Quarterback: Senior E.J. Manuel leads this offense. A former five-star prospect coming out of the state of Virginia, Manuel's had a very solid career at Florida State. In two plus seasons as the starter he's only lost five games. He's completing a high number of passes this season and his TD/INT ratio is 18-4 going into this game. He's a big kid, he's very athletic, and has the arm strength to make all the throws.
Running Back: The Noles use a three-headed attack at the running back position and they're led by senior Chris Thompson. While he's not the biggest back around, he's definitely one of the most explosive. He makes a lot of people miss and is averaging almost eight yards per carry. He's also very dangerous as a pass-catcher. James Wilder is the big back who will take the short-yardage carries and 2011 starter Devonta Freeman, a former Miami prep standout, will also carry the ball.
Wide Receiver: The Noles go five deep at this position with players who have caught at least 16 passes. None really stand out above the rest, though, as they're all similar in ability. Kenny Shaw has been the most productive of the group so far this season. They have a pair of 6-foot-5 players here -- Kalvin Benjamin and Rodney Smith -- who can do a lot of damage over the middle and down in the redzone.
Tight End: Nick O'Leary was a five-star recruit a couple years ago. The former Palm Beach County standout strongly considered the Hurricanes before choosing FSU. He's the main guy at tight end and has caught 11 passes and one touchdown so his production numbers aren't really that much different than those of Clive Walford this season. Still, he's a talented weapon and is the player who made a nice recovery on Miami's onside kick attempt to end last year's game.
Offensive Line: The left tackle, Cameron Erving, was playing on the defensive line last season. At 6-foot-6, he has a tremendous skill set though and is just a sophomore. Left guard Josue Matias was heavily recruited by Miami coming out of a New Jersey high school a couple years ago. This group averages 6-foot-5 plus and about 320 pounds so it's a massive unit that does a nice job creating space in the running game. They're giving up 1.57 sacks per game with an athletic quarterback but the Hurricanes have been really struggling trying to apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks this season.