September 14, 2016 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports) By: S.K. Patrick
Game Preview: #2 Florida State Seminoles vs. #10 Louisville Cardinals
College Game Day rolls into Louisville, KY for one of the biggest games of the season and in the history of Louisville Cardinals Football. The second-ranked Florida State Seminoles will travel to face No. 10 Louisville Cardinals on Saturday inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium kwon as the oven. This is a pivotal ACC showdown. The Cardinals look to shake up the college football landscape and firmly put their name in the college football play discussion. FSU holds a 14-2 advantage all-time in the series and have beaten UofL in both games since they joined the ACC.
After a 52-8 beat down of Charleston Southern, FSU enters a rough stretch of their schedule that includes three road contests. After a gusty 22-point comeback against Ole Miss on Labor Day; FSU hopes to keep their playoffs hopes a live Saturday. However the task will not be easy. The Cardinals have soared up the rankings from 19 to 10. Dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson has put the college football world on notice with his dynamic play-making.
The Cardinal’s offense has been operating at will thus far .The line allowed just one sack and two tackles for loss. The offense is averaging an outrageous 10 yards per play; basically every play results in a first down. Louisville leads Division 1 in plays that have gained at least 10, 20, 30 and 70 yards. But this week’s opposing defense has players who will play on Sunday. The Cardinals have to deal with a Seminole line; especially DeMarcus Walker who has spent the first two weeks living in the offense’s backfield. The defensive line took over the Ole Miss game getting to Chad Kelly nearly every drop back in the second half. Florida State is currently ranked No. 57 in total defense. The pass defense is ranked No. 76 and the run defense is No. 40 in the nation.
A fast start from FSU’s offense will be vital. The Rebels sprinted out to a 21-6 lead and had FSU backed in a corner. Florida State managed just 3.2 yards on 10 first-down snaps. Do to subpar play on 1st down FSU faced six third downs at a distance of 9.5 yards per play. (Per: ESPN) Florida State’s offense has to be able to sustain drives; this will keep Jackson and company on the sideline.
With a freshman QB at the helm for the Seminoles the Cardinals defense will look to put the pressure on his shoulders. In his first two games as leader of the offense, Deondre Francois has lived up to the hyped. He is completing 69% of his passes for 681 yards, 5 TD’s with just 1 interception. This is when edge-rusher Devonte Fields skills come into play. Last season he racked up 22.5 tackles for loss. He must be careful not to over-pursue. FSU will likely call several play-action rollouts to get Fields off his pass rushing lane. If Fields breaks contain, Francois is capable big runs and has completed numerous passes on the run. And we must not forget about FSU’s Heisman hopeful in Dalvin Cook can quickly cut back and turn nothing into something. The Cards out of this world offense may get UofL their first signatures win in the ACC. And this win will put the Cardinals in the middle of the playoff hunt.
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