Staff Predictions: Super Bowl 50

The crew here at Nole Gameday offers their predictions for the Super Bowl tonight. The game will feature two former Florida State players: Graham Gano and Kelvin Benjamin for the Carolina Panthers, although Benjamin has sat out this season after suffering a torn ACL in preseason camp.

Vinnie Cervino (@cervino_vinnie)

Caroline 24, Denver 10

Carolina’s defense suffocates Manning and Carolina controls the ball long enough to beat Denver soundly.

Forrest Brewton (@Ben_Brewton)

I have to go with the Panthers here. Cam Newton has been simply brilliant this year, and his spectacular play should continue in the Super Bowl. It will be close and tense early as both teams feel each other out, but the Panthers will eventually pull away. Give me Carolina over Denver 27-17.

Logan Robinson (@LogansTwitty)

Peyton wins. Cam Newton loses. 27-24 Broncos.

Dakota Moyer (@DakMoyer)

This game will be a defensive battle. Denver’s No. 1 ranked defense will have their hands full containing Cam Newton and Carolina’s amazing ground game while Peyton Manning and the Denver offense will struggle to move the ball against Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman and Carolina’s defense. In the end, it will be the NFL MVP, Cam Newton, that will push Carolina over the top. Give me Carolina 24-21 over the Broncos with Cam leading a drive down the field with two minutes left that sets up a Graham Gano field goal to win the Super Bowl. Bold Prediction: Thomas Davis wins MVP of the game with a broken arm after picking off Peyton Manning and forcing a fumble.

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