Florida State Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
It’ll be a good first season under Willie Taggart, but it won’t be an instant splash to challenge for the ACC title.
The offensive line will continue to be a problem, and the offensive style – much like it did in the one year at Oregon – will hit a wall a bit too often against the better teams.
Don’t be stunned when it’s another fight just to get a bowl bid against a nasty schedule with way too many underdog games.
The defense will be fine, but there won’t be a big improvement over last season’s solid group. Cam Akers, Jacques Patrick and the running game will be stronger, and getting Deondre Francois back will help one way or another.
But this is a wee bit of a rebuild – it’s not going to happen quickly with this slate.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 8
It might seem insane to disrespect win total will be that low, but where are the 100%, rock-solid, sure-thing wins?
Samford is one, and … Boston College? After last year’s 35-3 stomping from the Eagles?
Wake Forest? Yeah, it’s in Tallahassee, and Northern Illinois – even though it might be the MAC’s best team – shouldn’t be an issue, but really, what can FSU feel all that great about with this slate?
Road games at Syracuse, Louisville, Miami, NC State and Notre Dame? Win three of those and be happy.
Home dates against Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida? Win two of the three and be ecstatic – and there can’t be any strange letdowns like last season.
If everything breaks the right way and comes together in a hurry, a nine-win regular season is possible, but seven is more likely.