This week’s main matches: Florida vs Miami
It’s competition week in the Sunshine State and you’ll be facing the Miami Seminole, Florida. Miami is going in a hot streak, winning three games in a row while Noles has been on the other end of that trend, losing two games in a row. The series is currently sitting head-to-head at 35-30 in favor of Miami while the Hurricanes ride a current four-game winning streak against the Seminoles. With FSU quarterback Jordan Travis expected to return to the fold this weekend, the Seminoles are looking to get back on track with a big win over one of their rivals.
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Miami (5-4) plays Florida State (3-6) on Saturday on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. EST. Here are three keys to watch as Noles looks to gain some momentum in Florida.
1. Missed Interventions / Big Plays
Some of us thought the FSU defense had turned a new page when it came to giving away big plays and missed tackles. Over the three-game winning streak, Noles have been doing a much better job at doing these things. After a week of farewell, this defense seemed to have returned to its old ways. Giving up the big plays for Clemson and North Carolina while also missing out on interventions that lead to huge gains. If the Seminoles want to end Canes’ winning streak, he begins by limiting big plays in defense and making interventions in the open field.
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Wide receiver Charleston Rambo and return Gaylan Knighton have been playing across the field during Miami’s winning streak. Rambo has forced six missed tackles in the past three weeks, and he ranks seventh in the country in terms of reception. Florida State has to keep Miami’s big playability to a minimum and do open tackles.
2. Miami’s offensive line vs. FSU . defensive line
The biggest factor of this game in my opinion is the “Canes o line vs” Noles d line. FSU’s defensive line has been consistent throughout the season with the transfers of Keir Thomas and Jermaine Johnson making a huge impact on that defence. With Miami’s newly discovered explosive offensive, it will be essential for the defensive line to chase down quarterback Tyler Van Dyck. Only two quarterbacks have thrown further touchdowns in the past three weeks. Van Dyck and the Miami offense were rolling but the weakest part of the offense was the streak. Midseason Defensive Player of the Year and current ACC Team Leader Jermaine Johnson and his teammates need to make life difficult for Van Dyke to stand a chance against Canes’ blazing hot offense.
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3. FSU’s Rushing Attack Against Miami D
Your running game hasn’t been where you need to be the past two weeks to see successful results in attack. Last week was partly due to the fact that quarterback Jordan Travis did not play. We all know that FSU’s offensive will only go as far as a running game and this week will be another decent test against Canes’ defense. Miami’s defense ranks 55th in the nation for rushing, giving up about 149 yards per game. A healthy Travis and Knowles running back tandem should be able to hit the ground running and get the attack back on the ground. With Miami’s hot attack on the other side, possession time and Canes defense fatigue would be perfect, especially in the fourth quarter.
Florida needs a big win for program status and enlistment. This week they will have a chance to gain some momentum and hopefully take a step forward to take over Florida again.
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