The strength of the Miami team is their defense. They are good against the run and can generate tackles for a loss. The only problem is their offense isn’t good enough to take advantage of the opportunities they create. However, FSU has the better overall defense.
FSU ranks No. 14 defensively via FEI, and Miami ranks No. 25. Miami might have slightly better run defense, but FSU’s pass defense is much better. However, the numbers on FSU’s rush defense gets skewed because they have faced five teams that have run their QB double-digit times.
If we’re talking this game specifically, FSU’s offense matches up much better against Miami’s defense than vice versa. Also, Jordan Travis can always use his legs in the run game, and Miami doesn’t have that at their disposal on offense.
FSU has not allowed more than 24 points all season while allowing only 28 percent conversions on third down.
Miami has only held one ACC team below 20 points in regulation and allowing teams to convert third downs 36 percent of the time.