Three bold predictions for FSU vs Georgia Tech

Mike Norvell and the Seminoles are hoping to kick off his tenure in Tallahassee with an opening season victory. The level of expectations heading into the first game of the Mike Norvell era at FSU varies between who you ask, but a win against a rebuilding Georgia Tech program is expected with the talent on this roster.  

Here are three bold predictions for the opening week matchup.

1. Florida State forces three or more turnovers 

I expect the Seminoles’ defense to cause havoc in their first action under the new scheme. Players will be chomping at the bit to try to cause takeaways and gain momentum for the team on opening day. Georgia Tech still has players that are adjusting to the spread scheme, and the possibility of having a quarterback with little experience could also make miscommunications very possible. 

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Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller seemed to put a major emphasis on creating turnovers during the offseason. “Mission Takeaway” took over his twitter page plenty of times this offseason, showing fans which player created a turnover that day.

Whether it be by virtue of a blocked punt, forced fumble, or interception, the ‘Noles defense will cause at least three turnovers on Saturday afternoon. 

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2. Georgia Tech is held under 130 passing yards

As I stated above, the Yellow Jackets could be starting a quarterback with little or no experience. I feel very confident in the Seminoles secondary, led by one of the best cover corners in the country, Asante Samuel Jr. The depth, talent, and focus on technique by the coaching staff will make this position group very difficult to pass on. Plus, the quarterback will not have all the time in the world to scan the field. The interior pass rush, led by Marvin Wilson and Cory Durden, paired with a fully healthy Joshua Kaindoh, should cause immense pressure. 

Georgia Tech ranked 124th (out of 130) in passing yards per game last year, with 135.4. 

3. James Blackman eclipses 300 yards through the air 

Georgia Tech was ranked inside the top 40 in pass defense last year, but that was last season. Blackman will come out motivated and eager to get things rolling. However, he will not be too eager to where he is forcing throws. Dillingham and Norvell will scheme receivers open in space, creating easy big-play opportunities after the catch. Blackman will also connect some deep shots where he sees fit. The lack of pass rush from Tech should allow Blackman to take his time and be accurate on his throws. In a new system that best fits his style of play, Blackman will rack up 300+ yards in the season opener. 

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