Florida State Football: Can the Seminoles Win on Senior Day?

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent INovember 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12:  EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles calls a play during a game against against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Florida State will play host to the Virginia Cavaliers this coming Saturday in the 'Noles last home game of the season. The game will also be a farewell to the seniors who will be playing for the last time at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Nigel Bradham, Beau Reliford, Zebrie Sanders, Bert Reed, Jermaine Thomas, Mike Harris, Terrance Parks and Shawn Powell will play in front of the crowd that made their four years in Tallahassee home on Saturday.

It will be a special day for these seniors, which gives them even more of an incentive to win. Virginia certainly isn't a push over.

Both teams have a 7-3 record, and both teams have faced tough competition and have lost close games. Even though Oklahoma, Clemson and Wake Forest are a tad bit better than the likes of North Carolina, Southern Miss and North Carolina State; they still equal losses on both teams' records.

So how will Florida State approach the Cavs? The same way they've approached the past five games: defensive minded and offensively sound. Since starting the season 2-3, Florida State has won five games in a row due in large part to the front seven of the defense and a healthy E.J. Manuel.

The defense will be tested against Virginia. Running backs Perry Jones and Kevin Parks have combined for 1,472 yards and 12 touchdowns. They are one of the better running back pairs in the country and will certainly be motivated to make some noise against Florida State.

The front seven of Florida State is one of the best in the country, led by defensive ends Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins. Linebackers Bradham and Christian Jones are some of the most athletic linebackers who fly to the ball and constantly make plays.

The Florida State offense could be tested against a stout Virginia defense, but with a healthy Manuel and the dynamic true freshman running back Devonta Freeman, the 'Noles should take care of business.

This will be a big win for the Seminoles, and the momentum of winning six games should carry over into their final game of the season next week against rival Florida.

Although Florida State won't make a BCS appearance this season, they can still finish the year strong, winning their last three including the bowl game to make it a solid eight-game winning streak to end the year.