Five Questions: Florida State-Florida

Five questions that need to be answered if Florida State is going to beat Florida.

1. Can Dalvin Cook Run On The UF Defense?

Cook has easliy been Florida State's best player this season, and without him the Seminoles likely have a couple more losses. He's the most explosive running back in college football. This Florida defense is very good against the run though. They're the No. 1 ranked run defense in the S&P+ Defensive Rankings, and the third Top-6 defense Florida State will face this season. Cook had mixed results against the other two. Against Boston College in the third game of the season Cook was limited to 58 yards, but against Clemson he torched the No. 1 Tigers for 195 yards on the ground. Will he be able to have the same success against a UF defense that is stout, but has given up big numbers to the two best running backs they've faced this season in Leonard Fournette and Jalen Hurd?

2. Can Sean Maguire Limit The Turnovers?

Maguire has proven that he's not afraid to go out and sling the football around, but against the Gator's ball-hawking secondary that might not be the best idea. Florida's offense has struggled to move the football consistently since Treon Harris took over, and making their lives easier by giving them great field position is not something that Florida State will want to do. Maguire will need to be smart with the football, and take what's there in this defenisve battle. 

3. Can Florida State Contain Antonio Callaway?

Florida's outstanding true freshman wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been very good in big games this season, but hasn't had more than 60 yards over the last three games. This will be the best secondary he's faced all season, and if Florida State can limit his impact the Gators don't have many other offensive weapons. 

4. Can Florida State Get To Treon Harris?

Florida State has played a number of mobile quarterbacks this season, and, for the most part, have done a great job of limiting them on the ground. The Seminoles will be looking to do that against Harris again this weekend. Harris is a great athlete, but has struggle throwing the football this season. Florida State will be looking to keep him in the pocket, while collapsing it down on top of him. The Florida State defensive line, led by Demarcus Walker's 8 sacks, has been very good at getting to the quarterback this season, and with a very banged up offensive line for Florida they should be able to pressure Harris repeatedly on Saturday.

5. How Big Of An Impact Does Special Teams Make?

Florida State has the edge on special teams in every category except punt returns. Callaway is Florida's punt returner and he's averaging 14.91 yards per return and has a return for a touchdown. The Seminoles have the biggest edge when it comes to place kicking. Florida State's Roberto Aguayo is considered to be one of the best kickers in the country, while Florida's kickers have struggled all season. The Gators are just 7/14 on field goals this season, and just 34/39 on extra points. Their main kicker, Austin Hardin, is just 5/11 on field goals with a long of 43. He missed both field goal attempts against Florida Atlantic last weekend as well as having an extra point blocked in overtime. Special teams will certainly make an impact on the game, but just how much is the question.

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