Without question, especially defensively, FSU is reeling. Allowing on average 35 points a game over the first four is of great concern to Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. The only thing that has saved Noles from being 1-3 or 0-4 is their equally potent offense which rallied to outscore Ole Miss in game one and wore down and outscored USF two weeks ago.
So now comes the Saturday night showdown in Miami with the 4-0 Canes. Obviously, “The U” hasn’t played anywhere close to the competition that the Seminoles have. But, they are unbeaten, have young talent and are highly motivated.
Example of said motivation? The young Canes have been hearing all week that FSU has beaten them six consecutive times and how the Seminoles essentially, “own” the series.
And make no mistake, while most of the Miami top talent was recruited by Fisher, a lot of Miami starters were not. Plus, several prominent Seminoles, like RB Dalvin Cook, CB Tavarus McFadden, and LB Matthew Thomas played either in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale high schools and are well known to the Hurricane players and staff.
No one in the Coral Cables building has to say anything about that to have it motivate their players.
So that, coupled with their struggling defense, has the Noles walking into a cauldron. Can Miami QB Brad Kaaya and company take advantage? Chances are they will.
The question in response, can Cook, QB Deondre Francois and the Seminoles rise to the challenge and score with the Canes to keep FSU from being 2-3?
And, because of the swiss cheese D this season, FSU will need a big play or two from Cook for certain, plus, to not turn it over.
Otherwise, the “streak” at six, will be over, too.