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Game Preview: FSU vs Northern Illinois

The Noles look to right-the-ship after a disappointing loss to Syracuse last week.

Game Preview: FSU vs Northern Illinois

Florida State (1-2) vs. Northern Illinois (1-2) Game Preview

One Reason Why Northern Illinois Will Win

Yeah, the Florida State offense really is that bad.

It’s the second-worst in college football in third down conversions, mainly because the offensive line has been a total disaster. The FSU offensive front it getting killed by anyone who gets behind the line, and it shows with no passing attack, and with the NFL-caliber running backs getting nowhere to move.

Northern Illinois might have its share of problems, but the pass rush continues to be a killer. So far, the Huskies have come up with 11 sacks, and they’re going to be relentless against an FSU attack that had one decent late run against Samford, and that’s been it.

Oh yeah … and the FSU secondary isn’t coming up with stops, either. FSU is giving up over 200 yards per game through the air against Virginia Tech and Syracuse, and getting hammered for 475 by Samford. But …

One Reason Why Florida State Will Win

Yeah, the Northern Illinois offense is really that bad.

It perked up a little bit against Central Michigan last week, but there’s no passing game in place to take advantage of the shaky FSU secondary.

NIU hasn’t thrown for more than 111 yards so far, and there aren’t any big plays down the field. The running game isn’t exactly picking up the slack – the Huskies have yet to run for a touchdown, and it’s averaging just over three yards per carry.

Yeah, Florida State has had way too many problems in several areas, but the run defense has been okay.

What’s Going To Happen

There’s still talent across the board for head coach Willie Taggart to work with – the defensive front will save the day. While the O isn’t going to break out, it’ll be just good enough to get by.

FSU’s offense will take advantage of its opportunities – the defense will come up with a few takeaways – to get out with an ugly win, but a win nonetheless.

Fearless Prediction & Line from Free Sports Press

Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 21
Line: Florida State -10, o/u: 45

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Network: ESPNU

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