I've posted these every week because I think they show both sides of the equation, this week Tomahawk nation sat down with State of the U to discuss this weekends top ten showdown.http://www.tomahawknation.com/2013/10/31/5048874/opponent-blogger-q-a-state-of-the-uWhat I've been saying all week:
TN: Which match-ups do you think Coley and the Miami O will try to exploit against the Seminoles? Which concern you?
SOTU: Having seen BC's Andre Williams (28 carries, 149 yards) and NCSU's Shadrach Thornton (23 carries, 173yards, 2TDs) find success on the ground, I think that Miami will come out and try to run the ball against FSU. This is the part of Miami's offense that (outside of the UF game) has been the most consistent this year, and will be used heavily in this game. This will obviously require our offensive line to play their best football of the year.
Duke Johnson is a far superior player to Williams and Thornton, but he won't be able to work his magi unless he can get to the 2nd level of the defense with a full head of steam. If he needs to dance in the backfield/near the line of scrimmage just to find any space to run, that would probably mean a long day for our offense.
Also, regardless of if there's an advantage or not, we have to take a couple early shots deep in the passing game. This will probably be on play action (our bread and butter) after a positive run for big yardage or a first down. With Dorsett out, Coley will target either sophomore Herb Waters or freshman Stacy Coley (no relation) with this play. If it works, maybe we go back to it. If it's tightly covered and incomplete, or if it's intercepted, I can almost guaranteed that you won't see any more of that.Final score prediction from UM site: FSU 41 UM 27
The secondary will get their toughest test of the season between the rocket-armed Winston and his complement of speedy, athletic receivers. While the secondary has been solid overall, UNC and Wake Forest have had some success passing the ball. Florida might have too (we strategically let Gator receivers run free through the secondary), but their QBs are, well, terrible.