TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s picture-perfect in Florida’s state capital, probably as ideal as you can imagine.
Whether people are excited to see a 3-3 Florida State team play 2-4 Maryland is another matter.
In any case, here’s five things to keep an eye on as today’s festivities proceed.
1. Maryland will not run for 100 yards. Only two of Florida State’s opponents have cracked the 100-yard barrier for the game: Oklahoma and Wake Forest. Even though the Terps have possessed a capable rushing game, they’ll struggle against the Seminoles’ strong defensive front.
2. C.J. Brown will lead Maryland in rushing for the third time in four weeks. What was made abundantly obvious the last two weeks is Terps quarterback C.J. Brown is a plenty capable rusher. He’ll break loose a few times against the Seminoles, though he won’t get close to the 162 yards he hung on Clemson a week ago in part because Florida State will be better prepared for the zone reads Maryland thrived on last Saturday.
3. Davin Meggett will reach the 2,000-yard plateau for his career today. It won’t be hard to be correct; Meggett needs only three yards to become the 11th player in school history to get to 2,000 yards.
4. Florida State will roll up 450 yards or more. Maryland has allowed at least 367 yards in all six games to date, but more than 400 only twice (West Virginia and Clemson). The Seminoles have the goods to join that company today.
5. Florida State will win by multiple possessions. Maryland has never won in Tallahassee, but at least has kept things relatively close in its last three trips to Florida State. This one has a chance to get a little more out of hand. The Seminoles are better than their 3-3 record, and are poised for an extended run during the second half of the season.