VTF: Questions with Tomahawk Nation
Bud Elliott, "Chief" of Tomahawk Nation, the highly successful Seminoles blog at SB Nation, took the time this week to answer a few of our questions in relation to Saturday's game in Provo. So thanks to Bud and enjoy his valuable insights below...
"1. What will the Seminoles' general game plan be for stopping Max Hall and BYU's versatile passing game?
It's a major concern. I have a ton of respect for BYU's attack. As with any Air-Raid based attack, you have to pick your poison. I anticipate that FSU will press and blitz, which means BYU must go deep. Hall seems to be very accurate generally, but I haven't seen him throw the deep ball with accuracy (not the lob pass, but some of the deeper tough stuff). The NFL draft scouting reports also express skepticism over Hall's ability to threaten teams by driving the ball deep. So press and blitz. It's a high-risk, high-reward strategy. It's also high variance, a strategy favoring underdogs.
FSU has CBS' #1 CB prospect nationally in Patrick Robinson, which should help. I have no doubts that he can shut down Jacobson. If BYU is going to throw on FSU, they will have to do so with their secondary wideouts, TE's and backs. One thing I don't anticipate is FSU playing a lot of zone. FSU doesn't play a good zone, and Hall looks like really plays well against zone defenses. Additionally, BYU's guys are unreal at sitting down at the holes in zones. So hopefully there won't be much zone. I just can't see FSU letting BYU move down the field in 5-10 yard dink and dunk passes. I have worried about covering Pitta and the other TE (George) [because] he did look good on film. FSU has traditionally been burnt by tight ends that they forget about. Pitta will get some, but I worry about the #2 TE more. Expect FSU to treat Pitta as a wideout."