College Football Week 11: #8 Florida State At Virginia Tech
- CoachingFlorida State’s shocking loss to North Carolina State a month ago continues to make you scratch your head. Jimbo Fisher’s squad has dominated every other team on its schedule.Frank Beamer is allowed to have one bad season every now and then, right? The Hokies are just 4-5, meaning their eight-year run of 10-win seasons will come to an end. If VT doesn’t rebound next season there is cause for concern.
- OffenseFSU fields the top offense in the country as far as yards per play. The Seminoles are coming off a bye week; only rust can slow down this unit. E.J Manuel is the second-most efficient quarterback in the country.The Hokies have been inconsistent on offense all season. Logan Thomas has been dangerous on the ground and through the air, at times, but he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in last week’s 30-12 loss to Miami.
- DefenseGuess what? The ’Noles also have the top defense in the country, giving up just 3.5 yards per play. The light schedule is certainly a big factor, but Virginia Tech doesn’t have the type of offense that will scare FSU.VT has forced just 14 turnovers this season, not enough to offset its mediocre defense.
- Special TeamsFSU has one of the most reliable kickers in the country and has been well above average on kickoffs and kickoff returns.Given all of Virginia Tech’s struggles, perhaps the most surprising has been the special teams play. The Hokies allowed an 81-yard kickoff return, missed an extra point, and had a punt blocked last week.
You’d like to think Virginia Tech will have an inspired effort at home in this nationally-televised, primetime matchup. But it still won’t be able to overcome the talent deficiency. -Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor