NCAA Football Preview – Texas State Bobcats @ Florida State Seminoles

NCAA Football Preview – Texas State Bobcats @ Florida State Seminoles

Texas State Bobcats @ Florida State Seminoles

Week One of College Football action continues on Saturday as we’re treated to a weekend full of games. The final game we’ll be taking a look at is the 2015 return of the Florida State Seminoles. They’ll be taking on the Texas State Bobcats in Tallahassee as they seek to return to the National Championship game after just missing out last year.

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The Texas State Bobcats managed to keep up their consecutive season of improvements as the Bobcats pieced together a 7-5 record last season, resulting in a fourth place finish in the Sun Belt conference, amassing 5 of their wins in conference play. They managed to retain 12 of the 2014 starters with a lot of them coming on offence, with the most notable being Senior, Robert Lowe, who will be an efficient runner this season. Most of the losses has been on defence where they’ve seen some of their best defensive players leave the University. Jeff Banks, Mershaad Dillon and Roosevelt Pearson will be leading the charge of this depleted defence this season.

With star Quarterback, Jameis Winston, being the #1 overall pick in the overall draft this year, the Florida State Seminoles will be hopeful they can move from Winston and return to the National Championship game after Winston failed to make the return last year after the winning season in 2013. The ‘Noles went 13-1 last year, losing their only game in inaugural College Football Playoffs semifinal game against the Oregon Ducks. Their undefeated regular season was dominant, but they maybe didn’t live up to expectations, squeezing out wins in some fixtures. They have however set themselves up for success with star Quarterback Everett Golson transferring from Notre Dame. Dalvin Cook will be leading a dominant running offence and Golson will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball with Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph both expecting to have great sophomore seasons. Their weakest units will be their offensive line, which has lost four starters, and the defensive line which lost Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards, but there’s some great potential talent in both positions to fill the voids. The defence of Florida State is absolutely packed with talent and they will be a pivotal team this year as Jimbo Fisher has a lot of depth across the board.

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As mentioned earlier, the Bobcats have been going from strength to strength, and even more so last season, the strength can be attributed to the change of offensive scheme. They opted to implement a more high tempo offence with a slight focus on the west-coast style. This worked incredibly and it is likely we will see more of it again this season, and it’ll be needed against this dynamic Florida State outfit. My concern is the gulf in quality between these two teams, and that’s an even bigger concern with the sheer amount of players the Bobcats lost on the defensive side of the ball. The Bobcats had the benefit last season of a fairly weak schedule which saw them play unranked teams who weren’t close to being ranked all season, and still losing some games by considerable numbers. The biggest crowd they played in front of last season was 41,000, the rest was all under 30,000. Today they play in front of 80,000 fans who are some of the most rowdy in the nation, and playing against one the best Football teams in the nation. I think Texas State will be overwhelmed by the sheer intensity of the game and they will crumble against one of the most talent-packed outfits in the country. I like Florida State to run rampant and cover the large 28 point spread, with the defence putting on a masterclass also.

Dan Glozier.

 

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