The last time most of us saw Charleston Southern, the Buccaneers were playing a thoroughly enjoyable FCS season opener against five-time defending champion North Dakota State. That game was quintessentially college football, and it revealed the Buccaneers as a deeply flawed but also pretty fun college football team.
North Dakota State won that opener in overtime, but the Buccaneers gave them lots of problems. Their triple-option offense was hit-or-miss, but when it hit, there were home runs.
The Buccaneers don't have much of a passing game, not unlike other option teams. It's going to be awfully hard for them to beat Florida State in their game on Saturday, and it's going to be even harder because of 14 suspensions over how players spent money at the CSU campus bookstore.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, ROOT Sports (ACC Network)
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Florida State has been a massive favorite all week.
Three big things to know
1. The Deondre Francois encore. Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback was several kinds of brilliant in his debut against Ole Miss, posting a more prolific first act than even Jameis Winston a few years back. How Francois does against an FCS defense – albeit, a solid one – after shredding up one from the SEC is an open question, but you probably already know the answer.
2. Can FSU wrangle the CSU option? The talent disparity between the teams is enormous, but if Charleston Southern manages to shock the Seminoles with an option offense, it won't be the first time such a unit has maddened an elite team. Remember what Georgia Southern did to Alabama in 2011, when the Eagles went for 7.7 yards per carry and 300 total? The Noles will seek to avoid that kind of fate, even though Alabama still won.
3. Will Dalvin be Dalvin? Probably, yes. Cook was kind of off against Ole Miss, staying well under 100 yards and also making the least necessary error of his football life. Cook gets to play a home game against a lesser opponent now, and he'll have a chance to look a lot more like the guy we've become accustomed to watching.