1.) Florida State’s offense actually struggles
I know how absurd that sounds, but I really do believe that the Seminoles are going to have a rough go of things against the Terrapins at home. All of his stats reflect that he performs worse on the road against the same caliber of opponent: His completion percentage drops 4 points, his yards per attempt drops 2 points, and while he has only been sacked 18 times this season, 13 of those sacks have come on the road. And I stress again, against largely the same caliber of opponent.
Who’s to say Maryland isn’t going to pester Manuel on defense into committing a few turnovers and losing his chips? I certainly am not, after seeing his performance the last two games. He has not been completing as many of his passes, and while he may have won both, they were going up against Duke and Virginia Tech, of whom you could argue are as bad as Maryland. The results were that Duke got blown up 48-7, and Virginia Tech lost in the final few seconds 28-22 in a squeaker. Let’s just hope the Terrapins are Virginia Tech.
2.) Brandon Ross will likely get stopped up, but there’s a chance he won’t
I love Brandon Ross’ hard-nosed, keep pushing forward until the entire defense throws you down, running style, but Florida State is tough to run against. With that giant defensive front, no one has rushed for 70 or more yards since week 7, when Boston College’s Andre Williams ran for 104 yards against them. Williams is a very similar runner to Ross in that they are both big guys (6’0 tall) and run hard as hell. Ross will run hard as hell, so why can’t he have the same result?
Of course, when Williams did that, Boston College still lost 51-7…
3.) Shawn Petty will end his career at Byrd 0-2 and will not rush for 100 yards
Shawn Petty has tried his best to keep the Terrapins in games given that he had virtually no work at all at the quarterback position in the offseason, yet was thrust into the spotlight anyway. Well, Petty has yet another tough opponent to go up against in Florida State, and it is perhaps his best one yet. I legitimately do not expect his performance to be anywhere near good, and I fear for his health against Florida State.
Seriously, I do. Because he shouldn’t have to go play against a team that is going to be out to pressure him into terrible decisions. He couldn’t rush for 25 yards against Georgia Tech’s atrocious defense, so what makes you think he could do anything remotely close to that against Florida State? He can’t, and I think the Shawn Petty era will be forgotten as soon as possible after he departs from Byrd later today.