ESPN updates Florida State's ranking amongst all 22 undefeated teams
ESPN’s Bill Connelly updated his ranking of all 22 remaining undefeated teams in FBS on Tuesday morning.
That’s largely due to FSU’s lack of efficiency in the run game so far, Connelly wrote. Here’s some of his analysis:
The run game isn’t working. Trey Benson, Lawrance Toafili and Rodney Hill have averaged just 4.6 yards per carry with just two rushes of 20-plus yards. The Noles are a jarring 125th in rushing success rate. That puts so much on Jordan Travis’ shoulders.
Florida State has relied more on its passing game so far this season. The Noles rank last in the ACC in rushing attempts per game with 31.5. They come in at No. 6 in the league in yards per attempt with 4.6.
FSU’s defense has also been questionable at times this season. They rank 11th in the ACC so far in yards-per-play allowed with 5.73 to this point in the year.
Still, Florida State is 4-0 and has wins over LSU and Clemson already on its résumé. Those early wins should give FSU some margin-for-error with regards to the College Football Playoff. They also afford FSU the ability to work on their efficiency on both sides of the ball as the schedule lightens up over the next few weeks.
Florida State will host Virginia Tech on Saturday.