Miami vs. Florida State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Miami vs. Florida State fearless prediction and game preview.
Miami (3-0) vs. Florida State (1-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Forget about lamenting about what this game used to mean to the sports world. It used to be the national championship in the regular season – or come close to it – but Miami hasn’t been to the ACC Championship since joining the ACC, and Florida State has started out its 2017 season with a fizzle.
The Hurricanes are starting to look the part again. They might not have the swagger of the late-1980s/early 1990s teams, and they definitely don’t have the talent of some of the early 2000s versions, but the young stars are growing up fast on defense, and the offense has the playmakers – if not the depth.
There might be some tough games left to deal with – Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame – but there are only three more road games with this, North Carolina and Pitt.
Florida State is playing like it’s just trying to get by.
It’s hurt, it’s not playing well, and it’s in danger of seeing what could’ve been – and still can be – a special season quickly falling into the abyss. But beat the Hurricanes, take care of Louisville at home in a few weeks, don’t drop anything against the Dukes and Boston Colleges of the world, and then roll the dice at Clemson.
But first, Florida State has to find its own attitude again. Beat the Canes, and the season quickly takes a left turn.
One Reason Why Miami Will Win
Florida State offensive line, meet the Miami defensive front.
Part of the issue for the Seminoles is the quarterback situation. No one seems to buy the idea that QB James Blackman can handle the rush, and Wake Forest sent the house last week – setting a school record for tackles for loss.
And now, FSU’s shaky offensive front is dead last in the nation in tackles for loss allowed – giving up almost 11 per game – along with four sacks per game.
It doesn’t help that Wake Forest really does have an aggressive and good defensive front, or that playing Alabama to start the season is an issue, or that NC State has NFL talent on its line, but that’s part of the deal. Florida State is supposed to be good enough to handle just about anyone’s pass rush.
Enter the Miami defense that’s seconding the nation in tackles for loss – behind Wake Forest – and tenth in sacks.
This is a relentless defense that doesn’t stop bringing the heat. Can Blackman use this and exploit the D that’s coming at hime with its hair on fire? He was okay under the pressure against the Demon Deacons, but he’s going to need to be better than 11-of-21 for 121 yards this week.
One Reason Why Florida State Will Win
The Seminole defense might be just good enough to pull this off, especially if the defensive tackles are crashing into the backfield.
Yeah, Wake Forest was able to get behind the FSU line, but FSU was able to do its part on the other side of the ball with two sacks and ten tackles for loss.
For all the positives for the Hurricanes so far, they’re not great at grinding out long drives, they struggle on third downs on both sides of the ball, and they don’t have much of a punting game so far.
FSU needs its defensive line to pressure QB Malik Rosier and make him uncomfortable early, it has to win the field position battle, and it has to start connecting on third down plays.
The Nole offense hits on just 27% of its third down chances as a result of all the pressure it allows. That has to quickly change.
What’s Going To Happen
Florida State will find the pride again on its home field in a massive do-or-die rivalry moment – but that won’t be enough.
The defense will rise up and shut down the Cane attack cold for long stretches, but the offense is going to keep having problems converting when it has to.
Both defenses will be dealing. Miami’s will be just a wee bit more effective.
Wake Forest would’ve beaten FSU last week with a little more talent and athleticism. That talent and athleticism are coming to Tallahassee this week.
Miami vs. Florida State Prediction
Miami 27, Florida State 23
Miami -3, o/u: 46.5
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