Florida State and Miami will be rekindling their old flame this Saturday in Tallahassee. It's a bitter rivalry where records don't matter.
Last year's game was expected to be a defensive battle, instead it ended up with the Noles' throttling the defense of the Canes in route to a 45-17 victory.
This year also has the makings of a possible defensive battle, but one thing is for certain when these two face off anything can happen. With that being said, I am going out on a limb and believe this game will be decided in the trenches. Unlike the last time the two met in Tallahassee, where the outcome will be in favor of the Noles'. They will continue to have bragging rights for yet another year.
In order for this to come true the defense will need to continue their dominance as they have in their past four games. The way the front seven has dominated the line of scrimmage lately is what most fans expected to see throughout this entire season. Now they seem to have regained a bit of that swagger and hope to carry it over to this weekends battle.
There is one missing link in the offense though and that is Chris Thompson who torched the Canes last season. Instead they will be relying on emerging true freshman Devonta Freeman. He hasn't disappointed anyone this season, on the contrary, he has done nothing but impress. Expect to see Jermaine Thomas and James Wilder Jr get their fair share of carries, as Jimbo Fisher will need to keep all of his back fresh with this expecting to another one of those hard hitting games.
E.J. Manuel will also need to continue his solid play against a fast defense. That defense will be without one of their veterans, safety Ray-Ray Armstrong who was suspended for the game. No one will be licking their chops more than linebacker Sean Spence who gets one more chance at the Noles'. Manuel has to be careful with a young line in front of him and make smart decisions or he could easily re-injure himself if he tries to do a little too much.
If the Noles' play like they have in during their four game winning streak then there shouldn't be a problem with defeating the Canes at home. Sometimes that can be a big IF, but I feel very confident in the matchup this weekend. The Noles' will walk off the field victorious, with a raucous crowd behind them.