Miami FL (3-1, 0-0) at Florida State (4-0, 2-0)
When: Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Time: 8:00 ET
TV: ABC Radio: XM 84
The Miami Hurricanes finally play their first conference game when they visit hated rival Florida State on Saturday. Miami started out 3-0 before losing their first game last week in Cincinnati 34-23. Quarterback Brad Kaaya leads the ‘Canes offense, but had his streak of throwing a touchdown pass end at 16 games last week, but leads all ACC quarterbacks with 1,094 yards and has thrown only four interceptions in his last 342 attempts. Sophomore running back Joseph Yearby has rushed for 424 yards and 4 touchdowns this season and is ninth in the country with 7.3 yards per carry. The defense has been very opportunistic this season with eight interceptions including three each from Artie Burns and Rayshawn Jenkins. Miami leads the ACC and is ranked second nationally in turnover margin at plus 9.
Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson is getting more comfortable in the Florida State passing game. He’s completing 64.2% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and zero interceptions. They’re being a little conservative with him as he hasn’t shown the ability to throw the ball downfield. He might have to step up a little more as leading rusher Dalvin Cook (570 yards, 8.6 per carry, 6 touchdowns) is questionable with a hamstring injury he suffered during last week’s 24-16 victory at Wake Forest. If Cook cannot go or is limited, sophomore Johnathan Vickers and freshman Jacques Patrick are expected to carry the load. Neither have seen much action this year. The Florida State defense ranks 6th nationally allowing only 11.5 points per game. The Seminoles have outscored opponents 82-19 in the second half, including 41-0 in the third quarter. They only have three road games left this season, but they’re at Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Florida. Every game from here on out will be huge for Florida State if they want to make it back to the Playoffs.
Florida State hasn’t looked that impressive despite their 4-0 record. Miami’s defense could rattle Golson a little bit and they should be able to stop the run, which be limited for Florida State. Seven points is a lot in a rivalry game. I like Miami today to possibly win outright.
Pick: Miami FL +7