With Hurricane Matthew in the works, many thought this game would be altered in some way. Officials have decided to stay with the 8 PM kickoff in this rivalry that has been revived with the resurgence of Miami and the recent trials of Florida State. Will Miami earn their first big win of the season? Can FSU get back on track? Come find out.
8:14 PM ET. ABC. Noles. Canes. Fowler. Herbstreit. Hurricane Matthew. BE THERE.
Florida State Outlook
After being obliterated by Louisville and watching their hearts break against UNC, FSU has had a very turbulent season after their comeback win against Ole Miss in their first game. Freshman QB Deondre Francois has been smart and efficient in each of his games this year and the offense has been rolling. Dalvin Cook is a missile out of the backfield ready to break at any second and has also become a key cog in the passing game averaging 15-yards a catch on 19 catches. The problem is the defense.
Sophomore defensive phenom Derwin James was the head chief of this Seminole defense until he was sidelined by a left knee injury that he sustained in the third quarter against Charleston Southern. He may be back in the next few weeks. The defense has struggled since he went down. One bright spot is LB Matthew Thomas who is finally playing up to his 5-star billing as the Noles’ leading tackler (30). DL DeMarcus Walker, will be all over the line looking to disrupt the backfield (7.5 TFLs) and add to his sack total (6.5).
FSU’s defense has forced turnovers in every game this year, and they will have to do that for Dalvin Cook and Deondre Francois to pick apart Miami’s defense.
X-Factors: Fr. BUCK Brian Burns, Sr. FS Nate Andrews
STOP THE PRESSES!! THE MIAMI HURRICANES ARE IN THE TOP TEN!!
I know y’all got to find this as astonishing as I do. Anyways, the hype train for QB Brad Kaaya is rolling, rolling, rolling like G Herbo (somebody pass him a water or something). Some scouts have said that he is the most pro-ready QB at the moment ahead of DeShone Kizer and Deshaun Watson. The stats back up the claims since he’s thrown eight TDs, three picks and has a completion percentage of 66.7. He has gotten a lot of help from his running game.
Mark Walton (7.3 yards/carry) and Joseph Yearby (7.1 yds/carry) make a great one, two punch in the backfield and both can take it the distance at any moment. While they wear the defense down, Kaaya will throw it over the top to WR Stacy Coley (15 catches, 14.1 yds/catch, 4 TDs) or TEs Chris Herndon IV (7 catches, 128 yards, 1 TD) and David Njoku (7 catches, 133 yards, 1 TD). Mark Richt and OC Thomas Brown have this offense tearing it up but they have to keep it up.
The core of Miami’s defense this year has been their trio of freshmen LBs: Michael Pinckney, Shaquille Quarterman and Zach McCloud. The trio have combined for 47.0 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. While the Miami defense has capitalized on lesser offenses, they will have their hands full with the weapons that FSU has.
X-Factors: Jr. DE Chad Thomas, Fr. WR Ahmmon Richards
This is a rivalry??!??!! THROW THE EVERYTHING OUT THE WINDOW!!
Miami’s first big test of the season
Brad Kaaya’s best games have been against FSU
Is “The U” back?
FSU needs a win
Can FSU bounce back on defense?
Game Deciding Factor: Turnovers/defense
Final Score: FSU 23 Miami 21