Florida State vs. Georgia Tech: How Seminoles Will Bounce Back to Win ACC

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 30, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback EJ Manuel #3 hands the ball off to running back Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on November 17, 2012 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tomorrow night's ACC Championship will pit No. 13 Florida State against Georgia Tech in Charlotte, North Carolina, in a game that presents both teams with an opportunity to avenge the crushing defeats each suffered last weekend. 

Heading into the game, the Yellow Jackets will be trying to erase the memory of last Saturday's lopsided loss at the hands of cross-state rival Georgia, while the Seminoles will attempt to bounce back from their heartbreaking 37-26 loss to their most hated opponents from the University of Florida. 

At first glance, Florida State would appear to be the overwhelming favorite to take home the ACC crown, but it'll be without one of its best defensive weapons, as ESPN is reporting that Cornellius Carradine has been ruled out due to a torn ACL. 

Fisher said the Seminoles will be without one of their top defensive players, senior defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Florida.

"He's sad. He's down," Fisher said. "He can't be with his teammates."

Without Carradine, the Seminoles will need others to step up, as replacing the player who leads the team in tackles and ranks second in sacks won't be easy. 

Fortunately for Jimbo Fisher's team, their offense should be more than enough to get a win over the Yellow Jackets, as Georgia Tech sits 86th in the nation in terms of points allowed, and quarterback EJ Manuel will be hungry to make up for his three-interception outing against the Gators last weekend. 

All year, the Seminoles have relied on their eighth-ranked offense to get wins, and against a relatively weak defense like Georgia Tech's, they should be able to put up more than enough points to secure the conference title. 

Yes, the Yellow Jackets have one of college football's most potent run-offenses, but unless top running back Orwin Smith returns from injury, Florida State's seventh-ranked defense will be able to compensate for the loss of Carradine

Even if Smith does suit up, the Seminoles' offensive stars in Manuel, sophomore-back Devonta Freeman and sophomore-receiver Rashad Greene will carry Florida State to a victory and help the Seminoles climb back into the Top 10 of the BCS rankings.