1. College Football News Preview 2020: Florida State Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
There’s a good chance new head coach Mike Norvell will be able to benefit from the groundwork set by Willie Taggart.
Florida State needed a reboot. It’s not necessarily that things got stale under Jimbo Fisher, but there was a talent dip, Clemson rose up into superpower status, and the program that’s supposed to be among the elite of the nation’s elite on a regular basis was reduced to simply trying to make a bowl game.
Norvell was one of the hot gets among the offseason coaching hires, but – like Taggart – he has yet to win a bowl game and he has never been an FBS head coach.
However, he inherits a veteran team that has just enough talent to make this a good first season.
The offense has options to play around with on the line, a new running back has to emerge – it should be Texas A&M transfer Jashaun Corbin – and the receiving corps should grow into one of the team’s biggest strengths. As long as QB James Blackman can take his experience and game up another level, the O should be fine.
The defense has way, way too much talent and experience to not be appreciably better. There are at least three NFL top 50 picks to work around, the depth is good, and the athleticism is there to attack like the new coaching staff is going to want to do.
Set The Florida State Regular Season Win Total At … 6
If this was national championship-level Florida State, the schedule would work out great.
Clemson is a killer, and Pitt, Virginia and North Carolina are tough, but they all have to come to Tallahassee. NC State and Miami will be better – both games are on the road – and dealing with Louisville won’t be easy, but the road games aren’t that bad.
It’s been a rough start for Norvell – with an apparent communication issue with the team during the BLM protests, and with concerns from a few receivers about COVID testing – and now the pressure is on, off and on the field.
On it, there’s way too much talent and experience across the board to not come up with a winning season – something that’s been a fight over the last few years – and set the tone for what should be a resurgence in the program.
Don’t expect a conference title again quite yet, but six wins or more would be a great start.