Florida State Football: 7 Keys to Winning the Murray State Game
If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, scalp 'em (no pun intended).
Florida State will bludgeon Murray State on September 1, and any caring alumni should be in Doak Campbell Stadium to see the year that the Seminoles get back to the BCS.
Whether that be the Orange Bowl or the national championship (coincidentally played in the Orange Bowl) has yet to be seen.
If you have any hesitancy about loading up your tailgate and trekking to Titletown, here are seven reasons why it's worth the trip.
The Offensive Line
The offensive line will get another scrimmage against Murray State, a high-level FCS team that is literally out of its league.
The group should enhance its skills that it gained over the offseason and should lead Florida State to a rout.
FSU wins this one by at least 35.
If you don't know about E.J. Manuel by now, you are either a lax college football fan or not a football fan at all.
Either is fine, but if you're reading this, I question why you're not doing something else.
Last year, Florida State's then-junior quarterback threw for 2,666 yards along with 18 touchdowns. Given his 5-star ranking as a recruit out of Virginia Beach, those numbers appear pedestrian. Had Manuel not been injured midseason, he would've easily eclipsed 3,000 yards and throw 25 scores.
But what Seminoles missed last season, they will be treated to this season. Manuel will need to tone down his sloppy interceptions, which have come when he's usually jittered. The trust between E.J. and the offensive line will lead to at least four touchdowns by halftime.
Devonta Freeman excelled with Chris Thompson out at running back. Even with Chris Thompson back, everyone should understand that Freeman is the future of Florida State football.
Chris Thompson will get playing time—Jimbo Fisher is a very kind man and wants his injured former starter time on the field.
I just don't feel comfortable that Thompson will touch the ball too many times. He can get more carries on September 8 against Savannah State, Freeman has played more recently, and I don't trust the health of anyone who has broken two bones in his back.
Freeman will eclipse 100 yards (again) and have one run worthy of a SportsCenter "Top Ten Best Plays" showing.
By halftime, E.J. Manuel will have worked up an ounce of sweat. Therefore, backup Clint Trickett will get the nod to start the second half.
Clint Trickett—who has the arm of a Sam Bradford—will throw for a couple touchdowns to ensure the landslide victory and keep Murray State beyond the point of no return.
Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins
If you read the caption, yes, I've called the defensive end Dynamic Duo the "Killer B's." Seriously, I thought they deserved something better than the "Dynamic Duo."
Anyway, these guys are sack monsters. Their respective statistics are insane! Werner, for example, had six tackles in the Oklahoma game alone. Jenkins is a future NFL star. Nothing more needs to be said.
Jimbo Fisher is an excellent coach who will not let his team go down when there is a national title at stake.
Bobby Bowden made him his successor for a reason.
Mark Stoops will soon be hired as a head coach (perhaps Arkansas?). He should enjoy the opener at Doak Campbell. He might tell his defense it's the time to live up to their NFL prowess.
He might say that what last year's defense did is irrelevant (like Nick Saban would). Or he might say it's part of a three-step training program for Clemson. Anyway you slice it, he's a Stoops. And that's why Florida State will win.