Virginia Cavaliers (4-5) at Florida State Seminoles (8-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 8, 2014, 6:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -20 -- Over/Under: TBA
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Florida State to play the Seminoles on Saturday night.
The Virginia Cavaliers dropped to 4-5 after losing at Georgia Tech 35-10 last weekend. The Cavaliers have lost three straight games against Duke, North Carolina, and now Georgia Tech. Virginia has held their opponents to an average of 24.2 points per game, which ranks 51st in the nation. The Cavaliers defense looked great early on in the season but in their last three games they have given up 20, 28, and 35 points. The Blue Devils offense is not clicking on all cylinders right now after scoring at least 20 points in their first six games. QB Greyson Lambert has thrown for 1,055 yards with 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions for the Cavaliers this season. WR Darius Jennings has caught 20 passes for a team high 421 yards this season, while WR Canaan Severin has a team high 3 touchdown catches. RB Kevin Parks is the most consistent player on this Virginia squad. Parks has rushed for 626 yards and 4 touchdowns, while catching 24 balls for 139 yards and 2 more scores. Virginia will look to knock off the defending national champs on the road; the Cavaliers fourth road game of the season. Virginia has lost all three of their games away from home in 2014.
The Florida State Seminoles stayed a perfect 8-0 with a win over Louisville 42-31 last week. The Seminoles have quality wins over Oklahoma State, Clemson, Notre Dame, and now the Cardinals. Florida State needed another comeback to beat the Cardinals, trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half and 14 at halftime. The Seminoles defense allowed 488 total yards, but forced two turnovers in the win. On the season, Florida State is allowing an average of 22.8 points per game, which ranks 42nd in the country. The Florida State offense gained 574 total yards and converted 9 of 16 on 3rd down against the Cardinals. The Seminoles did turn the ball over three times and committed 7 penalties for 53 yards. QB Jameis Winston passed for 401 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. TE Nick O’Leary caught a team high 6 balls for 76 yards, while RB Dalvin Cook carried the ball 9 times for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Seminoles are averaging 38.4 points per game, which ranks an impressive 15th in the country. Florida State will play their sixth home game of the season at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday under the lights.
Florida State has won five of the last seven meetings with Virginia, however; the Cavaliers won the last meeting in 2011 14-13 at Florida State. Florida State has not made things look easy, but they find a way to win led by Winston. Virginia has the potential to compete with the elite in the ACC in the next year or two, but they don’t have what it takes to knock off the Seminoles on Saturday. What Virginia does have, is the ability to keep this game close. Florida State has Miami on deck and I think the Seminoles will come out a little flat and pull away late. I’ll back the road dog here.