One aspect of how Mike Norvell and the coaching staff have built its roster showed up in Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. FSU has been rotating players on offense and defense all year to build quality depth and experience to limit the drop off when backups have to come into games.
I believe that’s one reason why FSU has been dominant in the majority of the second half of its games this season. It should pay dividends on Saturday night as the game progresses. FSU has been able rotate their starters in every game, especially on the defensive side.
I noticed Miami still had their starters in the game against NC State when the game was essentially over at 17-6 with five minutes left. Miami’s offensive line is good, but can they stand in the paint for four quarters with waves of fresh guys coming at them?
Can Miami’s defensive front hold up? We saw both sides fade late in the NC State game. Miami failed to get a fourth and one on a run play inside the five-yard that resulted in a turnover on downs.
NC State drove 97-yards on eight plays(six run plays) to put the game away, taking nearly five minutes off the clock. We know FSU gets stronger as the game goes and have knocked several teams out in the fourth quarter, and that’s if Miami can hang that long.