Win Early Downs on BOTH sides
What I mean by winning early downs on both sides is to prevent predictable passing situations on offense and create predictable passing situations on defense.
I think they will find success on the ground against LSU, but 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. They did it a lot last year by rolling Jordan Travis out of the pocket.
FSU could use Jordan Travis in the run game as well. That aspect can also help the Noles stay ahead of the chains, slow down the pass rush, and create opportunities in the passing game.
LSU struggled in the traditional run game last year, but they’ll have to account for Daniels scrambling, especially on third downs.
That’s when FSU must get off the field on third downs.
We’ve seen Brian Kelly show aggressiveness on fourth downs in the past, so they’ll likely need to be prepared for four down territory if LSU reaches certain parts of the field.