Three bold predictions as FSU prepares for Clemson

In what was once a fierce rivalry, Florida State will just try to be competitive when they line up against Clemson this Saturday. The Seminoles will likely be outmatched in every facet of the game. If the fan base wants any kind of optimism, they should be hoping the team is able to create a few plays that showcase their potential under first-year Head Coach Mike Norvell.

Below, I listed three bold predictions for the contest, set to kickoff at noon.

  1. Ontaria ‘Pokey’ Wilson eclipses 100 yards for the second straight game

Unless something drastic occurs, FSU will likely be down a significant amount in this game. The Clemson secondary is talented, so the matchup is not great. But with Tamorrion Terry no longer with the team, the receiving group is slim. Wilson, who has been in the program since 2017, has the most playing experience from the group. While he might not be flashy, he is the most consistent out of the starters. He quietly leads the team in all receiving categories (28 receptions, 332 yards, two touchdowns). In what could be a day with plenty of targets and opportunities, I would not be surprised if Wilson tallies up 100 or more yards for the second straight game.

2. Jordan Travis rushes for 100 yards

The ‘Noles offensive line will struggle to stop the Clemson pass rush. The pocket will not be clean for Travis when he drops back, so you can count on him to scramble plenty Saturday. In addition to his scrambling, Mike Norvell and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham should have a few quarterback designed run concepts dialed up. Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables compared Travis to Lamar Jackson in his presser earlier this week. Venables always has his defense disciplined, specifically his front seven, so it will be a tall task for Travis to go over 100. However, I do not think it is out of the question, because of just how much playmaking Travis will be asked to create throughout the day.

3. FSU records at least one sack on Trevor Lawrence

In his two career games against Florida State, Trevor Lawrence has never been sacked. While that might be surprising to casual college football fans, it should not be to ‘Noles fans. Since Brian Burns left, the pass rush has been non-existent in Tallahassee. The defense has only accumulated ten sacks through eight games, so this prediction is pretty lofty. While I might be too optimistic, I think that the Seminoles defense is too talented not to get at least one sack in this game. Whether it be by pass-rush or a designed blitz, I think all ‘Noles fans would welcome the idea of recording at least one sack on Lawrence before he goes off to the NFL.

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