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FSU’s chances grow against Notre Dame with Book out

Well, we sure did wake up to some surprising news on Thursday, just two days before Florida State takes on Notre Dame in what will likely be a game impacted by inclement weather. Irish starting quarterback, Ian Book, has led his team to six straight wins since taking over for Brandon Wimbush in week four, will miss Saturday’s game with multiple injuries to his midsection, according to Irish Sports Daily.

Book was on the receiving end of a huge hit a week ago in Notre Dame’s win over Northwestern. He got up slowly after taking the blow but played the rest of the game and scored the game-winning touchdown.

Now, the senior Wimbush, who was supposed to start this season, takes back over. He has thrown for 589 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions while completing just 55.3% of his passes. With the weather likely bringing rising wind gusts and snow, this could have a big effect on Notre Dame’s offense through the air.

On the other hand, while Wimbush has struggled, Book has been on another level. He has passed for 1,824 yards with 15 touchdowns to four interceptions. Book is leading the nation, completing 74.5% of his passes.

Notre Dame’s passing offense is ranked No. 20 in the country while its rushing game is slotted at No. 79. It’s safe to say that the Irish will take a significant step back on offense without their top offensive player. If the weather is as poor as forecasted this game will likely come down to which team is productive on the ground.

That still doesn’t bode well for Florida State, given its rushing game is ranked No. 124 in the country. The last two games have netted this team just THREE rushing yards. However, I do think the Seminoles could try to exploit the Irish with their short to intermediate passing game.

With Book or without him, FSU still enters this game as the underdog. They’ll have to play their best game of the season to pull this off.

 


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