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Things can’t get any worse for FSU, can they?

That’s not a rhetorical question.  We’re seriously getting worried about the product on the field.

Everyone continues to drift back to the Notre Dame game to start the season and wonder if that was just a major fluke on how well they handled themselves.  Or was Notre Dame just that overrated considering their performance the following week.

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Either way they laid an egg at the end of regulation against Jacksonville State and then self-inflicted a horrendous loss on the road to Wake Forest to start the season 0-3.

So where do our beloved Noles go from here heading into a pivotal Week 4 match-up against Louisville?

Let’s see what the writers at College Football News have to say on the topic.

Louisville vs Florida State Game Preview

Why Louisville Will Win

It wasn’t exactly a must-win game for Louisville, but taking out UCF in a 42-35 thriller sure took a whole lot of pressure off – for now.

That’s how the offense is supposed to work. Micale Cunningham was great, the passing game clocks, and the O ran for a season-high 191 yards to pull it off. Now it’s time to bring it all against a wounded Florida State.

Louisville has been terrific at controlling the clock – even though it’s been bad on third downs. If it controls the tempo against Florida State, it should dominate early on.

The offensive line has been strong in pass protection, the defense – even though it had to deal with the Ole Miss and UCF attacks – hasn’t been all that bad considering the situations, and the parts seem to be there to put together a good run with ACC play starting.

Florida State had one good half against Notre Dame. That’s been it, with the program’s offensive line issues continuing to be a problem – the Cardinals will get behind the line. However, so will …

Why Florida State Will Win

The Florida State pass rush. It’s been a bright spot – and there haven’t been many.

The Seminole defensive front should be able to get to Cunningham and bother him just enough to make him rush his throws. For all of the good things the Cardinal offense has done, it’s been bad on third downs and the 4.4 yards per carry isn’t quite good enough.

Florida State has to get the ground game going. The parts were there. The backs are in place to rip off yards in chunks, and the Louisville defense will give up big plays.

What’s Going To Happen

Florida State has to find something it can consistently do right.

The offense looked like it had something to build on in the Notre Dame game, but that all went bye-bye against Jacksonville State and Wake Forest. The running game will start to produce a little better this week, but it won’t be enough.

Louisville won’t roll like Wake Forest did last week, but it’ll be balanced and explosive. After dealing with Ole Miss and UCF in the first three games, FSU’s O will look like it’s running in sand.

Louisville vs Florida State Broadcast Info

Date: Saturday, September 25
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Louisville (2-1), Florida State (0-3)

Now we do agree with them that Louisville will put together a balanced and explosive game plan against Florida State.  However we don’t agree with their final score of the Cardinals topping the Noles 37-27.

Check out our pick below for how we see that game turning out.

And with that let’s jump into the slate of games this weekend.

Here’s to hoping we have a major reversal in fortune.  I cannot even remember the last time we posted a losing record for the week, if ever.

So much for those “gimmie games” I guess.

Friday, September 24th

Match-UpOur Prediction
Virginia vs Wake ForestWAKE 32, UVA 30
Syracuse vs LibertySYR 27, LIB 21

Saturday, September 25th

Match-UpOur Prediction
Boston College vs MissouriMIZZ 26, BC 21
Pittsburgh vs New HampshirePITT 26, UNH 24
Virginia Tech vs RichmondRICH 27, VATECH 24
Miami vs Central ConnecticutCCSU 34, MIA 31
NC State vs #9 ClemsonCLEM 34, NCST 31
Florida State vs LouisvilleFSU 28, LOU 24
Duke vs KansasDUKE 37, KAN 21
Georgia Tech vs #21 North CarolinaUNC 38, GT 28

Last Week’s Picks: 5-6

Year-to-Date Record: 26-12 (68.42%)

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a great slate of games and we’ll check back in next week and hopefully not cringe at the results.

And if you missed it, check out our latest episode of the “Laces Out” series here.

If you’ve signed up for our weekly ESPN College Pick ‘Em challenge then don’t forget to get your picks locked in.  Top entry at the end of the season will get a nominal cash prize!

Information for this post was obtained from College Football News.

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Raised to bleed Garnet and Gold, Mike’s first passion will always be Florida State football. Though he does enjoy watching just about any sporting event if given the opportunity.


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