FSU vs South Florida: Preview and Prediction

Florida State ADVANTAGES South Florida

FSU Passing vs South Florida Pass Defense

USF will certainly be a step up from what the Noles
faced last week in Texas State.  A much larger and 
formidable defense line should test pass protection a
bit more and the Bulls have an experienced
secondary.Everett Golson and the Seminole passing
attack looked good last weekend and they still
have the advantage in this one.

FSU Rushing vs South Florida Run Defense

There won’t be many teams that have the advantage
over FSU in the run game if last week was any
indication.  Dalvin Cook and Mario Pender are
arguably one of the top one-two combinations in the
country and the left side of the FSU offensive line
looked really dominant last Saturday.  They’ll have
bigger, more talented guys to face this week,
however, and we’ll find out a bit more about what
the Noles have this weekend.



South Florida Passing vs FSU Pass Defense

South Florida will start a young and athletic, but
raw, passer in Quentin Flowers and he’ll lead an
uptempo spread offense that doesn’t feature a
whole lot of  experience or flash at the WR position.  
The Noles looked good against a more formidable
offense last week and they should have a sizable
advantage in the secondary led by Jalen Ramsey.  


fsu_seminoles_logo_detail South Florida Rushing vs FSU Run Defense
This is probably the closest match up on the field
Saturday.  Marlon Mack is an excellent running back
and he got his season started off on the right foot
last weekend with a 131 yard performance. Flowers 
added 63 yards rushing as well as the Bulls ran all
over an overmatched FAMU team.  The Noles looked
really impressive last weekend and have a deep and
talented front 4 that should perform well against USF.
fsu_seminoles_logo_detail Special Team
Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo is the best 
kicker in the nation and the Noles looked excellent in
the kick return game last week with both Jalen
Ramsey and Kermit Whitfield flashing.  In the punt 
game, however, USF looks to have an advantage as 
the Noles dropped two punts and Cason Beatty
continued his struggles.  Matti Ciabatti had an nice
day punting for USF last week averaging 47.4 yards
on 5 punts.  The Noles ability in the return game and
having Aguayo give them the overall edge, though.
41 Prediction
South Florida will have a better defense than the
Noles faced last week in Texas State, but aren’t as
good offensively as the Bobcats.  It will be a
different test this week and is a nice complementary
game to  last week’s season opener. The Bulls boast
some solid players on the interior of their defense
and this will be a good early test for the young
offensive line for Florida State. 

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