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Inside the numbers: FSU’s stats at midpoint

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Florida State’s run game continues to be a bright spot in 2020 at the midpoint. The Seminoles are one of the top 25 rush offenses nationally, averaging 197 yards per game.

While the performance of the team has been wildly inconsistent game to game — as well as within games — the Seminoles have established an effective ground attack since Jordan Travis has taken over at quarterback. FSU’s last four games have been productive, with the team rushing for 241 yards in the win over UNC and 265 yards in the loss to Louisville. In six games, FSU is averaging 4.9 yards per carry (more than 1 yard better than the 3.8 average of 2019).

FSU has also been at its best to begin games and coming out of halftime. The Seminoles have scored on eight of 12 opening drives of a half, yielding 47 points. The Seminoles produced a 65-yard touchdown drive to open Saturday’s game.

Beyond the run game improvement, there are some individual bright spots for cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. and punter Alex Mastromanno but the team numbers reflect FSU’s problems on defense and an up-and-down passing game.

Here is a look at some numbers for Florida State football at the midpoint of the 2020 season, courtesy of the cfbstats.com database. FSU’s individual stats can also be found here.

Scoring offense: 22.8 points per game, 79th in the FBS

Total offense: 401.8 yards per game, 53rd in the FBS

Rushing offense: 197 yards per game, 25th in the FBS. It’s worth mentioning that seven schools ahead of FSU have played just one game so far so if you put the minimum number of games played at two, the Seminoles have a top-20 rush offense.

Passing offense: 204.8 yards per game, 71st in the FBS

Red zone offense: FSU has scored on 17 of 24 trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, which is 86th in the FBS. (Only Georgia Tech and Syracuse are worse.) The Seminoles have 13 touchdowns, which means they get into the end zone on 54 percent of red-zone trips. They also have four made field-goal attempts.

Sacks allowed: 18, 92nd in the FBS. There were nine sacks in FSU’s first two games and most of those snaps had James Blackman at quarterback. This total is also skewed by teams that have only played a handful of games.

Scoring defense: 35 points per game, 78th in the FBS. Only Georgia Tech is worse in the ACC

Total defense: 490.5 yards per game, 92nd in the FBS. This is the worst in the ACC but also stunningly one spot better than Florida

Rushing defense: 208.6 yards per game, 82nd in the FBS. This is the worst in the ACC

Passing defense: 281.8 yards per game, 83rd in the FBS. This is the worst in the ACC

Penalties: 60 penalties for 520 yards, 86 penalty yards per game, 94th in the FBS. This is the worst in the ACC

Kicks/punts blocked: 1st in the FBS with five. Marvin Wilson has three blocks, which also leads the FBS

Interceptions: Asante Samuel Jr.’s three is tied with a group of players for first in the FBS 

Punting: Alex Mastromanno is 33rd in the FBS, averaging 43 yards per punt.

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