2019 FSU-Louisville Preview

by | Sep 20, 2019 | Football, Previews, Sports


2019 FSU-Louisville Game Info

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • 3:30 Eastern, ESPN
  • FSU -6.5, O/U 60.5
  • Last Game:

When FSU’s on Offense

The best news I’ve seen all week is that Louisville’s defense is not as good as Virginia’s. It’s not as bad as ours, but it’s not as stout as Virginia’s. The main thing is pressure. 7 different players have recorded sacks for the Cards. We’ll have to see how Kendal Briles works around this, as he’ll still be missing key LT Jauan Williams. (Who would’ve thought, by the way, that I’d be calling Jauan Williams a key player?) Cam Akers should have a decent day, as Louisville is averaging 125 yards/game on rushing defense, at a clip of almost 3.5 yards/carry – not great, Jim. James Blackman must be more efficient – the eyes of the home crowd will be watching his ball placement. He’s played relatively well, though, with only 2 INTs, all in the ULM game. Look for the Seminole offense to have a bounce-back game after a frustrating effort last week.

When FSU’s on Defense

Well…I’m still not sure what we see out of this defense, especially with Joshua Kaindoh out for the season. How do our linebackers play, with the switch of Warner and Lars-Woodbey? Can we trigger downhill? Louisville’s offense isn’t that great. Their QB, Jawon Pass, isn’t great through the air and isn’t 100% healthy. I know I said something similar last week, but Perkins is a much better thrower than Pass (which is a trifle ironic).The tough part will be the running game. Javian Hawkins has been really good for the Cardinals this season, averaging nearly 7 yards every time he touches the ball. Even if you just look at the Notre Dame game (their only Power 5 matchup this year), he still ran for 122 yards. Can FSU’s defense figure out how to defend the run, or will it be another case of Boise State? We must force Pass to beat us with his arm, or this game will be much tighter than we anticipate.

Other Factors

Louisville’s special teams haven’t been, well, special. They’re ranked 57th in the country, with a punter averaging 41-ish yards per punt. They’ve had no kicks returned for touchdowns so far. Nothing to write home about.

Score Predictions

John: 35-24 FSU. Louisville has the 71st ranked Rushing defense, allowing almost 4 yards a pop. Cam Akers should have a huge game as he continues to climb the rushing ladder. Changes at LB should contain the run similar to last week. Pass will be easier to contain than Perkins.

Cory: 41-31 FSU. The ‘Noles do the usual – get up large in the first half, only to have Louisville come roaring back in the second. We still go home happy, with a 10-point win.

James: 42-41 FSU. Louisville misses an extra point to tie the game, FSU continues its reign of terror on opposing PATs.

Mike: 31-26 FSU. Despite letting another fourth-quarter lead slip away last week in Charlottesville, Florida State had its most encouraging performance of the season. At 1-2, the Seminoles may be facing a must-win on Saturday against Louisville. FSU gets it done, but in another close contest.

Danielle: 38-24 FSU. FSU needs to keep up the same momentum they had last week against UVA. If FSU can stop the run and pressure Pass as they did Perkins, forcing him to try to win with his arm, the Noles will do well.