There’s no question that the Florida State offense has taken the college football world by storm this year. The ‘Noles are basically dominant in every facet of the game on that side of the ball, in every game. So far, no one has been able to slow them down, much less stop them.
This week, the Miami Hurricanes’ defensive unit will be next up to give it their best shot and do what no one else has been able to do thus far.
Let’s take a quick look at this group that will be inside Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday evening trying to accomplish this feat:
Passing Yards Allowed: 200.6 YPG (17th)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 141.7 YPG (39th)
Total Defense: 342.3 YPG (18th)
If the Hurricanes are going to have any chance to win this game whatsoever, this is the unit that needs to make that happen. They need to be focused on any kind of mistakes that the Florida State offense may be prone to make and they need to capitalize on them.
Obviously at this point, the key for anyone stopping FSU is containing Jameis. The strength of this defense so far has been the secondary and it’s evidenced by that passing yards per game stat above. But on Saturday, we’ll find out a lot more about that Miami secondary since they haven’t faced a QB this season near the caliber of Winston, nor the wide receiver group.
What we’ll also see is if the ‘Canes are smart enough to figure out what not to do against Jameis and that’s blitz. Whatever the reason so far, teams have not gotten the hint that blitzing is what Jameis thrives off of. He handles the pressure like a professional and is able to make things happen down the field because of it.
This unit for Miami needs to be the smartest on the field Saturday night, or things could get out of hand in a hurry, just like we’ve seen for other defenses so far this year that weren’t ready to handle the FSU offensive onslaught.