Three bold predictions for the ‘Noles versus Louisville

Mike Norvell and Florida State will hope to earn their third win of the season when they match up against the Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals were expected to compete for second place in the ACC, but have stumbled to a 1-4 start.

Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. La’Damian Webb has another 100-yard performance

Webb totaled 109 yards on 12 carries last week, and I think he continues his pace against Louisville. Jordan Travis leads the team in rushing, and is plenty capable of eclipsing 100 yards. However, after a few minor injuries, I think Norvell and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham might cut back on his rushing attempts. Meanwhile, Webb has the build and foundation to withstand a lot of carries for four quarters. Travis and Jashaun Corbin might eat into his opportunities, but Webb showed against North Carolina he has the ability to break a long one (his 54 yard run is the longest of the season). Add in his utilization of spin moves, Webb will rush for 100 yards for the second time this season.

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2. The defense records three or more sacks

The Cardinals’ offensive line is not stellar. With former left tackle Mekhi Becton gone to the New York Jets, the position group is well below average. Through five games, the unit has given up 14 sacks. The ‘Noles pass rush got off to a sluggish start, but the defensive line produced their best performance of the season against North Carolina. Whether it was by blitz, or natural pass rush, players like Cory Durden, Janarius Robinson, and even defensive back Jarvis Brownlee Jr., all got into the action. When the two matched up last year, the ‘Noles defensive line dominated. The “mob” finished with six sacks, including two from defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. With an improvement in play, along with a favorable matchup, and the Seminoles defense should get at least three sacks against Louisville.

3. FSU wins the game by double digits 

The FSU-Louisville relationship has been quite one-sided recently. The ‘Noles have won two straight games on the field, have flipped a few recruits, and landed two players through the transfer portal. One of those portal players includes Jordan Travis, who will have plenty of motivation to beat his former team. Under Norvell, this team will not be complacent after the victory over UNC. Pair a noon kickoff with being on the road, some might be skeptical of a slow start. However, I think the difference between the current staff and the previous regime will be on full display. I think the team understands the importance of getting to .500 before the bye, and will have their foot on the gas from the start. If UNC was any sign, this team is capable of jumping out to an early lead. I think the team learned from the second half of last week, and will leave Cardinal Stadium with a double-digit win.

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