Defense, defense, defense and oh, did I mention defense. That is what will be highlighted this Saturday in Tallahassee as the #10 Florida State Seminoles take on the #4 Florida Gators. I predict this to be a low scoring game as FSU’s #1 defense matches up against UF’s #4 defense. Both teams have National Championship implications on the line and the defense that causes more turnovers will win this game for their team. As the old saying goes, “Defense wins championships” and this game should prove no different.
Offensively, neither team is a powerhouse and if EJ Manuel can just manage the game and avoid both sacks and turnovers, FSU should prove victorious in the end. My guess is that UF has the same expectations for their Quarterback, Jeff Driskell, but I’m hoping our more established run game can open the field up and cause headaches for UF’s Defense. Driskell’s not the greatest throwing quarterback, but the kids got legs and can scramble with the best of them (anybody see a UF Quarterback trend here?), but luckily we match their Driskell and raise them with our own 6’5’ 240 pound EJ.
Again, our defensive line will be tough and there is no way UF will not key in on FSU Defensive End’s Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine. This leaves the door open for the remaining 3 defensive members of FSU’s Formidable Five to break through the line and introduce Jeff Driskell to the grass at Doak Campbell Stadium. I’m hoping Driskell’s recent ankle injury will limit his mobility outside of the pocket, but if you want to win you have to play hurt and I expect Driskell to leave everything out on the field Saturday.
I usually have a pretty clear cut gut feeling about the possible outcome of FSU’s games, but the paralleled stats between these two teams has even got this FSU faithful nervous. Luckily, FSU has home field advantage and we tend to play better in our own house than in anyone else’s. For FSU fans everywhere let’s hope this doesn’t come down to a last minute field goal attempt, but something tells me the Football Gods wouldn’t have it any other way. In the end, I’m predicting 16-13 FSU!