Five storylines: Florida State

It's a second straight week against an overmatched opponent for Florida State, which takes on a Savannah State team coming off one of the ugliest losses in recent college football history, an 84-0 smack-down at the hands of Oklahoma State.

Like with the opener against Murray State, there's little upside for FSU in this week's game beyond the easy win and a chance to pad some stats, but there will nevertheless be a handful of intriguing questions for the Seminoles as kickoff approaches.

1. How much will the starters play?

Oklahoma State pulled many of its starters before halftime, which hardly gave coach Mike Gundy much of a look at his best players in Week 1. Considering ACC play begins for FSU next week, Jimbo Fisher would certainly like to see a bit more of his No. 1s against Savannah State, but he also isn't interested in embarrassing an overmatched opponent. Fisher said EJ Manuel will get enough snaps to be ready for Wake Forest, but it's hard to envision a scenario in which the QB is still throwing the ball in the third quarter.

2. Can FSU stay healthy?

Sure, it's Savannah State that should be worried about the bigger, stronger, faster Seminoles, but as Brandon Jenkins found out against Murray State, it doesn't take a fearsome opponent to end a player's season. Fisher said he's not going into this game worrying about protecting players from potential injuries, but in a game FSU will win easily, another season-ending injury could turn Week 2 into a major loss for the Seminoles.

3. Who plays at defensive end?

Cornellius Carradine will slide into the starting spot vacated by Jenkins, but what happens with the No. 2 unit is a bit of a mystery. Giorgio Newberry should get more snaps, and he'll likely be Florida State's third D-end in the rotation, but Fisher has promised to take off the redshirt for either Mario Edwards Jr. or Chris Casher -- he just hasn't specified which one it will be.

4. Will there be any padding of stats for FSU?

In a Week 1 blowout, none of the Seminoles put together a particularly gaudy stat line, due in large part to playing time. But as players consider end-of-season awards and goals, adding a 100-yard game or racking up double-digit tackles -- or in the case of Bjoern Werner, getting halfway to his 2011 season total for sacks in one game -- could be in the back of their minds as they beat up on an overmatched adversary.

5. Is this real prep for Wake Forest?

FSU was supposed to be playing West Virginia this week, and the Mountaineers certainly would have been a better test for what's in store once the conference slate begins with Wake Forest in Week 3. Instead, the build-up for ACC play includes two FCS foes, which means relatively little game film of value and almost no real adversity for the Seminoles to overcome before the real games begin.