Why FSU’s Defense Will Be Different Friday Night
Some folks are still not believers in Adam Fuller, and that’s fine. I’m not here to tell you he’s elite, but if you can’t agree the defense has gotten light years better between 2020 and 2021, you have an agenda.
The defense is better coordinated, and they have better players and more overall experience than in the past two years. The strength of the defense is the defensive line.
They are stout against the run(traditional run). They can create havoc but have to find the balance between rushing the passer and maintaining rushing lanes and not losing contain.
The good news is they’ve already faced a mobile quarterback in week one and should be able to correct those mistakes. Look, no defense will be perfect, and Malik Cunningham will make some plays with his legs and arm because he’s one of the better quarterbacks in the conference.
However, I believe the upgrades at linebacker will be the key in the game FSU hasn’t had in the past two years, coupled with better play in the secondary and Louisville not having special players at receiver.
FSU allowed two explosive pass plays for touchdowns in 2021(59 yards and 21 yards). They have shown improvement in avoiding those types of plays over the past 10 games.
Louisville didn’t run it well from a traditional standpoint last season. Louisville passed quite a bit on first down, almost like an extension of the running game. Again, that’s where better linebacker play favors FSU. I also believe Renardo Green is better in coverage than Jarvis Brownlee.