The Florida State Seminoles are set to host the Louisville Cardinals in an ACC game at noon with circumstances no one saw coming in the pre-season. We documented earlier this week how different this game is from what we all thought.
After last season’s thrashing by Louisville, the Noles will look to bounce back and here are a few things to look out for:
Lamar Jackson- Starting with the obvious Lamar Jackson is the must-watch player. He is the Cardinals engine, motor, ignition and everything in between. Last year in this match-up he showed the entire country he was the real deal with four rushing and five total TDs. This season he is looking to add to his draft stock and another performance like last year’s vs. a healthy Nole defense will have the scouts salivating at his potential.
For the Noles, the continuing emergence of the passing game will be significant. To ask your defense to hold Lamar Jackson to 28 points is a difficult task. The offense will need to put up points in this one to keep up with Lamar Jackson and company. We have seen what Auden Tate can do for this offense but what about the rest of the group? Nyqwan Murray is coming off of his best game of the season look for him to be a focal point in this contest with Tate still dealing with a nagging injury.
Another thing to watch for is how FSU will react if they go down early? In two of their three losses, they were losing after the first quarter. If Louisville starts fast and can get up 7 or 14 points quickly, then what kind of team will we see out of the Noles? On that same note, if the Noles can get out to the early 14 point lead, can Jackson pass his way to a comeback vs. this secondary?
Though this game doesn’t hold the implications we thought it would regarding the ACC or National Title race, it still holds draft significance with Jackson going up against the likes of Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden in the secondary.