Posted on 16 October 2011.
In the Week 7 edition of the CSF College Football Recap, we break down five key storylines from last weekend’s action.
Denard Robinson struggles in loss to arch rival: There is no questioning Robinson’s athleticm or his “wow” factor, but it is clear that he doesn’t work well in a pro-style system. Michigan State took away the run for the most part, holding the dual-threat QB to 42 yards rushing. More importantly, they forced Robinson to beat them with his arm…and that didn’t work out so well. Contained in the pocket for most of the game, Robinson attempted 24 passes and only completed nine of them for 123 yards with a TD and an interception. He is a highlight reel waiting to happen, but the Spartans proved last weekend that he can’t beat you through the air alone.
Ryan Broyles hits another milestone: The nation’s best wide receiver blew up against lowly Kansas to the tune of 13 catches for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Oklahoma star wideout now has 326 catches in his stellar career, which is an FBS record. On the year, Broyles has 60 catches (which is more than double the amount of receptions of the second leading receiver Kenny Stills, who has 27 catches) for 815 yards and 9 TDs.
Miami and FSU notch first conference wins: Who would have thought that the ‘Canes and the ‘Noles wouldn’t have ACC wins until mid-October? Both storied programs finally got off the schnide last weekend, when Miami held off North Carolina 30-24 in Chapel Hill, and the Florida State actually held an opponent under 30 points in their 41-16 rout of Duke. It was great quarterback play for each of the Florida schools that was the key to the wins. Miami’s Jacory Harris passed for 267 yards and three TDs, and FSU’s EJ Manuel torched Duke for 239 yards passing with 2 TDs, and another 62 yards and 2 TD’s on the ground.
Russell Wilson adds to Heisman resume: In last weekend’s Indiana game the Badgers’ star quarterback did everything except park the cars and sell the popcorn in Wisconsin’s dominant 59-7 victory over the Hoosiers. Wilson passed for 166 yards and a touchdown, rushed twice for 42 yards and caught 25-yard touchdown pass from tailback Montee Ball on Saturday. On the season, the senior QB is completing 74% of his passes with 14 TDs and only one pick. He has rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns and now has a TD reception to give Heisman voters something to think about.
South Carolina loses Marcus Lattimore: Just days after dismissing senior quarterback Stephen Garcia, the Gamecocks lost their best offensive weapon, sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore for the year with a knee injury. Expect a lot of visor throws from head coach Steve Spurrier in the coming weeks without his top two offensive weapons from 2010. The Gamecocks still have three SEC match ups, and without their bruising RB, they could easily lose four of their final five games (Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and Clemson). With a solid running game, they had a shot at all of those match ups, but the 2011 season looks like it won’t live up to last year’s great season in Columbia.
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Posted on 25 December 2009.
As the new year begins, an era in college football will conclude. On January 1st, the Florida State Seminoles will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Gator Bowl in Bobby Bowden’s final football game at FSU. In this match up, West Virginia will look to gain even more respect for the Big East, but the ‘Noles will be playing for something bigger than themselves, as they will look to send their legendary coach off with a victory in his final game.
College FootBlog will break down this New Year’s Day match up, analyze the strengths and key concerns of each team, and ultimately, make a prediction of this game.
Noel Devine is one of the most exciting RB's in all of college football (google images)
The Mounaineers have a solid running game, led by junior running back, Noel Devine
. Despite being hampered by nagging injuries in the middle of the season, Devine has still managed to rack up 1,297 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
Quarterback, Jarrett Brown
compliments Devine in the running game as well and has rushed for 423 yards himself. They will look to have a big day against FSU’s struggling defense.
Despite having a stout defense against the run, WV’s pass defense has been exposed somewhat this season, ranking 52nd nationally in the FBS
The secondary will have to step up in this game because Florida State spreads the ball around to multiple receivers and backs. Their ability to cover the intermediate routes and screens will have a direct impact on who wins this game.
FSU’s offense has taken another huge step forward this season, averaging just under 422 yards from scrimmage per game. One key component of that has been the leadership and solid play from quarterback Christian Ponder
. Unfortunately, for the ‘Noles, Ponder’s season was cut short with a separated shoulder.
Freshman QB EJ Manuel will need a solid game for the 'Noles to beat the Mountaineers (google images)
Freshman QB EJ Manuel
has assumed that role, and has filled in fairly well in his three starts. The wideouts at FSU are very versatile and any of them can make the big play, but the most consistent of the group has been sophomore, Bert Reed
, who has racked up 710 receiving yards this season.
FSU’s defense has been brutal this season, ranking 110th nationally. Legendary defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews
will need to get his unit to play inspired football, or West Virginia could make it a long day for the ‘Noles.
FSU has had particular trouble with the spread this season, and Devine and company will provide one of the toughest challenges they have had all year.
Florida State Offense vs. West Virginia Defense
Even though Manuel is a young quarterback, he has a lot of weapons around him, and more importantly, in front of him. FSU’s offensive line is the best OL in the ACC
, and the weeks of preparation have given time for All-American guard Rodney Hudson
to get back to full strength.
West Virginia has a unique defensive scheme with their 3-5-3, but FSU’s OL coach, Rick Trickett, who coached there before coming to Tallahassee, will have his line ready to play against them. Also, look for EJ Manuel to hit a lot of screens and short passes early to soften the defense and get him into a rhythm. EDGE: FSU
West Virginia Offense vs. Florida State Defense
West Virginia’s spread attack and the speed of Noel Devine will be tough to overcome. FSU has been vulnerable to the big play all season, and this game should be no different. The ‘Noles have a particularly tough time with misdirection, and the Mountaineers will likely use this to their advantage.
The Mountaineers are not known for their ability to throw the ball, but pretty much every opponent FSU has faced, regardless of talent at QB, has scorched the ‘Noles’ struggling secondary. With that in mind, WV will likely take a few shots down the field. EDGE: WV
We have mentioned how explosive Noel Devine is as a running back, but he is equally as dangerous as a kick returner. The Seminoles, however, have had a lot of success this season against some of the best returners in the country, including Clemson’s CJ Spiller. That is because of the leg of freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins, who has boomed a whopping 23 kickoffs for touchbacks, which is fifth best in the country.
Couple that with the nation’s top punt returner in freshman Greg Reid
, and Florida State’s special teams have truly been special this season. EDGE: FSU
As bad as FSU’s defense has been all season, look for them to play inspired football. It is, afterall, the final game for head coach Bobby Bowden and longtime defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. Also, take into account FSU’s success at the Gator Bowl (5-0-1 all-time), and the ‘Noles will be tough to beat.
Expect a high-scoring game, but ultimately, we think FSU’s offense will have a solid game with all the preparation time, and the defense will do just enough to send Bowden off with yet another bowl win. Score Prediction: FSU wins 33-27
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