The Florida State Seminoles are opening the 2013 season with higher expectations than any in recent memory. Coming into play, they are ranked in the top-15 and have the potential to be a top-five team and a national championship contender before the season in over. The Pittsburgh Panthers are their first test of the season as they will travel to play the Panthers on the road for their first game.
Pitt was a mediocre 6-7 last season in the Big East‘s final season and ended up with a Compass Bowl loss for the second straight season. Paul Chryst had the Panthers finish the season under .500 for the second straight season and losing a lot of offensive weapons doesn’t bode well for this team.
Without running backs Rushel Shell and Ray Graham, the Panthers will look to the passing game more, but losing Tino Sunseri will also hurt. Redshirt freshman Chad Voytik is slated to make the start this season and will need a bit of time getting adjusted to the offense.
Florida State features a dynamic freshman quarterback by the name of Jameis Winston and could end up being a solid Heisman contender in his first season with the Seminoles.
The dual-threat could put up some big-time numbers against a lowly Pitt defense — although they are returning a handful of top defenders from 2012, including top sack men Aaron Donald and Tyrone Ezell.
This Florida State defense will be far too much for the Panthers to handle as they were one of the best units in college football last year.
Florida State will be traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers at 8:oo p.m. EST on Monday, Sept. 2. The game will be televised on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Florida State 37, Pitt 17