This week’s main matches: Florida State in Florida
It’s competition week again for Florida as the Seminoles travel to Gainesville on Saturday to face Florida. Some would call this a sidewalk game as both teams are currently standing at 5-6 with pot eligibility at stake. The university won two straight games with a solid road win against Boston College last week. Florida lost to Missouri last week and with a disappointing season so far for the Gators, coach Dan Mullen was fired on Sunday.
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The Seminoles have a great opportunity to build momentum within the program and state with a big win on Saturday. Florida leads the all-time series with a record 36-26, and currently maintains a two-game winning streak against the Noles.
Florida State (5-6) will face Florida (5-6) in Gainesville on Saturday noon EST on ESPN. Here are three key games to watch as FSU looks to finish the regular season with a win.
1. Florida Rush Attack vs. FSU Defense
Florida’s crime is similar to the Seminoles with running game being the main driver. The Gators have a trio of running backs with over 65 holders all averaging over 4.5 yards or more per attempt. If Noles wants to take the win in Gainesville, this week’s shutdown will be vital. FSU has been inconsistent when it comes to shutting down this year. In the past two games, Seminole gave up only 43 yards to Miami, but against Boston College, the defense surrendered 170 yards. We’ve seen QB’s success on mobile against Florida State this season, and Anthony Richardson might be the most athletic talent we’ve seen this season. It will be interesting to see if the defense can corner and pull the Gators’ biggest force in attack.
Florida State did a good job of not turning the ball over against Boston College last week. Aside from some issues, Noles was clean offensively during the second half of the season. QB Jordan Travis has made no objection in his last five starts. Travis’ focus was on protecting the ball and getting good readings and the results were promising. In every game Florida lost, the opposing team made the same amount of turnovers or less than the Gators’ team.
If the Seminoles can protect the ball, this greatly increases the chances of a big win. My bold prediction for this game is………the team with the fewest turnovers will win on Saturday.
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3. ‘Rushing Noll Attack vs. Florida Defense’
Once again, I’m going to stay consistent on the last major game of this game. FSU’s running game against Florida defense will be another big factor in the outcome of this game. Noles rushes for 181 yards per game while Gators rushes for 154 yards per game on the ground. I expect Jordan Travis and his cohorts to pull off a defense that gave up 284 yards on the floor for South Carolina three weeks ago. Jashaun Corbin is the leading striker in the Seminoles but they like to throw three to four different players onto the field, giving the defense many semblances. I think Florida State will get the ball rolling which will open up opportunities for a passing offense going up.