Not only did North Carolina dispatch Duke 45-20 on Thursday, they also dispatched Duke from the ACC championship game. By virtue of conference standing, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will now represent the ACC Coastal division on December 6 against Florida State.
This is great news for Georgia Tech, but perhaps not exactly ideal for Florida State. The Seminoles routed Duke 45-7 in the 2013 ACC championship, and their defense matches up well against Duke’s offensive scheme. Georgia Tech, on the other hand, presents a triple-threat with their triple-option, and the Yellow Jackets could keep Seminole fans from booking tickets to Arlington.
Florida State played against a similar attack in September, when they beat The Citadel 37-12. Although the score was lopsided, it wasn’t an enjoyable matchup as Florida State gave up 250 yards on the ground against an undersized opponent. Considering Georgia Tech’s size and recent hot streak, the Seminoles have cause for concern.
If Florida State remains undefeated come December 6, the added pressure of remaining unbeaten could augment the potential for an upset. Not to mention, the game will be outdoors in Charlotte, with the possibility for weather which would service Georgia Tech’s running attack.
One thing to realize however, is that college football teams grow, change, fall or fade as the season progresses. Florida State’s run defense could be markedly different in this performance compared to games previous. The December 6 Seminoles D could be more porous, or it could be more stout.
This is a concern the Seminoles will just have to address on the field.