Three bold predictions for FSU vs Duke

Florida State (2-6) will return to game action this weekend when they host Duke (2-8). The program has not played for nearly a month (Nov. 14) due to COVID-19 issues. The Seminoles have had weeks to rest and prepare for the final stretch of the season. If the team can snag two more wins, the fan base might get a boost of confidence for Mike Norvell and the crew heading into 2021. 

Below are my three bold predictions for the matchup. 

1. Jashuan Corbin rushes for 100+ yards

Corbin was starting to gain his acceleration and burst back before the season came to a half. This matchup is friendly for any ‘Noles running back, since the Blue Devils rush defense allows over 200 yards on the ground per game. Pair that with La’Damian Webb’s decision to opt-out, and Corbin will get to see the majority of carries against a below-average opponent.  The last time we saw Corbin, he had his best game of the season (14 carries, 77 yards, 1 TD) against NC State. Unless the ‘Noles fall behind by a large margin, I think this matchup is very favorable for Corbin to break the century mark. 

2. The defense comes away with at least two turnovers  

The Blue Devils offense does not protect the ball very well. Chase Brice has thrown for 13 interceptions in ten games. Last week, in their 48-0 loss to Miami, the team fumbled the ball four times, and lost all four. I think if the game is close, Brice could try to force the issue at certain points. The Seminoles defense has not been good at causing turnovers this season, but this matchup is the perfect opportunity to change that. With the long layoff, I expect the entire defense to come out eager to make plays.  

3. Florida State never trails in the game

This could be a bit bold, but I think this is the best chance for the ‘Noles to do just that: hold a lead the entire game. Given, they would likely need a stop on the first drive if they lose the coin toss. Typically, teams march down the field on the first drive. But, like I said above, I think the defense might come out as aggressive as ever just because of the hiatus since their last action. I will be in the minority here, but I think that energy will finally carry over from quarter to quarter. If there is any team that FSU can put their foot on, it is Duke. The Blue Devils have lost by double digits in seven of their eight ACC losses. I am not predicting a blowout, but I do think if the Seminoles are prepared and start off hot, they will be set up in a comfortable position.

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