FSU's 2006 Schedule: A Look at Miami

The Seminoles kick of their 2006 season on September 4th with the Miami Hurricanes. Renegade Report.com previews the Canes to go along with an early prediction.


Strengths:

Miami still is Miami in terms of having plenty of speed and athletes, especially on defense. Last year Miami allowed the 2nd least amount of points 11.9 points per game. The Canes defense allows a stout 103 yards per game rushing while allowing 148 yards in the air. Miami's defensive is loaded with big-time play-makers, including defensive end Baraka Atkins, defensive end Bryan Pata, defensive back Kenny Phillips and safety Brandon Meriweather. On offense Kyle Wright has a big-time arm and he passed for over 2,400 yards and 18 touchdowns. When healthy Tyrone Moss is load to stop. The 5-foot-9 and 220 pound running back rushed for over 700 yards and 12 touchdowns before tearing his ACL in early November. Tight end Greg Olson, who caught 31 passes for 451 yard and four touchdowns, has a chance to be a high NFL draft pick.

Weakness:

Miami's offensive line struggled last season and the Canes only return one starting offensive lineman in center Anthony Wollschlager. It doesn't help that Larry Coker fired his long-time OL coach Ark Kehoe and replaced him with an inexperienced Mario Cristobal. The wide receivers and running backs also lack a consistent play-maker. On defense, there looks to be a lack of experience at cornerbacks with the graduation of 1st round draft pick Kelly Jennings , Marcus Maxey and Devin Hester.

What Needs To Happen:

In last year's contest, the Noles where able to rush for over 100 yards in the first half but gave up on the rush in the second half. Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden will have to remain balanced on his play calling. Florida State will have to score more points because their will be a slight drop-off on the defense along with inconstancy with the kicking team.

Prediction:

The Noles should win this game by at least seven points despite playing on the road. Quarterback Drew Weatherford, who will probably is the top quarterback in the ACC, has the experience to be successful. With an upgraded offensive line and a commitment to run, Lorenzo Booker and Antone Smith should be able to break off some long run.

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