Win Early Downs on BOTH sides
Here’s an excerpt from the original post:
"However, the Noles will need to prevent getting behind the chains early, and we could see them throwing on first down to keep the LSU defense honest against the run. I asked a question earlier regarding how much Jordan Travis will run the ball. That aspect can also help the Noles stay ahead of the chains, slow down the pass rush, and create opportunities in the passing game."
We did see FSU throw more on first down to break tendencies, but we didn’t see Jordan Travis run near as much as I thought. Futhermore, FSU didn’t do a great job of winning early downs as they found themselves behind the chains several times.
However, they were able to overcome most of those situations and prevent third and forever scenarios. That was key in helping them convert so many third down opportunities (11 of 17).
LSU had eight offensive possessions(really seven not counting the one right before halftime), and FSU forced two three and outs, which were huge. The Noles only had one three and out in the game.