GAMEDAY: UF vs. FSU
1) Win the kicking game. Florida has one of the best special teams units in the country. They do an excellent job of winning the field position battle. It's a lot easier to move the ball 40 or 50 yards compared to 80. Florida State will need a huge game from Lou Groza finalist Graham Gano. Gano will be kicking to one of the most dangerous returners in the nation - Brandon James. This could be the deciding factor in the contest this afternoon and if FSU plans to upset the Gators they must play over their heads on special teams.
2) Pressure Tebow. Florida State must make Florida QB Tim Tebow uncomfortable in the pocket. When Tebow has time to set up and throw he's very accurate and he does not hold on to the football for a long time. The Seminoles will need defensive ends Everette Brown, Markus White, Kevin McNeil and Neefy Moffett to apply consistent pressure all game. Michigan, and Auburn did a great job of pressuring Tebow and the result was a victory for both teams last season.
3) RUN the Football. Florida State must establish a running game early and often against the Gators. Florida State will need big games from the young offensive line and Christian Ponder, Antone Smith, & Jermaine Thomas. The run game will open up the passing game for the Seminoles. The magic number is 190 rushing yards. If Florida State is able to get to that number the Noles' chances increase greatly for a victory. By running the football it will also limit the possessions of Florida's explosive offense.
4) Mix up coverages. If Florida State plays their traditional man to man defense against Florida then they will get beat by at least three or four touchdowns. FSU must be aggressive and have a new gameplan against UF. This game will be won or lost at the line of scrimmage but the back seven will all need to step up their games & stick to their responsibilities.
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