Florida State Football: Predicting the Final Scores for Next Year's Games-Part I
Murray State and Savannah State will be blowouts (my guess is Vegas will make it +40), and the rest of FSU's schedule should have some blowouts.
But to test the mettle of how a strong FSU team would play in the Fall, I used the best predictor possible--the past. How FSU plays in big games. Do they fold early, like they did against Oklahoma in 2010? Or do they duke it out to the end, like the Oklahoma game last year?
NCAA Football 12 utilizes a different football season, but expectations for ACC teams are always low in both the real and virtual world. Since I have to play all these games, I will get you the second half of the 2012 Seminoles tomorrow.
We can't ever truly predict the future, but at least until Fall it's fun to play pretend.
Let's see how the Seminoles do!
Florida State vs. Wake Forest
The Seminoles' third game of the season--and first ACC game--will come against Jim Grobe's Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The Deacons had gradually fallen off the map after their 2006 ACC Championship, going 3-9 in 2010. Things look up, though, since the team made it to a bowl last year.
By the looks of this game, Wake Forest will have trouble getting back.
E.J. Manuel had a very solid game, throwing for four touchdowns and 334 yards against an exposed Wake Forest defense.
Jermaine Thomas separated himself from the pack of running backs by scoring two touchdowns. Given real life, Devonta Freeman should be the star running back.
FSU won very comfortably, bringing back the glory days of this ACC powerhouse. Seminoles win 41-3.
Florida State vs. Clemson
Most Seminole fans can't wait to get the Tigers out of Death Valley.
With starting quarterback E.J. Manuel injured, FSU lost a squeaker to Clemson.
Originally, the 2012 game had it close. At the end of the first, FSU led by a mere four points (7-3). But during the second quarter, the 'Noles exploded offensively and shutout the Clemson defense.
The third quarter started with a 20-3 FSU lead. Clemson roared back in the 4th Quarter. Manuel had a mediocre day, only completing 50% of his passes with one touchdown.
The team is now 4-0 and has defeated their main Atlantic Division competitor.
Final: Florida State 30, Clemson 20
Florida State at USF
Talk about a revenge tour!
FSU did lose to Clemson and Wake Forest last year, but were humiliated by USF back in 2009. Bobby Bowden must've felt terrible for his players. His seniors, I think, will redeem him.
And redeem him they did! It was a nail biter, but Florida State won their first road game against USF 21-17. Given USF's tendency to upset--or at least play at the same level--as larger programs, it probably is best to bet for FSU to win this by 10 come Autumn. Since it is also the Seminoles first game away from home, the crowd could have some traction on E.J. Manuel's performance.
With five wins and other conferences in play, Florida State should definitely be in the top five.
Florida State vs. NC State
Florida State and NC State have a history of close games. Even in the Dynasty years, NC State seemed to be a threat.
Not this year.
The Seminoles blew out the hosting Wolfpack 34-19, with E.J. Manuel scoring two touchdowns and avoiding his incessant tendency to throw interceptions.
The key statistic of the game is 14-0. FSU outscored NC State 14-0 in the 1st quarter. If that hadn't happened, NC State could've forced overtime.
Bet carefully on this game.