5 Reasons Why Florida State Will Topple Miami
5 Reasons Florida State Will Topple Miami
The Florida State vs. Miami rivalry was one of my favorites growing up. Both teams had a cool factor to them that was attractive to my formative self, and it didn't hurt that the game seemed to have national championship ramifications every year. In recent years, the teams haven’t been in the national title conversation, and they've lost a lot of the edge that they've built their dynasties on.
Not this year, though. This year, both teams come into the game unbeaten, the first time that has happened this late in the season since 1991. Florida State is still in the hunt for the national title, and Miami is a top-10 ranked team. Both squads are having one of the best years in their school’s recent memory, and this game will either make or break their seasons.
The game doesn't lack for charismatic star power either. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the breakout star of college football this season. He came into the year with considerable hype, then somehow managed to play even better than Seminoles fans had hoped. Miami also has stars of their own, including sophomore running back Duke Johnson, holder of a 6.7 yards-per-carry average this year.
College football fans across the land are glad that this rivalry has been revived. For the first time in a few years, the matchup is drawing considerable national attention, including landing the coveted visit from College Gameday.
Florida State is a heavy favorite to win the game, and these are five reasons why they will beat the Hurricanes on Saturday night.
5. Stephen Morris Is Shaky In Big Games
Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris is 1-4 against ranked teams as a starter, and has a 4-5 touchdown to interception ratio in those games. The Florida State defense is one of the best in America, and they could take control of the game early on.
4. They Have The Better Kicker
Normally, I wouldn't include a breakout down of kickers in any list of why one team will beat the other. But, this is Miami vs. Florida State, and so many of these games have come down to pressure kicks late in the game. Roberto Aquayo, the Florida State kicker, hasn’t missed a field goal all year, while Miami’s kicker Matt Goudis is only 6-of-9 on the year.
3. They Have The Home-Field Advantage
Miami head coach Al Golden is an abysmal 0-3 against ranked teams on the road. Big games like this often come down to which team has the crowd on their side.
2. Jameis Winston
Winston has broken onto the college football scene in a big way this year. No stranger to the big game this year, his Heisman hopes and NFL draft stock will continue to skyrocket if he can be dominant against Miami.
1. Their Defense Is Dominant
The Miami offense is built on the running game. Duke Johnson is one of the best ball carriers in the country, and the Hurricanes will attempt to control the game by feeding him the ball. Unfortunately for them, the Florida State defense will be up to the task. Stopping the Miami running game will force them into third-and-long situations, right where Florida State and their opportunistic defense wants them.
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