The Miami Hurricanes will face off against the Florida State Seminoles at home on October 6th. Miami is the superior program in 2018 but this rivalry hasn’t been steady in Miami’s way in quite some time. The Willie Taggart era in Tallahassee, FL has had a rocky start and the ‘Noles will look to get on track against their rival the Hurricanes.
FSU beat the Northern Illinois Huskies 37-19 back in week 4. The ‘Noles might’ve thrown for 352 yards but they only ran for 2.1 yards per carry against the Huskies. Norther Illinois was completely shutdown on offense, being held to 5.2 yards per attempt and only 0.3 yards per carry on the day.
Here are a few plays from that game that could be the key to Miami beating FSU once again.
FSU Goat Hump
This play was a complete goat hump for the Seminoles vs. Northern Illinois. The snap is high, the quarterback stares down his target, then the receiver fumbles the ball over to the Huskies. It’s a microcosm of the FSU season through week 5. If the Huskies can break out the turnover collar (I made that up) then Miami surely will celebrate with the Turnover Chain at some point on October 6th.
NIU uses “6” against FSU
The Huskies use “6” or Mike Leach’s “four verts” option route against FSU. In “6” the outside receivers run down the numbers while the inside receivers run down the hashes. The receivers are tasked with finding space and settling down there. For the Huskies, they find a nice hole against the Seminoles and haul in a big time throw.
Imagine N’Kosi Perry to Jeff Thomas. They key to this throw is the QB’s eyes, he looks to the left hash before firing to the right hash. Perry will have to improve on his eye training and discipline in order to take advantage of a really good FSU defense.
Miami will have to establish the run to beat the Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium. In front of a national audience on ABC, Mark Richt needs his Hurricanes like Shaquille Quarterman to bring their A-game against their biggest rival.
FSU Goes Deep
The Miami versus FSU series has always been about big plays. Either Gino Torretta to Lamar Thomas in 1992, or Horace Copeland’s hurdle catch in 1991. Think back to Sinorace Moss’ screen for a touchdown and of course all those plays Dalvin Cook made against Miami to make Jimbo Fisher look really smart.
FSU will look for the deep ball against Miami’s suspect defensive backs who have given up big plays to LSU and Toledo. Deondre Francois averaged 11.4 yards per attempt against the Huskies but he wasn’t pressured like he will be against Miami. NIU was able to sack Francois twice and end the game with nine tackles for loss. Miami is the nation’s best at tackles for loss and defensive linemen like Gerald Willis III and Joe Jackson will beat the FSU offensive line without Manny Diaz’s undying need to blitz.
If Miami can cover the FSU receivers, Francois will spend more time picking himself up off the turf than throwing the football. If bad teams like Samford, NIU, and Louisville have stopped the Seminoles running game Miami won’t let it move an inch on Saturday.