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Canes vs Noles at Hard Rock 3:30

The #17 Miami Hurricanes (4-1) and Florida State Seminoles (3-2) will square off in their annual rivalry game this Saturday at 3:30 PM in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. “Da Guru” is going to breakdown the matchups.

Canes Offense vs Noles Defense

Redshirt Freshman N’Kosia Perry started his first game for the Canes last week and seemed to bring an energy to the entire team as the Canes cruised to a 47-10 win over UNC. He will face a tougher test this week against FSU and the athletes they bring to the table, one bad pass could be a pick six. The Canes will look to pound the Noles with their ground game as they already have 2 rb’s (Travis Homer and Deejay Dallas) with over 300 yards a piece on the year.

Then hit some intermediate throws their freshman TE Brevin Jordan and 6’5 WR Lawrence Cager. Mix in some deep throws to the speedy Jeff Thomas and you have a recipe for success that is translating to 44 points a game.
On defense the Seminoles fare much better against the run ranking 12th in the nation allowing 101 yards a game. On pass defense, the Noles ae allowing 284 yards a game ranking as one of the worst teams in the nation at 113th. The Canes will probably be forced to pass more than they like to play to the defensive weaknesses shown by the Noles. Some standouts for the Noles on D, include DE Brian Burns who has 5 sacks and AJ Westbrook leading the secondary with 2 picks.


Edge – Canes 

 

Noles Offense vs Canes Defense

The Seminoles offense struggled mightily in 2 of their first 3 games against power 5 opponents getting outscored 54-10. They have been playing a lot better the last 2 games in wins, but still only averaging 22 points a game and now must face one of the elite defenses in college football. Offensively, the Noles are led by QB Deondre Francois throwing for 1.377 yards, 9td’s, 5 pint’s, on a 63% completion percentage.

The Seminoles boast a plethora of skill players in RB Came Akers (over 300 yards rushing) and WR’s Keith Gavin, Nyqwan Murray, and Tamorrion Terry who all have close to 250 yards receiving. The main issue is the offensive line not giving Francois time to throw or opening running lanes. There is some injuries as well which is not helping the cause as they must now face a talented Miami defensive front.
The Canes are second in the nation allowing only 245 yards a game in first tackles for a loss with 60 for the season while letting opponents only avg 16 points a game. Some standouts include DT Gerald Willis who has been playing like a man possessed which could translate into being a first round pick. LB Shaq Quarterman roams the middle of the field while end Joe Jackson terrorizes QB’s. Hopefully, all-American safety Jaquan Johnson will be back to play this game as he has been hampered by injuries. The turnover chain will probably be making a few appearances

 


Edge – Canes

 

Special Teams

The Noles have the clear advantage in the kicking game, as they have another Agayuo brother at kicker and much better punter. Jeff Thomas could take one back for 6 at any time and is an electric returner for the Canes.

 


Edge – Noles

Coaching, Intangibles

Willie Taggart is still getting his feet wet at FSU in his first season and still needs to bring in his players, while Mark Richt is in Year 3 of his tenure having brought the culture and identity he wants for this team. I would give the nod for coaching to the Canes and being played in Miami will give the Canes home field advantage where they have won 12 regular season games in a row.


Edge – Canes

 

Final Prediction

I expect the Noles to keep it close for 2-3 quarters, this is a rivalry game, but Miami should pull away late in the game.
“Guru” out!
Canes 34
FSU 20

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