Though they've lost three straight, the Florida St. Seminoles are 13-point favorites on the road against the 3-2 Duke Blue Devils this week. The Seminoles are 0-2 within the ACC and will be attempting to avoid their first 0-3 start within the conference since joining 20 years ago.
Junior quarterback E.J. Manuel leads the Seminoles' passing attack, which averages an ACC-best 325.4 yards per game. Manuel has completed 63.4 percent of his pass attempts for 952 yards with eight touchdowns, but has been intercepted six times. Overall, Seminoles quarterbacks -- redshirt freshman Clint Trickett started the Clemson game -- have 15 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, with both showing a preference to throw to Rashad Greene, who has a team-high 26 receptions for 457 yards and six touchdowns. Greene's production has steadily risen each week, but it may be hard to top his 12 receptions for 163 yards in last week's loss to Wake Forest.
Since opening the season with back-to-back losses to Richmond and Stanford, Duke has won three straight, including a 20-19 over the Boston College Eagles. Junior quarterback Sean Renfree is completing over 70 percent of his pass attempts for 1,361yards, but has just five touchdowns this season, four of which have gone to Conner Vernon (34 rec., 505 yards). Duke does have 12 rushing touchdowns, with Juwan Thompson leading the team with four scores to go along with his team-high 282 rushing yards in place of the injured Desmond Scott.
Game date, time: 3pm ET, Saturday, October 15, 2011
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
TV channel: Raycom Sports Network (FS Florida)
Spread: Seminoles are favored by 13.5 points
Series history: Seminoles lead the all-time series, 16-0.
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