2020 NoleGameday Staff Season Predictions

After what felt like the longest offseason in recent memory, Florida State is five days away from kicking off the Mike Norvell era against Georgia Tech inside Doak Campbell Stadium. Though the Seminoles disappointed in two years under former head coach Willie Taggart, the hope is that the remaining talent on the roster influxed with a competent coaching staff will be able to yield success.

There are still a lot of questions for this team to answer, especially after having to deal with a shortened spring and anything but normal summer due to COVID-19. How will the offense look with Norvell and OC Kenny Dillingham implementing a new scheme? Will the defense rebound under a different coordinator and a switch back to the more traditional 4-3?

The staff at NoleGameday provides their record predictions and analysis for the 2020 season ahead of kick-off in Tallahassee.

Dustin Lewis (@Dussttin)

Head coach Mike Norvell and Florida State’s revamped coaching staff have brought a different level of attitude and discipline to the program this offseason than we saw under two years from Willie Taggart. It’s clear they have a plan in place and that this staff is in sync with one another.

Starting quarterback James Blackman has dealt with a lot of adversity during his career in garnet and gold but I think he can finally strike gold under the guidance of Norvell and Dillingham. Though a completely different running back room is in place, there is plenty of talent out wide for Blackman to take advantage of. Terry should be one of the best players in the country this upcoming season. An improving offensive line under Alex Atkins will be the key that can unlock the full potential of this offense.

Defensively, I see new DC Adam Fuller’s creativity paying off with a variety of blitzes and coverages. Look for the linebackers to have a pulse for the first time in a couple of years. Joshua Kaindoh, Amari Gainer, and Jaiden Lars-Woodbey are a couple of guys primed for big seasons, along with team leader Marvin Wilson.

I think FSU loses to Clemson and at Notre Dame while dropping one of North Carolina or at Louisville. 2020 should be a nice starting point for the changing of this program, especially when you consider the circumstances.

Record prediction: 8-3

Logan Robinson (@LogansTwitty)

Record prediction: 8-3

Austin Veazey (@NolesVikesVeaz)

Record prediction: 7-4

Nate Greer (@NateGreer26)

Lose to Clemson, ND, and one other. The defense holds tight early while the offense gels. Beating Miami by 3 scores.

Record prediction: 8-3

Nico Huertas (@Nicohuertas2)

FSU will utilize its athletes better on defense but the offense will sputter due to inconsistent QB play and transferring to a new system.

Record prediction: 7-4

Charleston Bowles (@Cbowles1)

Record prediction: 8-3

Richard Barnes (@R_Barnes407)

For as bad as Florida State was last year, they were just a handful of plays away from beating Wake Forest, Virginia, and Boise State. In all three contests, lack of organization, basic execution and composure were the main culprits. I think first-year head coach Mike Norvell has massively upgraded the staff with quality hires across the board.

While I expect there to be a noticeable upgrade in coaching, FSU’s roster is not close to being at a championship level. With that said, a championship level roster won’t be needed to compete in the majority of games this year. Right now, I have Clemson as the only auto-loss on the schedule. While they will likely be double-digit underdogs to Clemson, and maybe Miami, don’t be surprised to see the ‘Noles steal one of those two potentially.

On the flip side, this team will have a learning curve on how to win close games and I expect them to drop at least one along the way that they shouldn’t. I may be overly optimistic here, but I have Florida State at 8-3 this season if they can stay relatively healthy and take the steps forward that I think we see in 2020.

Record prediction: 8-3

Tom Riddlestone

FSU will look better with Norvell’s offensive innovations this year. Also, the defense should be top 10 (assuming BIG 10 and PAC 12 don’t have a season).

Record prediction: 9-2

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