NoleGameday Staff Score Predictions: Florida State at Virginia

We are two days away from Florida State traveling up to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Coach Taggart is in need of a signature win and this could be his first opportunity for that. Virginia is off to a good start this season and was able to relax a little last week with a walloping on William & Mary and has an extra day of rest having played last Friday.

If Louisiana-Monroe completes a few more passes last week in the first half, FSU is looking at an 0-2 start to the season. Florida State has blown big leads in both of their games so far this season, and would like the defense to step up and get some stops this weekend. Cam Akers and James Blackman have led the offense to score 31 and 45 points in the team’s two games and are looking to keep the scoreboards lit up.

Virginia is led by dual-threat quarterback Bryce Perkins, who has posted almost 500 yards, both rushing and receiving, and 5 total touchdowns. FSU has shown a tendency to give up big games to mobile quarterbacks, but linebacker Leonard Warner seems confident we have a good gameplan in place (he might be the only one).

The offense will once again be looking to stay consistent. Through 1 and 1/2 quarters, the offense looks like the best in the country then seems to want to coast to the end. This team needs to learn how to win games, and that could start this weekend.

Our staff gives their predictions on what happens this weekend.

Richard Barnes (@R_Barnes407

Looking at this game, I just can’t find many advantages for Florida State at all. Virginia has been a rebuild in progress and this is the year they feel their hard work under Bronco Mendenhall pays off.

While not an explosive team, the Cavaliers play disciplined, assignment football and simply won’t beat themselves. That’s about the worst type of matchup for a Florida State team who often lacks discipline and quite frankly, just doesn’t know how to win.

Maybe a night game on the road is what this team needs to block out whatever it is that’s holding them back right now, but I see it as a recipe for disaster. I’m expecting a close first half while Virginia methodically pulls away as the second half wears on.

Unless the Seminoles can decisively win the turnover battle or can make some big plays on special teams, I just don’t see this one being particularly close late in the game.

Score Prediction: Florida State 24 Virginia 37

Season record: 1-1

Chad Stalder (@ChadStalder

FSU’s defense will wilt throughout the game and FSU’s offense will need to play flawlessly to keep them in it, which I just can’t see them doing against this Virginia defense.

Score Prediction: Florida State 24, Virginia 38

Season record: 0-0

Austin Veazey (@NolesVikesMavs)

Some people are overreacting to the addition of Jim Leavitt. Clearly, that’s no one with NoleGameday, but that opinion is out there. He’s just too recent of an addition for him to make that much of a difference. It’ll be a few weeks before Leavitt starts to make a big impact on this defense.

I don’t expect us to fall on our faces much on offense. Score predictions have consistently placed us in the 20s, and I just don’t see the offense being held below 30. The defense is just so bad so far. I don’t have much faith in them being able to slow down Bryce Perkins and the Virginia offense.

I really want to pick us to lose, but for some reason, I just have a feeling the Seminoles will squeak out a win. Against my better judgment, I’ll say FSU wins in a shootout.

Score Prediction: Florida State 41, Virginia 39

Season record: 1-1

Logan Robinson (@LogansTwitty)

I predicted Florida State to have a very tough game against Virginia when previewing the season a month ago. That still holds. The ‘Noles are going to have to find a way to take care of UVA’s dual-threat quarterback, Bryce Perkins, throughout the whole game or things could get ugly.

The offense, on the other hand, has got to get out of its rut in second quarters of letting up and not continuing to put points on the board. This offense can be good, it just depends if they can execute on the momentum they’re served past the first quarter.

Score Prediction: Florida State 21, Virginia 31

Season record: 1-1

Austin Downey (@AustinDowney)

I believe Florida state will pull off an upset in Charlottesville this weekend. Virginia is a very disciplined team that usually doesn’t make too many mistakes, but I can see their offense turning the ball over at some crucial moments that will eventually cost them the game. Cam Akers will again carry the ‘Noles to victory with a heroic performance and this will be the game that turns Willie Taggart’s tenure around.

Score Prediction: Florida State 41, Virginia 38

Season record: 1-1

Tom Riddlestone

These Cavs don’t have LeBron, but the equivalent of Tyronn Lue coaches defense for the ‘Noles.

Score Prediction: Florida State 27, Virginia 41

Season record: 1-1

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