Check out the Florida State vs. Miami fearless prediction and game preview.
Florida State (3-2) vs. Miami (4-0) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Why Florida State Will Win
So where’s the positive at the moment? What can the Seminoles count on?
After a rough few games, Dalvin Cook and the running game have kicked it all in the No. 4 following up a 267-yard day against USF with 140 yards and three touchdowns against North Carolina. The O line is playing better, and outside of the dud against Louisville, the production is there.
Miami has yet to deal with an offense with any semblance of balance.
The Hurricanes did just fine against the Georgia Tech running game, and the other three games were breathers against Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, and Appalachian State.
Now Miami has to actually face speed and athleticism – and a team desperate to come up with something big.
Yeah, the defense has had its issues against everyone but Charleston Southern, but at the very least it’s getting a chance to stay off the field. FSU dominates the time of possession, keeping the ball for over 36 minutes a game, while Miami only has it for about 24 minutes an outing.
As dangerous as the Miami D might be, FSU is more than used to dealing with the pressure this year. It’s more than prepared for a shootout.
Why Miami Will Win
The Miami defense has been everything the Florida State D is supposed to be.
It’s relentless into the backfield, and while it hasn’t proven quite yet that it can handle a physical pounding, it’s dominant from all angles. The line just keeps on coming with 17 different players generating 16 sacks and 48 tackles for loss. It makes up for mistakes by following them up with big plays.
The Georgia Tech running game was able to move okay last week, but the Hurricane defense scored twice and didn’t stop coming up with key stops. On the year, offenses have converted just 21% of their third down chances – Florida State had better be ready to deal with long third down situations in potentially windy conditions.
Offensively, Miami is striking an almost perfect balance with tremendous efficiency and effectiveness. Again, take this all with a grain of salt considering the competition so far, but the Canes have been able to do just about everything it’s wanted to in key moments.
Considering the Florida State defense is banged up, bruised, and struggling, it could be in for a long night.
What’s Going To Happen?
While the region is dealing with far more important and pressing issues thanks to Matthew, the storm relatively spared Miami. While there should be soggy and windy conditions on Saturday night, the weather shouldn’t be enough of an issue.
This is the moment for the Miami program to announce to a national audience that it’s back – sort of.
No, these aren’t your late 1980s/early 1990s Hurricanes, but Mark Richt’s team has a nice blend of young athletes on defense, and steady talent on offense to balance it all out.
Florida State will bring a different sort of effort in desperation mode after starting out 0-2 in ACC play, but Miami will be rocking.
Florida State vs. Miami Prediction
Final Score: Miami 31, Florida State 27
Line: Miami -3, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Served on a tee – 1: Not even with your $ … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Baldwin as Trump – 1: Masterminds … 5