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Monday Mailbag: FSU’s comeback, Miami, Cam Akers

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Florida State battled back to secure its most exciting victory of the season in a 28-24 decision over Louisville. Trailing 21-7 entering halftime, many expected this Seminoles team to fall apart in the final 30 minutes as they did a few weeks ago in Syracuse.

Instead, they did the exact opposite. FSU outscored the Cardinals 21-3 in the second half and scored late in the affair to come away with their first conference win of 2018. It’s the type of performance you can build on going forward if you’re head coach Willie Taggart.

With the `Noles heading into a head rivalry game against Miami, they’ll need to muster together their best game of the season if they want to leave Coral Gables with a win.

Let’s hop into this weeks Monday Mailbag.

What’s your take on the offensive game plan moving forward? – Thomas Jones

Personally, it seems like this offense has got to shift its philosophy. Frankly, this team has had little success running and has been at its best when the ball is moving downfield through the air.

The Seminoles just don’t have a viable ground game behind a struggling offensive line. They actually pass blocked pretty well against Louisville and the pass has proven itself as the best weapon on this offense.

While you can’t abandon the run completely, the mindset should be to let the pass open up the run instead of running to open up the pass.

What is your take on Cam Akers’ performance thus far? – @hCd_NM454

It’s hard for me to blame Cam Akers for his struggles considering the ineptitude in front of him. Florida State didn’t allow a sack on Saturday but that doesn’t mean this team was any better at opening up holes on the ground. In fact, once again, they were pretty awful.

Despite Akers ability, it’s foolish to think that he’ll be able to shake out of five or six defenders every time he touches the ball. When he or any other running back doesn’t have consistent blocking, they tend to struggle, and that’s expected.

I would like to see Akers get involved more through the air to try and get the former five-star prospect in a rhythm.

Do you think honestly that Miami covers the spread against us? – @ErikR122

The spread I’m currently seeing for the game is 12.5 points. Considering how both teams have performed this season, yes, I can see Miami taking down Florida State by two touchdowns. It’s a viable outcome with what this Seminole offense has flashed thus far.

I do think that FSU is the best team that the Hurricanes have faced since their loss to LSU and considering how rivalry games usually go, this could easily wind up being close just like it could be a blowout.

After the showing on Saturday, what are your predictions on a final W-L record? – @drU_S_A1987

Florida State is halfway to bowl eligibility through the first five games of the season but it’s hard to tie down three more sure wins in the final seven games. The Seminoles will play Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Florida. That’s a heck of a schedule that still needs to be played.

Five of those teams (Miami, Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame, and Florida) are currently ranked opponents while Wake Forest and Boston College are no pushovers.

I still think Florida State sneaks into bowl eligibility at 6-6 but it won’t be easy at all.


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