It looks like ESPN’s College Gameday will be headed to Tallahassee for this matchup between the Florida State Seminoles and Miami Hurricanes. The Seminoles have had one of the best starts to the season in recent program memory. Sitting at 7-0 and destroying every team in their path, the Seminoles are looking the the ACC title favorite.
On the other side of the field, the Hurricanes have been a mystery team this season. One week they can blow out an opponent and the next, they will play someone extremely close. In recent weeks, the Hurricanes were just a couple plays away from losing two games. However, they are 7-0 and still in the hunt for a conference title.
In case you don’t know by now, Florida State is led by one of the best quarterbacks in college football and he happens to be a freshman. Jameis Winston is quite possibly the Heisman front-runner at this point in the season and if he keeps up what he’s doing, he will be the easy winner of the award. Winston has 2,177 yards and 23 touchdowns on the year while completing over 65 percent of his passes. Rashad Greene leads all receivers with 690 yards and eight touchdowns while Kenny Shaw has 574 yards and three scores. The run game ranks 23th in the country thanks to Devonta Freeman‘s 561 yards and six touchdowns.
Miami has been solid on offense this season behind senior quarterback Stephen Morris and sophomore running back Duke Johnson. Morris has suffered some nagging injuries this season, but has still led the 38th-best pass offense in the nation with 1,463 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year. However, his eight interceptions have been a problem that he cannot continue if Miami wants to have success moving forward. Allen Hurns has been a star in the receiving game, catching 28 passes for 506 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson has led the rushing attack with 823 yards and six touchdowns on the year for the 24th-ranked run offense.
Defensively, the Seminoles rank fourth in the nation in points allowed per game with just 13 and sixth in yards allowed per game with just under 300. Miami ranks 11th in the nation in points allowed and 28th in yards allowed per game — this could be a tough defensive battle for the in-state rivals.
Miami will travel to Florida State to take on the Seminoles at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Miami 24, Florida State 34