Florida State plays Louisville at Noon on Saturday, and, while the Seminoles are riding high off the win over Miami, there are still some questions to be answered.
1. Will Florida State Be Able To Run On The Louisville D?
Louisville has one of the top run defenses in the country. The S&P rankings have them as the 21st best run defense in the country, and they are giving up just 3.94 yards against Power-5 opponents. Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has carried this team so far this season, but against BC he was held to just 54 yards on 15 carries and no touchdowns. Sheldon Rankins and the Louisville defense will be looking to duplicate that effort and put the game on quarterback Everett Golson's shoulders.
2. What Does Petrino Throw At FSU Out Of A Bye?
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino is widely known as an offensive genius. He's coming out of a bye week, and needs a win to get the Cardinal back to .500. So what wrinkles does he throw at the Seminoles? The Florida State defense is going to have to be extremely disciplined for this game.
3. How Does FSU Contain Jackson?
Quarterback Lamar Jackson leads Louisville in both passing and rushing this season. He's averaging 6.6 yards per carry on the ground and has 5 rushing touchdowns. He's a much more effective runner than he is a passer however. Jackson is completing just 53.6-percent of his passes and has four interceptions to three touchdowns. If the Seminoles can stay disciplined and keep him in the pocket it could be a long day for the Louisville offense.
4. Will Everett Golson Continue His Upward Trend?
Florida State quarterback Everett Golson seems to be hitting his stride, and continuing that against Louisville will go a long way to getting the win. Against Miami, Golson was particularly effective. He completed 75.8-percent of his passes for 291 yards and 1 touchdown. He has yet to throw an interception this season. This Louisville defense will be a much tougher task than the one he played last week though. Louisville pass defense is ranked 24th in the S&P rankings and there are plenty of ball hawks in the secondary. Louisville has forced 9 interceptions so far this season. Golson will have to continue to be careful with the football, and make the proper reads.
5. Does FSU Come Out Flat?
After a big win against rival Miami, the primetime game on ABC and in front of a sold out Doak Campbell stadium, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team let down a little this week. This is not the opponent to do it against. Despite Louisville's 2-3 record, two of the three losses are to teams that are unbeaten. They lost those two games by a field goal. Florida State will need to come out firing if they want to walk away from this game. If they do come out flat, it could be a long game for the Seminoles.