2019 Football Preview – ACC – Seminoles
Looking for 2019 Florida State Seminoles predictions? The Seminoles have gone from elite to interesting. Last year was a terrible season for the progam and this year is expected to be much better. That is relative though as there are still concerns about the offensive line and the general direction of the program. There is still a good amount of talent in Tallahassee though.
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Head Coach: Willie Taggart
2018 Record: 5-7
Florida State Seminoles Odds to win the 2019 FBS Championship: 300/1
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I do not see the Seminoles making a big leap this season. They can be better but that is not saying a ton.
2019 Florida State Seminoles Predictions: Team Strengths
Leading With Defense: Given how bad they were on defense a year ago there is lots of room for improvement. They are returning 8 starters on that side of the ball too. Hamsah Nasirildeen was not even a starter last year and he led in tackles.
Junior noseguard Marvin Wilson is first team all ACC coming into the season and one of the best at that position in the country. The run defense was decent last year.
Jaiden Lars-Woodbey is just a sophmore and looks like the next great FSU defensive back. He has the size to play like a linebacker and speed to disrupt..
Junior CB Stanford Samuels III had four interceptions last season. The secondary was torched in some games last season but they can be better. They will have to be.
Commitment to Running the Ball: The loudest story of 2018 was how bad the offensive line play was for FSU. They are going to be committed to correcting that and I am confident that things get better.
Cam Akers was one of the most sough after recruits in the nation and when the line gets right we will finally see why..
Coach Taggart has been most successful when he has had strong running games. That is the goal here and they will get there this season.
2019 Florida State Seminoles Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Is the QB Situation Good Enough: DeAndre Francois is a memory but he was supposed to be the next good/great FSU QB. Now they have James Blackmon and Alex Hornibrook.
Blackmon p[layed a lot more two years ago and has had his moments but he is slender and will not be able to handle getting hit like the QBs did a year ago.
Hornibrook never found his place at Wisconsin. I am not sure it will be any different at FSU. He does have experience though.
Even though I expect the running game to improve a lot Istill have reservations about the offensive line in general. This is not going to be an elite unit. Just better.
There are only two returning starters from a year ago on the line, both guards. That bodes well for the ground game more than the passing attack.
Hornibrook has a little wiggle but Blackmon not so much. Also, if they want to go deeep to Tamorrion Terry they need to give either QB some time.
Florida State Seminoles Prediction: 8-4
I have to to think that 2018 was rock bottom for FSU, or there equivalent thereof.
The most interesting game on the scheudle might be the opener against Boise State. The Broncos are always ready to play.
In the ACC i see losses to both Clemson (for sure) and Syracuse (very likely). If they are on the up and up then they get more of the 50/50 games in conference then they have in the recent past.
This season will be a real test of Taggart and whether he can succeed in a big time program. I am not totally sold but there will be more wins so he lives to fight another day.
2019 Florida State Seminoles Football Schedule
Date Time vs
- 8/31/19 7:00 PM ET BSU
- 9/7/19 5:00 PM ET ULM
- 9/14/19 7:30 PM ET @UVA
- 9/21/19 TBD LOU
- 9/28/19 TBD NCST
- 10/12/19 TBD @CLEM
- 10/19/19 TBD @WAKE
- 10/26/19 TBD SYR
- 11/2/19 TBD MIA
- 11/9/19 TBD @BC
- 11/16/19 TBD ALST
- 11/30/19 TBD @FLA
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