Labor Day. No better way to kick off the season than at home against a quality conference opponent. I’ll spare you the historical details of how one sided this match-up has been as the mainstays of the programs are only serving as honorary captains: Bobby Bowden and Frank Beamer.
Both Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente and Willie Taggart prefer a wide-open approach to offense which can make for a high scoring game.
Let me be frank when I say that nothing scares me about Virginia Tech. I give respect to the name and the brand, but for me to not think FSU won’t win this game is simply false humility. Anybody can lose on any given day, sure, though from a purely athletic perspective I’ve got to give this to FSU.
Before I go into an in-depth breakdown, I need the non-Hokie fans who will read this to do one thing for me without Google: name three skill players from the VT offense. If you can do that, I’ll increase the odds of them winning.
After that, do the same thing for defense.
I cover the ACC and can’t do it. Again, not saying they are bad, I’m just saying nobody is overly excited about Hokie football besides Hokie fans.
(I do know Virginia Tech offensive lineman Kyle Chung and tight end Chris Cunningham, but that’s because I’ve trained them at Boost Sports Performance in Jacksonville during their prep years.)
Virginia Tech returns quarterback Josh Jackson who threw for almost 3,000 yards last season and is very athletic. The questions I have are who’s he going to throw it to as wide receiver Cam Phillips is gone and can they establish a running game?
Everyone questions FSU’s offensive line, but statistically speaking, the FSU offense out-produced the Hokies’ offense last year.
Deondre Francois is back for FSU as the starting QB. This will be his first live action against a good defensive coach. How will that knee hold up?
FSU’s backfield returns two of the top rushers in the ACC in Jacques Patrick and Cam Akers with talented Khalan Laborn itching for carries. FSU returns leading receiver Nyqwan Murray and has high hopes for its younger receivers, particularly Tamorrion Terry, D.J. Matthews and true freshman Treshaun Harrison.
The deciding factor in all this will be the offensive line. I’m in the minority of those who don’t believe FSU’s offensive line is as bad as advertised.
I personally believe that FSU’s offensive line is better, along with its offensive backfield, including QB, and the receiving core.
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