TV Schedule: Saturday October 24, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Stadium: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, Atlanta, Ga.
Line: GT (+5)
The Florida State Seminoles are 6-0 and looking to keep pace with the rest of the title contenders. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech (2-5) comes into this ACC matchup trying to salvage something out of an extremely disappointing season. The Yellow Jackets would love to spoil things for their conference rival.
Florida State is probably having one the least talked about undefeated starts in school history. Thanks to several close wins against opponents they should have handled more easily, it seems the country has discounted the Seminoles as true playoff contenders. But just like last season, they don’t care what people think as long as they keep winning football games. They’ll look to keep the train rolling in Atlanta this weekend.
Everett Golson has put his turnover history behind him as he has yet to throw an interception in 2015. He has 11 touchdown tosses this year to go along with his lack of turnovers. What has really worked to take the pressure off of Golson is the emergence of stud sophomore running back Dalvin Cook, who has had a tremendous breakout season with his playmaking ability. These two players, just like every week, are the two big keys for an FSU win.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech, who was a favorite to get back to the ACC championship this season, is in major trouble of not even making a bowl game. The hit and miss success of the triple-option offense has just missed a lot more than usual this season. It all seemed to pull together last season for the Yellow Jackets but nothing is going right this year. A silver lining for G-Tech is the fact that they did give FSU trouble last season in the ACC Championship Game, so perhaps they can use that game plan again this year to help find some success for Justin Thomas and the rest of the offense.
Like most games against Georgia Tech, it’s going to come down to the ability to stop their running attack and getting a lead on them. If Florida State can get an early lead, it could take the Jackets out of their game plan and their comfort zone. The Noles’ defense, led by defensive back Jalen Ramsey, must remain disciplined and stay in their lanes so they can shut down the tricky triple option. If they can do that they will almost certainly win. If Georgia Tech can get hot and exploit the defense, they have a chance to pull off the upset, but with the way things have gone this year, that seems unlikely.
Prediction: Florida State 31, Georgia Tech 17