NoleGameday Staff Score Predictions: FSU @ Miami

After just one game and a BYE week, rivalry week is already upon us as Florida State and Miami prepare to clash on Saturday night. To start the season, these two teams have been on opposite ends of the spectrum. Miami has looked mostly dominant in wins over UAB and Louisville while the Seminoles dropped their season-opener at home to Georgia Tech. To make things even tougher, FSU will be without head coach Mike Norvell due to COVID-19 protocols.

Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will take over the top reins this weekend while offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham will be the primary play-caller in his normal spot up in the box. The coaching staff is doing their best to keep everything as normal as possible as far as preparation and gameday routine for the players without Norvell in attendance.

Florida State’s defense will have its hands full going up against a Hurricanes offense that has scored 78 combined points over their first two games. Starting quarterback D’Eriq King, a trio of good running backs, and one of the best tight ends in college football, Brevin Jordan, offer a multitude of challenges to the Seminoles. Offensively, it’ll be up to James Blackman to start the rebound with his ability to make reads and deliver passes downfield.

Our staff provides their predictions and analysis for Florida State at Miami.

Dustin Lewis (@Dussttin)

Unfortunately, I just don’t believe in Blackman and the Florida State offense’s ability to consistently put up points against a Miami team that boasts a pair of talented defensive ends. The Hurricanes have shown that they can put up points and to me, the Seminoles are going to need to score 30+ to have a shot in this one. They’ll also need to force a turnover or two from King, who hasn’t thrown an interception in 2020.

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However, this is also a rivalry game, and it’s the type of contest where you throw all of the numbers and analytics out of the window. What really disappointed me from FSU against Georgia Tech was its lack of fight. There’s no doubt that the ‘Noles are going to be punched in the mouth in this game but they need to be able to take hits and respond. I’ll be interested to see the attitude that the players show on Saturday night.

In the end, I just think Florida State is facing too much adversity with how they looked in week one and without Mike Norvell. I’m taking Miami this week.

Score prediction: Miami 33, FSU 23

2020 record: 0-1

Logan Robinson (@LogansTwitty)

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