2. Capitalize in the Red Zone Offensively
Florida State’s offense had a 100% conversion rate in the red zone going into last Saturday’s contest versus Syracuse. However, the Seminoles’ defense were able to recover a fumble from quarterback Garrett Shrader, which set the offense up at the Orange 5-yard line.
The Seminoles had an opportunity to extend their 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. However, the offense stalled on the first three plays in the red zone and decided to go for it on fourth down at the 4-yard line instead of opting to kick the field goal.
Head football coach Mike Norvell owned up to the fourth down play call decision to go for it in that situation. The good news is that the Seminoles will likely be returning their 6’7” wide receiver Johnny Wilson to their starting lineup, which should ultimately give quarterback Jordan Travis yet another weapon to pair alongside ultra-talented pass catcher Keon Coleman in the red zone.
The Blue Devils’ defensive unit is No. 2 in the FBS at red zone defense where they have allowed their opponents to have a 50% conversion rate in that territory. The Seminoles will need to remain focused down in the red zone and come away with much-needed points when the opportunities present itself.