Three bold predictions for FSU against NC State

Florida State (2-5) will travel to Raleigh this weekend to face NC State (4-3). After a chaotic week, the Seminoles will try to tune out the noise outside Tallahassee and gain their first win since North Carolina. 

1. Camren McDonald leads the team in receiving 

It seems that McDonald has struck up a favorable connection with quarterback Jordan Travis. The Seminoles offense does not take many deep shots, and that has led McDonald to get peppered with targets in the short to intermediate game. In their last two games, McDonald has been the leading receiver for the ‘Noles (9 catches, 109 yards combined). The receiver group has talent, but they just have not produced to this point. The 6’4, 238lbs tight end could have his best game against the Wolfpack. In their most recent loss, NC State allowed Miami tight end Will Mallory to produce 6 catches, 78 yards, and one touchdown. With Tamorrion Terry no longer with the program, I think the trend of McDonald leading the team in receiving could continue this weekend. 

2. FSU gets a rusher over 100 yards 

The Seminoles have only produced two 100 yard rushers this season. They came in the same game, where Travis (107) and La’Damian Webb (109) ran rampant through North Carolina. We understand Travis and his ability to break loose, so I am more focused on the running backs. 54 of Webb’s 109 yards came on a long run, something we have not seen on the ground since. Jashaun Corbin, Lawrance Toafili, and Webb are capable of producing big plays. However, as the offensive line has struggled, opportunities have been slim to none. Additionally, every ball carrier has had single-digit touches in every game since except Corbin, who gained 61 yards on 10 rushes against Louisville. I am optimistic that Head Coach Mike Norvell and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham commit to the run game more in this matchup. If the Wolfpack climb out to a large lead, you could kiss this prediction goodbye. But if the game is close, I think FSU will have a running back go over 100 yards. 

3. FSU defense creates at least two turnovers

With the way the Florida State defense has looked, this is quite the bold prediction. But, former FSU quarterback Bailey Hockman has thrown at least one interception in each of his four starts up to this point for the Wolfpack. The 6’2, 200lb junior will be eager to show up his former teammates. Members of the defense know him well, and I think they will be just as motivated as they were against former Seminole commit, Sam Howell. The ‘Noles defense has been quiet in the turnover department since then, and I think things could change this weekend. It is still a long shot, but I think there is a possibility the FSU defense can cause at least two turnovers in this game. 

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