Five game-day predictions: Maryland-Florida State

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The crammed last two weeks permitted a review of the pregame picks from Maryland’s games against Georgia Tech and Clemson to slip through the cracks.

So here it is in abbreviated fashion:

There WERE NOT less than 20 passes in the Georgia Tech game (22, actually); it DID take less than 3:10 to play the game (2:55); Joe Vellano DID NOT have 10 tackles (just one); Brad Craddock DID NOT make a field goal; and Georgia Tech DID win.

As for Clemson: The Tigers DID NOT have a 100-yard receiver; Maryland DID throw for less than 100 yards; Brandon Ross DID lead the Terps in carries (along with Shawn Petty); Clemson DID fail to crack 50 points; Clemson DID win.

Now, onto today’s predictions …

1. Florida State will sack Shawn Petty at least four times. There couldn’t be more of a mismatch: The No. 1 total defense against the No. 120 total offense. Maryland will have to throw eventually, and the Seminoles’ stout defensive line should find some success against the Terps.

2. Cole Farrand will have a double-digit tackle day. The sophomore should have a fair amount of chances to make stops at middle linebacker against Florida State’s potent rush defense.

3. Maryland will not reach double figures in points. Even with the return of Stefon Diggs, this will be a slog for the Terps’ offense. It’s tough to see Maryland matching what they did against even Georgia Tech (13 points) or Clemson (10) without some help.

4. Florida State will not reach 40 points. The Seminoles, despite their 9-1 record, have not been a stellar road team. In four games outside of Tallahassee, they’ve scored 30, 16, 33 and 28 points. Don’t expect an especially explosive day from Florida State.

5. Florida State will win. Even if it does struggle offensively, it’s hard to imagine the Seminoles not managing enough to hand it over to the defense by the middle of the second quarter. This shouldn’t be particularly close.

GEORGIA TECH: 2-for-5
CLEMSON:
4-for-5
SEASON:
30-for-50

Patrick Stevens

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