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Game preview: Florida State vs UNC

The Florida State Seminoles are having some of their first signs of life. This is clearly a Jordan Travis led football team, and he has proven that he can make plays with his arm and his legs. However, the team needs to put it all together. After a decent offensive performance against one of the best defensive teams in the ACC, the defense yet again got run over by a team with any sort of competence. FSU faces an incredible challenge with the dynamic QB Sam Howell coming to town.

UNC OFFENSE: At a glance

Sam Howell has proven to be dynamic with the ball in his hands. He can make any throw you want, and Seminole fans are well aware of his abilities. The former FSU commit led his team to a bowl game and 7 wins after UNC won just 2 games the year before. UNC this year is averaging 37 points through 3 games, and they will probably give this FSU defense fits if both units continue the path they are on. Howell is averaging 249 yards per game, and his number one receiver is Dyami Brown, who has racked up 240 yards through 3 games. On the ground, Michael Carter leads the way, with 413 yards total while averaging 10.3 yards per carry. The FSU defense will certainly have their hands full with this group.


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UNC DEFENSE: At a glance

While UNC has the ability to win all of the games on their schedule, it is certainly not because of their defense. Their defense total has one interception through 3 games, and has given up an average of 24 points per game, most recently surrendering 45 to a COVID riddled Virginia Tech team.  The strength of their defense is truly one man – Chazz Surratt – who has 21 tackles with 3 sacks and a pass deflection. The rest of the defense is not very good, and specifically on the defensive line, the tar heels struggle. The FSU offense will need to exploit this defense as much as possible if they want a chance at winning.

Three burning questions

Can the FSU defense do anything? 

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This is pretty self-explanatory. The once-heralded strength of this team was going to be the defense, and how they were going to fly around everywhere and make incredible plays. That has not happened, not even a little bit. Can the defense make any stops? I mean at least one stop. Because if not, it’ll be a long night for the ‘Noles

What will the offense look like without Terry? 

FSU lost star wide receiver Tamorrion Terry to knee surgery for a few weeks, following a big game at Notre Dame. Can one of the other receivers step up and make plays consistently?

Will Jordan Travis continue to make plays? 

Travis has made the offense hum for the past two weeks. But for whatever reason, I am still not totally sold on him. Can he continue to make plays and have this team pull out a win? All of these questions will be answered on Saturday.


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