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2019 FSU-Florida Game Info
- Hogtown, FL
- 7:30 Eastern, SECN
- UF -17.5, O/U 53.5
- Last Game:
- FSU: W, 49-12, Alabama State
- lizards: W, 23-6, Missouri
When FSU’s on Offense
Hoo boy. This could get ugly. Florida has an elite defense from front to back. With 38 sacks and 85 TFL, UF likes to get aggressive up front. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is somewhat of an angry blitzer, and will likely try to eliminate the explosiveness of the FSU offense through pressure. We know how good FSU’s offensive line is at blocking four rushers, let alone blitzers.
The counter to this would be the NC State route – slants and post routes out wide, and calling screen plays and draws to negate the effects of the constant blitzing. If UF somehow decides to respect the arm of Jordan Travis, we may be able to create big gains through zone reads and QB runs.
When FSU’s on Defense
Kyle Trask has been a revelation for the Florida Gators. Instead of the up-and-down Feleipe Franks, Trask has been a steadying force for a Florida offense that needed a steady hand. Receiving, his favorite target is tight end Kyle Pitts. Yep. A tight end. Covered, generally, by a linebacker. This could be a problem. Out wide, receivers Van Jefferson, Trevon Grimes, and Freddie Swain split productivity nearly evenly. Dan Mullen also likes to get his tailbacks out in space, and will attempt to create bad matchups with our linebackers and Lamical Perine/Dameon Pierce.
Florida’s one weakness this year has been the offensive line. They’re not bad, they’re just not physical. Lamical Perine and Dameon Pierce have combined for nearly 800 yards and 7 touchdowns. Backup quarterback Emory Jones has also come in handy for the Gators, adding 4 touchdowns on 31 attempts.
UF’s special teams are top tier. Ours are straight garbage.
John: 55-28 UF. Bad defense, bad offensive line and an opposing coach that wants to apply the dagger while he still can is a bad combination for the Noles.
Cory: 42-7 UF. I know, I know. UF has too many linebacker-killing weapons and we have linebacker issues. I also don’t think we’ll be able to give Blackman/Travis any time to do anything, much less to throw deep balls. This is a whipping. I hope I’m wrong. I really do. But I doubt it. Long live Odell Haggins.
Mike: 38-17 UF. Kyle Trask has been pretty efficient for a Florida offense that is really good at the skill positions. Since Marvin Wilson went down, FSU hasn’t been able to generate much pressure. It’s also hard to trust that the Seminoles’ porous offensive line will be able to protect James Blackman against a Florida front that ranks top five nationally in sacks.
Eric: 36-20 UF. The most notable change that the Seminoles have made since Haggins took over has been the emergence of dual-threat QB Jordan Travis. Travis rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns against Boston College and followed up that performance with 71 passing yards and 69 rush yards against Alabama State. If FSU wants any shot at winning this game, they need some big time plays by Jordan Travis in tandem with James Blackman.
James: 59-10 UF.
Danielle: 42-20 UF. Zuniga is coming back on defense. They’ve allowed some rushing yardage in some games, but I believe that was injury-related. If they find a way to stop Cam, then we’re in trouble. Start Jordan Travis and flip him and Cam and let’s go wild.