Three bold predictions for Florida vs. Miami
It’s Miami Week. One week out of the year fans of this storied rivalry get excited no matter how the season turned out. This statement could not be more true this year. Miami went into one game this week over 0.500, and Noles set a disappointing 3-6 record. But the passion for this game was not affected at all.
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The Hurricanes travel to Tallahassee as winners of the last three, including the #18 NC State and #17 Pete turmoil. They will certainly look to continue their hot streak this Saturday behind junior quarterback, Tyler Van Dyck. Since first becoming the quarterback, the Canes have averaged 34.4 points per game and they’ve been one of the most exciting teams in the country.
So how is Florida going to slow down a competitor who is clearly finding his rhythm? Well, this is how they can do it in a dominant position.
1. Jordan Travis has 300+ all-purpose yards and 4+ touchdowns
One thing we can verify after last week is that Florida State is a completely different team when #13 leads the offense. Without Jordan Travis due to illness last week, the Seminoles only had 271 yards in the entire game. In fact, Noles averages only 344 yards in games where Travis doesn’t start. This would put them in 106th place in the country.
With the quarterback returning this week, I’m expecting a great day of attacking Florida State. The Seminoles run the ball very well and stopping the run has been a problem for the baton this year. In fact, stopping anything has been tough for Miami this year, ranking 85th in overall defense, allowing just over 400 yards per game.
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Once Florida State can open the field with a run, I expect Jordan Travis and the Seminole offense to star in a meaningful rivalry game.
2. The chain remains intact and the “Noles” win a turnover battle
All Florida fans know about the series of gruesome hurricanes. But this week, they won’t see him appear at Doak Campbell Stadium. In fact, Miami’s opponents haven’t seen her much this season at all. The Canes have only forced 8 times on aggregate in nine games this season, which is good enough to tie for 115th place in the country.
Another thing Jordan Travis has done well lately for Florida State is holding on to the ball. Travis hasn’t changed his football once in his last three games. I expect this trend to continue against a weak defense in a game that is likely to have high targets.
We should also see Hurricanes give up the ball a few times this week. Tyler Van Dyke has yet to face a front four like Florida State and Miami’s offensive line isn’t great at first as they already allowed 27 sacks in the season. With a secondary attacking football and a defensive line chasing after you, your new quarterback could find himself in some trouble.
3. Florida wins on penalties
Picking up a two-game losing streak and a three-game losing streak would go a long way in Tallahassee. He would really put a good feeling in the hearts of fans during a tough season. Especially since Miami has won the last four matches against Noles.
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It’s no secret that coach Mike Norville wants to win this one. Noles are a loss far from being out of pot eligibility. And this week is Norville’s first tour of Miami during his time in Florida, after he missed last year’s competition due to Covid-19. We’ll see if Norville has a few tricks up his sleeve, as he often does.
Behind a good match of attack, the Noles will keep their bowling hopes alive this week and give Mike Norville his first win of many Hurricanes.