By: Clayton Tinkle (CD_Tink)
Previewing and Predicting Week 5: Florida State Seminoles at South Florida Bulls
Florida state is coming off of, arguably, the best regular season win in recent memory. South Florida is coming off of, without a doubt, the worst loss in the Skip Holtz era. South Florida, in my opinion, is still a lot better than they have shown. While USF is coming off of an abysmal performance, they have nothing to lose, which should worry FSU just a little bit. Everyone remembers what happened the last time these teams played, and FSU would love to forget. B.J. Daniels, a Tallahassee native, had a field day in his first college start against the Seminoles and pulled the upset. While FSU has improved since the last matchup, and USF has seemed to get worse, this could still be interesting.
The key for FSU will be forcing Daniels to beat them by himself. Even though he did it in 2009, this FSU defensive unit is a completely different animal. Daniels has been the leading rusher in each of the Bulls last two games and he has thrown for over a thousand yards through four weeks. Daniels can play, but the Bulls need some balance for a chance this time around against a much improved FSU defense. USF will need to limit their turnovers, as they have committed six in the last two games. I predict FSU will add at least two to that number and keep B.J. bottled up.
Offensively is where FSU should be able to put this game away. While USF’s defensive unit was supposed to be towards the top of the Big East this year, it has showed to be a lot worse. FSU should be able to out muscle USF and, if B.J. puts up big numbers, score with them this year. While this one has an all or nothing feel for the Bulls, I don’t think they can pull of an upset this time around.
While an upset isn’t imminent, there is one statistic worth mentioning. The last time the Seminoles beat a top ten team before defeating Clemson, was BYU in 2009. That win came exactly seven days before B.J. Daniels ran wild against the Seminoles. The amount of time between the Clemson game and when FSU travels to take on USF? Seven Days.
The road team wins once again.
Seminoles 42 - USF 13
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