From the 7:15 mark in the first quarter to the 10:31 mark of the second, FSU’s offense ran four plays, and the Seminoles scored 28 points. That’s what kind of day it was in a 59-3 win over Wake Forest. Here’s how the win affected the Power Rankings (last week’s ranking in parentheses).
1. QB Jameis Winston (1): It wasn’t Winston’s sharpest performance, but who could blame him? The offense barely saw the field in the second quarter, and it was incredibly difficult to get in a rhythm. The question is, given the remaining opponents, when will it be easy to get into a rhythm?
2. CB Lamarcus Joyner (2): Four tackles, including assisting on a TFL. Another solid performance from Joyner, who somehow managed to finish without a pick in a game when FSU defenders had six of them.
3. RB Devonta Freeman (3): Slow going for Freeman, who found little running room. He had just 11 yards on six carries -- a long of 3 -- but did score for the ninth time this season.
4. WR Rashad Greene (4): He was FSU’s leading receiver (5 for 47 yards) but it wasn’t a big day for any of usual the offensive stars, and Greene did have a key drop.
5. DT Timmy Jernigan (6): Six tackles by halftime, dominating the line of scrimmage, and utterly stuffing Wake’s run game up the middle.
6. LB Telvin Smith (5): Three tackles, but like most of the starters, he didn’t need to do much.
7. S Jalen Ramsey (NR): For the most part this season, Ramsey has been so good he’s gone unnoticed. His scoop and score on a fumble Saturday was a highlight, but really, Wake didn’t test him much. It’s saying something that a true freshman is earning real respect from the opposition.
8. DE Mario Edwards Jr. (10): Since he returned to the lineup following hand surgery in Week 6, FSU’s first-team defense has allowed 21 points in five games. Edwards picked off a pass against Wake to go with a TFL.
9. S Terrence Brooks (7): Brooks missed Saturday’s game with a concussion, but that may have actually been a nice contribution. Brooks’ replacement, Nate Andrews, created three turnovers and scored on one.
10. DE Christian Jones (9): His impact at rush end has been big, and he was in the backfield often Saturday, despite finishing with just one tackle.