Three bold predictions for FSU at Miami

The Seminoles are looking to earn their win of the season Saturday, as they take on the #12 Miami Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. With College Gameday making the trip down and a prime time kickoff slot on ABC, all eyes will be on how FSU competes against a hot Hurricanes team.

Here are three bold predictions for the rivalry game.

1. Travis Jay returns a kickoff/punt for a touchdown

Norvell and the new regime preach the importance of special teams, and that will come into play on Saturday. Travis Jay will be one of the best athletes on the field, regardless of position or team. After the Georgia Tech loss, the 6’2, 191lb redshirt freshman made it evident in the post game presser he felt like he left some yards on the field on returns. Jay is electric with the ball in his hands, and is the true definition of a “playmaker.” Jay will make an impact in his first game of this rivalry by taking one back to the house in Hard Rock Stadium.

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2. Florida State passes for over 250 yards

This might be out of the question for some ‘Noles fans, but it is a real possibility. The Miami offense is up-tempo and high scoring through their first two games. If that keeps up, FSU will likely try to stay in the game (or get back in) through the air. James Blackman struggled in the second half against Georgia Tech, but he will be motivated and out in search of his first win in this rivalry. He has only started one game against Miami, and that came as a true freshman in 2017 under Jimbo Fisher. The Miami pass defense is allowing 256 yards per game through two games. Keep in mind, Blackman threw 43 times in week one. Blackman, or whoever might be under center throughout the game, will finish with at least 275 total yards passing. When is the last time an FSU quarterback eclipsed 200 yards against Miami? 2017, when Blackman threw for 203 yards.

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3. Florida State wins the game

Sure, the odds are against the Seminoles. Yes, this team under-performed in the second half and lost a game to a Georgia Tech team they should have not. But, this is the same roster who was looked at two weeks ago as a motivated, possible ACC dark horse behind Clemson and Notre Dame. In terms of talent, there is no huge discrepancy between the two teams. Not to mention, other than a few redshirt seniors, most of these players have never beat Miami. In order to win, the performance on the field must speak for itself. The discipline on both sides of the ball must be there. The offense has to score more than 13 points, and the defense must play for all four quarters. Without Norvell, the task seems highly unlikely. But, it is 2020, and crazier things have happened.

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