Game-By-Game Predictions for Florida State's 2014 Season
This program is beginning to reload year-after-year.
So is there a particular game that should scare the Seminoles? Probably not; their biggest opponent will be themselves until the College Football Playoff. I wrote an earlier article explaining the danger of complacency for this 2014 Florida State team.
So not only will I tell you why the Seminoles will coast through its schedule this season, I’ll try to predict the final score.
8/30 vs. Oklahoma State (neutral): 34-10
This game will be a blast for the media, but it won’t be entertaining for long. The Seminoles will be extremely anxious to show why they should be considered the best team in the land again. Expect to see Jameis Winston to continue his dominance through the air and the Seminole defense to turn over the Cowboys often.
9/6 vs. The Citadel: 62-3
No contest. The Seminoles will already be looking ahead to its meeting with Clemson after the first quarter of this game.
9/20 vs. Clemson: 30-17
This game should be closer than expected. Clemson has a great defense that should frustrate Winston early on. All-American defensive Vic Beasley may get a few hits on Winston, but that won’t stop this freight train of an offense. It’ll be smooth sailing from here for the Seminoles.
9/27 at North Carolina State: 59-10
Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett will not be excited to see his old rival lining up across from him when he goes under center. The Seminole defense should tear apart the Wolfpack offense and I expect Winston and his receivers to have a field day in Raleigh.
10/4 vs. Wake Forest: 70-3
Poor Wake Forest. This will be a lot like David vs. Goliath, except Goliath wins big. There’s not much more that needs to be said, as the Deacons will be toward the cellar of the ACC, while Florida State will carry on the torch for the conference.
10/11 at Syracuse: 42-17
A little bit of a fight, at least during the first half. Terrel Hunt will try to make plays for the Orange in this matchup, but he’ll fail. At this point, the Seminoles will be looking forward to the next game by halftime.
10/18 vs. Notre Dame: 48-14
Finally a worthy opponent! Just kidding, the Seminoles will crush Brian Kelly’s Irish in this game. Florida State won’t be ready give up its crown yet, especially to Notre Dame at home. Have you ever seen Kelly absolutely ripping his quarterback on the sidelines after a series? If not, watch this game. It’s pretty funny.
10/30 at Louisville: 41-21
Louisville will absolutely juiced to play this game in front of a home crowd, but that won’t be nearly enough to defeat the champs. Winston will have his way with the Cards’ defense and I anticipate the Seminole defense to slow down everything Petrino’s offense throws at them. I gave Louisville 21 because I think it will get a useless touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
11/8 vs. Virginia: 45-3
Oh my, this will be terrible for Virginia. The Cavaliers are still in rebuilding mode, which is the total opposite situation that Florida State is in. The result, a lopsided result, hopefully the fans will stay for the third quarter.
11/15 at Miami (FL): 38-10
Miami gave Florida State a scare in 2013 in the first half, but the Hurricanes couldn’t hang for the entire game. This rivalry is getting close to what it used to be, but Miami still has a ways to go if they want to catch the Seminoles. Winston will have his way with the Hurricane secondary.
11/22 vs. Boston College: 49-7
Speaking of a scare, the Eagles actually hung with Florida State last season. (48-34!) But despite the Eagles’ performance in 2013, I don’t see how the game will be close this year. Whatever Boston College did to this defense last season, Fisher will see to it that it doesn’t happen again.
11/29 vs. Florida: 31-14
This is a rivalry game, so you never know. What I do know is that the Gators better throw out every offensive play they had in 2013, because it was god awful. But you can expect the Florida defense to show up for this one. Winston struggled a bit last year in this matchup, he’ll be better prepared during his second go around.
2014 Florida State Projected Record: 12-0 (8-0)