The Florida State Seminoles expectations for the end result in 2013 keep on rising as the wins keep on coming. As one of the ACC‘s top teams — second-best right now to be exact — the Seminoles are sitting at 4-0 with their closest game being decided by 14 points.
On the other side of the field, the Maryland Terrapins are new to the top-25 rankings this week and look to be a serious test for the Seminoles. If there is going to be a dark-horse team to win the ACC, this is it. The Terrapins are also 4-0, and like the Seminoles, the closes game was decided by just over 10 points.
Jameis Winston has to be one of the best freshman quarterbacks in the nation — if not the clear-cut best. He has put together a solid Heisman campaign, passing for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions while completing nearly 74 percent of his passes. This could be the second-straight season in which a redshirt freshman quarterback wins the Heisman. If he keeps throwing the ball, Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene will keep catching the ball. They combine for 37 catches and 669 yards and seven touchdowns.
I don’t want to call the Terrapins a surprising 4-0 because they have been lightly-tested thus far, but the offense has been solid through four games. Quarterback C.J. Brown has completed over 66 percent of his passes for 1,043 yards and seven scores while throwing just one interception. He has rushed for nearly 300 yards and six touchdowns as well. Stefon Diggs is easily the senior QB’s favorite target, catching 18 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns. While Diggs has the most receiving yards on the team, Deon Long has 21 catches for 271 yards and a score.
Defensively, Florida State is ranked in the top-15 in the nation in multiple defensive categories, including allowing just under 300 yards per game and 15 points per game. Maryland allows just 10 points per game so far this season, but they have yet to see an offense at the caliber of Florida State.
Maryland will travel to Florida State to take on the Seminoles at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Maryland 24, Florida State 34