After last years dismantling 63-20 loss to the Louisville Cardinals, I would imagine there is one thing on the mind of this years Florida State team. The adjective that can best describe it is revenge. While Jimbo Fisher has done a marvelous job keeping his composure, sophomore CB Levonta Taylor echoed the real feelings in the locker room. “We’re taking this game very personal because of last year what happened,” sophomore cornerback Levonta Taylor said. “I just remember them scoring a lot. They had the bell ringing. This year, I don’t want that to happen.” Thirteen months since that game has happened, the pain and embarrassment still exist in the Florida State locker room, and seems like the perfect recipe for their first complete game this 2017 season. So check out the Louisville outlook for this Saturday.
Overall Record: FSU leads 14-3 (since 1952)
ACC Series Record: FSU leads 2-1 (since 2014)
First Game: 1952 Louisville 41 Florida State 14
Fun Fact: Louisville and FSU used to belong to the Metro Conference (for every sport but football) together from 1976-1991, during that same time frame they played eight times.
Schemes/Players to Watch
Players to Watch: Lamar Jackson QB, Dez Fitzpatrick WR, and Jaylen Smith WR
Offense: Pro Set
Players to Watch: James Blackman QB, Jacques Patrick RB, and Cam Akers RB
Three Keys to Victories for FSU
- FSU should have a huge game on the ground, as Louisville hasn’t been able to stop any ACC team on the ground. Last week against Boston College shredded the Louisville front seven for 364 rushing yards. Clemson also shredded this 3-4 defense as well. The 3-4 that Louisville runs, will let FSU guards get free releases to their inside backers. If the FSU offensive line wanted to prove their worth, it will start this Saturday. They had their best game of the year against Duke, but poor tackling from Duke sure did help. The best running back tandem in the conference should shred this defense.
- Charles Kelly has to have contain on Lamar Jackson this year. There is not much of a running threat besides him this year. Unlike the Miami game, FSU is going to have to do a better job of disguising their pressure. If the FSU defense forces Lamar Jackson to win with his arm, shut down his legs, it will be a challenging game for the Louisville offense.
- Special teams will have to keep improving, and have the best game of the year. Florida State has proven to control time of possession this year, so drives will be limited. It will be important for Logan Tyler to keep flipping field position again. It is also important for Ricky Aguayo to keep his streak of made kicks going.
Where to watch the game/Spread
Spread: Florida State is favored by 7 over Louisville