FSU football has a chance to make a statement on a national stage Sunday night when they take on the LSU Tigers in prime time.
A win Sunday night, coupled with Louisville and NC State looking like crap in their season openers would change expectations for the remainder of the season.
I feel confident in several areas for the Noles. However, the game has to be played, and we’ve already seen some unlikely things happen in the young college football season.
Here are three BOLD predictions for the Noles against the LSU Tigers.
FSU will rush for over 200 yards
LSU allowed teams to average 3.90 yards per rush in 2021. They’ll be facing a trio of talented running backs with a knack for hitting explosive runs. Not only that, but I expect Jordan Travis to have no fewer than 13 carries himself. That’s the least amount of times he carried the ball in the final three games of 2021. FSU will run it a lot, which accomplishes too things. It keeps the LSU offense off of the field and slows down the LSU pass rush as it gets later in the game. Think of it like body blows to an opponent early in the fight and then go to the head in the later rounds to take him out.
FSU will allow fewer than 400 total yards of offense.
I don’t expect LSU to have much success running the ball in the traditional sense. I’d be surprised if they have more than 150 rushing yards unless Jayden Daniels gets loose for a couple of long runs. That means LSU will have to air it out and I’m don’t think Daniels is the passer some folks believe. FSU deserves to lose this game if they allow him to throw for 250 yards with a high completion percentage. I think the pass rush gets to him more times than not behind an LSU offensive line with experience playing together.
Mycah Pittman will shine against LSU
As I mentioned, I expect LSU to play a lot of zone, and the one guy built to eat that zone alive is Mycah Pittman. He has the tools and experience to find holes to settle in to give the LSU secondary fits. Pittman looked good against Duquense and I expect that to continue against the Tigers. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him have 5 or more receptions.
I like the confidence Jordan Travis has coming into this LSU game. It’s a perfect opportunity for him to announce himself to a national audience. He’s a perfect example of getting results when you put the hard work in to see your dreams come true.
If he plays calm and doesn’t turn the ball over? I think FSU could be too much for an LSU team looking to establish an identity under a new coach. Thankfully, we’ll find out a lot about both of these teams in a few hours.