Seven Keys to Victory

With the Florida State and Miami showdown less than a week, The has the seven keys to victory.

1. Limit the Turnovers


Every year and in every game limiting turnovers is always a big-key.  Last year in Doak Campbell stadium the Noles had several key turnovers that led to Miami points, including a Sean Taylor interception return. 


2. Fast Start


It's important for the Noles to get off to a fast start.  Seminole quarterback Chris Rix plays more confident with a quick start.  Expect a lot of high percentage passes early on to build up Rix's confidence before the Seminole senior unleashes the ball down the field.



3. Stop the Run


Last year when the Noles squared off against their cross-state rivals, the Hurricanes were able to establish an effective running game which kept the Seminole defense off-balance.  Senior nose guard Travis Johnson needs to step up to the plate and the young linebackers (Nicholson, McGrew, Davis and Sims) will need to shed blocks to make this happen.  The perfect situation is to get Hurricane quarterback to have to play catch-up by passing the ball.  Last year Berlin had more interceptions (17) to touchdowns (12). 


4. Establish a Running Game


Last year the Noles didn't establish a running game against Canes and it put too much burden on the shoulders of Chris Rix.  Two years ago, the Noles established an effective running attack with Greg Jones against the Canes in the Orange Bowl and led most of the game.


5. Create Mismatches


There is no team that has better offensive weapons on their team than the 2004 Seminoles.  Craphonso Thorpe, Chris Davis, Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker are all big-time play-makers.  The Hurricanes have three new starting linebackers and a big-key is to try and get the Seminole playmakers matched up in space one on one against a young Miami unit.


6. Tackle Well


Miami is a more controlled type of offense with a lot of shorter passes (screens, crossing routes.) Miami has killed Florida State in the past with the crossing routes.  The linebackers and defensive backs much tackle well and not allow the Canes too many yards after catches. 


7.  Attack the Middle of the Field


It's no secret why teams stayed away from the middle of the field because of hard-hitting Sean Taylor.  Well, he's gone and his replacement is not nearly the threat of the former Hurricane All-American.  With experienced cornerbacks, young safeties and a two-deep zone the Hurricanes play, the middle of the field should be open all day long.



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