By: Alex Turko (@aturko_23)
Fresh off of a bye week the Florida State Seminoles are traveling north, to chilly Blacksburg, Virginia to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. Jimbo Fisher looks to pile on another ACC win this Thursday night in a game where the weather is projected to be in the high 30’s come kickoff. Last year the Seminoles stumbled out of their bye week with a loss to Wake Forest on the road, and in Jimbo Fisher’s first two years he has yet to win the game following the Noles bye week. It should be interesting to see the focus that the Seminoles will bring Thursday night in this conference match-up with the extra preparation. Hopefully history does not repeat itself, as the Noles are once again double-digit favorites.
The Hokies are led by their huge junior quarterback, Logan Thomas, and despite Thomas oozing with athletic ability; he has arguably been the most disappointing player in the country so far this season. Entering this season the hype around Thomas was overwhelming and there was talk about him being drafted in the top-10 in April’s NFL Draft. I have watched four Virginia Tech games and Thomas may have one of the strongest arms in all of college football, but what he has in arm strength he clearly lacks in accuracy. It is well documented that Thomas has the ability to tuck it and run, and with his 6 foot 6 260-pound frame you better wrap this guy up in the open field. To me Logan Thomas resembles a tight end when he is on the run, as he can pull away from most linebackers and run over most defensive backs.
Florida State has neutralized running quarterbacks all year. This season the Noles defense’s elite speed has taken scramblers, Tajh Boyd and B.J. Daniels, completely out of the game. Aside from Oregon, there doesn’t seem to be an offense that can outrun Florida State for a full 60 minutes. Virginia Tech’s offense lacks firepower despite Logan Thomas’ ability to scramble. But as of late, Tech’s two young running backs have emerged to give this offense a spark.
One thing we know for certain is that the Hokies are going to bring their best shot Thursday night when the bright lights come on. Virginia Tech would love to pull the upset on the number 10 ranked Seminoles, and continue their undefeated record at home for the 2012 season. But after watching one too many of the Hokies embarrassing offensive performances, including last week’s loss to Miami, I find it hard to believe that Virginia Tech will be in contention in the second half of Thursday’s game. If Florida State does not turn the ball over against this opportunistic Hokie defense, and controls the game clock I believe the Noles get out of the cold with a win.
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