Wayne's Fearless Predictions For FSU In 2015

Florida State's season starts in less than a week. How will the season shake out for the Seminoles?

Florida State finishes the regular season 10-2 

Florida State will finish the season with a 10-2 record after falling to Georgia Tech in Atlanta and stumbling somewhere else along the way. 

The second loss doesn't come from Clemson

I don't think that Clemson has the players in the trenches to beat Florida State this year. An undersized true freshman, Mitch Hyatt, will be protecting Deshaun Watson's blind side. They lost three of their top-4 defensive linemen last year as well as two starting linebackers. I don't think they will be able to stop the run against Florida State, and that will ultimately lead to Florida State winning a close one in Death Valley.

Dalvin Cook will rush for 1,400 yards

Florida State will depend on the run more than they have since Jimbo Fisher took over in 2010, and having Dalvin Cook available for the entire season will be a big boost. Cook became the first freshman in Florida State history to rush for over 1,000 yards last season despite playing sparingly over the first five games of the season. Now that he will be the starter for the whole season, barring injury, i expect him to set the record for single season rushing yards by a Florida State running back. 

Everett Golson will be the starter and throw for 2,500 yards and 20-plus touchdowns

Golson is currently fighting Sean Maguire for the starting job, and while Jimbo Fisher has not named him the starter yet I expect him to win the job. Teams will be forced to try and stop the run against Florida State with the combination of Cook, Mario Pender, and Jacques Patrick. That will open up the pass, and Golson has the ability to take advantage of that. Florida State's receivers are very young, but very talented. I expect Golson to grow along with with the receivers throughout the season.

Ja'Vonn Harrison will be the leading receiver (yards) at the end of 2015

Harrison did not make the same impact last season as the other members of the 2014 receiver recruiting class, but he will make the biggest jump. He provides something that the other receivers on the roster, other than true freshman George Campbell, don't. He can stretch the field. He's become far more consistent and has passed Ermon Lane on the depth chart. If he can continue to grow throughout the season I think he becomes Golson's favorite target as the season goes along.

Florida State will nearly double their sack total from 2014

Florida State has made the pass rush a point of emphasis for the 2015 season, and that is exemplified by coach Fisher going out and hiring Brad Lawing, a pass rushing specialist. Jacob Pugh and Lorenzo Featherston have had a year to get acclimated, and the former No. 1 player in the country, Josh Sweat, is healthy enough to play the whole season. You couple that with a very deep secondary, and the Seminoles should be able to get to the quarterback at a much better rate than last season. 

Roberto Aguayo will win his second Groza

Not really a bold prediction as he should have won it last year, but with Florida State struggling a little more on offense this season he will have more opportunities to kick. 

Florida State will get redemption

I mentioned earlier that i think Florida State loses to Georgia Tech during the season. I think that both teams meet again in Charlotte with the Seminoles getting the better of the Yellow Jackets the second time around.

Jimbo Fisher improves to 11-1 against the in-state rivals

Florida is still in a major rebuilding process, and will struggle greatly on the offensive side of the ball. They're extremely thin on the offensive line, and 12 games is a long time to go without at least one player succumbing to injury. Miami will once again struggle in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and they won't be able to run as effectively as they did last season. That will put enormous pressure on Kaaya to put the team on his back. Both teams have pretty easy lead ups to this game. Florida State gets Miami after have a bye and Wake Forest in the two weeks leading up to the Miami game. Miami also has a bye and then Cincinnati in the two weeks prior. This game will come down to the team that wins the trenches, an area that Florida State has a big advantage. 


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