FSU QB Jameis Winston faces a Louisville team that is hungrily chasing their lead in the ACC Atlantic division.
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The #2 Florida State Seminoles, fresh off their playoff projection by the College Football Playoff selection committee, head to Louisville for a Thursday Night matchup against the 6-2 Cardinals.
With more controversy and close calls in games than many FSU players would care to admit to, the team is still undefeated and has stayed that way since QB Jameis Winston took over the team in 2013. Despite receiving a vote of confidence towards a spot in the college football playoffs, only by staying undefeated can the Seminoles hope to keep that spot with so many SEC, Big XII and Pac-12 teams lining up to take that coveted 4th spot. One slip up and the playoffs could become completely out of reach.
The Seminoles will have their hands full with Louisville, a well-balanced offense that has played relatively mistake free while scoring 30 or more points in half of their games. The Cardinals defense is also stout, having yet to give up more than 23 points in a game this season and holding four opponents to under 14 points.
But the Seminoles didn’t get to their 7-0 record by being slouches on offense. The team has scored 30 points or more in each of the 6 games started by Jameis Winston – the lone game under 30 points was a 23-17 win over Clemson (a team that beat Louisville as well). If QB Jameis Winston gets rolling early, it could be a long day for the Cardinals.
Prediction: Florida State – This has all the makings of a trap game for the Seminoles, but with a healthy Jameis Winston and an offense that is rolling on all cylinders, Louisville will need to play a perfect game to put them away, as Oklahoma State, Clemson and Notre Dame all learned the hard way. As good as Louisville is, without a true impact making QB and defense that FSU has, the upset just doesn’t seem possible.