Florida State prepared for depleted Charleston Southern


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When Charleston Southern takes the field on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, they will do so without their full roster. CSU will withhold 14 players who will be serving a one-game suspension for using book money at the campus bookstore on other items, such as electronics, clothing or snacks.

Even with all of its players, Charleston Southern - a Football Championship Subdivision team - entered the game as huge underdogs against the Seminoles. The Buccaneers are 0-16 against Football Bowl Subdivision teams and have lost by an average of 52.5 points the four times they have faced a team ranked in the top 10.

In Jimbo Fisher's seven years as coach, Florida State has defeated the seven FCS teams it has faced by an average of nearly seven touchdowns (48.3 points). One of those was a 62-10 win over Charleston Southern five years ago.

After Monday night’s thrilling comeback win over Ole Miss the, Seminoles had a short week to prepare for the Buccaneers triple-option offense. They run their version out of the shotgun and FSU will have to play assignment football on defense.

“They’re not an easy team to prepare for," said Fisher during Wednesday’s teleconference. “We’re cramming it right now like we’re cramming for an exam.”

A win against Charleston Southern would extend the Seminoles home winning streak to 22 games.