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Florida State vs Louisville Game Preview

Game Introduction:

Florida State looks to get above .500 for the first time this season as they head up north to play division rival Louisville. The Cardinals are searching for answers after the departure of Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, and arguably it’s best player in program history. Both teams enter the game at 2-2, and a win would be big for the direction of both programs. The game will kickoff at 3:30 on ESPN 2.

Headlines:

Florida State Seeks First Win Over Louisville Since 2015

Florida State has been one of many Lamar Jackson victims the last two years. Last year was a nail-biter, and I need not remind you what happened last time Florida State marched into Louisville. While I don’t think this is a revenge game, I think the past two years will be in some players’ minds.

Expect a Defensive Slug Fest

This game could be ugly from the first kickoff. Both offenses are still searching for their identity, and both defenses have played above expectations. While I do believe each team will score some points, it may be a while before the offenses get going. Good news for FSU fans is that starting guard Landon Dickerson appears to be coming back from injury. This is a huge development for Florida State’s success on offense, so look for the offensive line to be improved on Saturday.

Burning Questions:

Will Tre’Shaun Harrison play a bigger role in the offense?

Tre’Shaun Harrison looked dangerous every single time he touched the ball against NIU. He also played with a lot of emotion, and his excitement after the play was contagious. Expect Harrison to be more involved in the offense on Saturday, and going forward.

Can FSU’s turnover luck change?

Florida State has had some of the worst turnover luck this year on fumbles. While ball security and holding onto the ball is a craft, recovering a loose football is mostly luck. Sure, strength may play a part in that, but until footballs are round they will continue to bounce funny. Florida State is currently dead last in the ACC in turnover margin, and 125th out of 130 teams nationally. In four games, Florida State has lost six fumbles. Willie Taggart made securing the football a point of emphasis this week, so only time will tell if it pays off.

Forecast:

This game will be ugly, silly, and at times hard to watch. Both teams have no identity on offense and streaky defenses. Florida State will need to force turnovers if they want to win this game. Louisville still has not decided on a true starter at quarterback, and the Seminole defense must take advantage of sub-par play at the position from the Cardinals. If Florida State wins the turnover battle, or at least keep it even, they win the game. I expect Cam Akers to have a huge bounce-back game, and for Stanford Samuels to be a big part of the defense on Saturday. I’ll take the ‘Noles 24-13 in an ugly low scoring game. Watch at your own risk.


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