 ypc, six TDs) and James Wilder Jr. (5.5 ypc, two TDs). Wideout Rashad Greene (31 receptions, 553 yards, seven TDs) is a difference maker down the field, while fellow WRs Kenny Shaw (28 receptions, 530 yards, three TDs) and Kelvin Benjamin (20 receptions, 361 yards, four TDs) and tight end Nick O'Leary (16 receptions, 293 yards, five TDs) test secondaries as well.
A complete team, Florida State's defense has been just as impressive as the offense this season. The Seminoles are third nationally in scoring defense (12.3 ppg), second in pass defense (158.0 ypg) and sixth in total defense (285.0 ypg).
Standout performers on the defensive side of the ball for FSU include linebacker Telvin Smith and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner. Smith leads the team in tackles (43 tackles, with 5.0 TFL). Joyner was the National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Clemson, finishing with eight tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and one interception. He is second on the team in tackles (33) and has three sacks on the season.