Scouting FSU's Opponents: Week 7

This is a weekly feature on TomahawkNation.com in which we review the performances of each of FSU's upcoming opponents. I will not do game charts for games against D1-AA opponents. All game charts are non-garbage time only.

This takes a lot of work. I hope that your enjoyment of each game increases with additional knowledge of the opponent.

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CU MD
Plays 80 83
Yards/Play 7.2 5.6
CU outgained MD by 29% per play
Field Position Own 41 Own 31

Maryland Blows 18-Point Lead to Undefeated Clemson, Falls in 56-45 Barnburner - Testudo Times
Maryland held a 35-17 lead in the third quarter, but an outpouring of Clemson scoring led to yet another disappointing defeat. Maryland seems to have found its new quarterback in C.J. Brown, who was 17-35 for 177 yards. He was the victim of several drops, so his stat line was better than that. 

Maryland's defense is a bit of a mess as well, obviously. 

The major thing to take from this game is that Maryland really didn't do anything special. Rather, Clemson was really unfocused for much of the game. Boyd threw a pick-6 right to Maryland (one of the worst you will ever see). Clemson also muffed a punt at its own 9. Those were 14 points for Maryland in which MD really didn't have to do a thing. 

Clemson Tigers 56, Maryland Terrapins 45: Stock Report and Helmet Stickers - Testudo Times
Taking stock of Maryland after their close, disappointing loss to #8 Clemson.

The game was not all that close. Maryland did very little to Clemson. Clemson did a lot to Clemson.

-N.C. State and Boston College had byes this weekend. 


UM UNC
Plays 56 80
Yards/Play 5.6 5.4
UM outgained UNC by 4% per play
Field Position Own 34 Own 33

Miami got the ball first, had a solid gameplan, took what UNC was giving, UNC missed tackles and Miami scored. Jacory Harris made some nice throws. UNC fumbles the next kickoff, Miami scores on the next play. 14-0 Canes. A few scores are exchanged, UNC makes a terrible call to kick on 4th-2 from the Miami 2 (enormous tactical error showing a lack of recognition of point expectancy from resulting field position). 25 minutes into the game, Miami is up 27-3 and then the Canes shut it down. Jacory Harris had been lights out. He started getting more erratic. The playcalling had been great. That stopped. UNC had stopped the run all day and Miami decided to try and run out the second half. In the end, this was a very evenly-played game, but Miami definitely shut it down up 24 points. 

Jacory Harris is playing very well now, with no interceptions in 14 quarters. Still, I think FSU matches up quite well against the Canes. It'll be a good game in a month.


GT UVA
Plays 61 64
Yards/Play 4.9 6.4
UVA outgained GT by 31% per play
Field Position Own 23 Own 34

Postgame Wrap: Virginia 24 Georgia Tech 21 - Streaking The Lawn

My biggest takeaway from this game, other than that the upset was rather obvious because Georgia Tech was a huge public favorite, is that UVA has a coach on staff who ran the Georgia Tech triple option as a previous coaching stop. UVA was ready for Tech and it really understood what Tech was doing offensively. Tech was also rather sloppy. On the other end, UVA stuck with the run and Georgia Tech's defense did not come to play at all. Still, I see no reason to think UVA is anything special at this point. They had a specialized knowledge edge in this game and caught an overconfident Tech team. 


UF AUB
Plays 59 59
Yards/Play 3.3 4.7
AUB outgained UF by 42% per play
Field Position Own 26 Own 30

We knew Florida would get crushed by Bama and LSU, but this Auburn game was certainly winnable. And UF's performance may have been its worse offensive performance of the year. This might have been the worst game of the year for the viewer. 118 total plays and 23 total points? Slow death. 

Florida Vs. Auburn, Rapid Recap: Dark Night On the Plains Ends In 17-6 Loss - Alligator Army

Florida's 17-6 loss to Auburn on Saturday night is one of the more dispiriting ones of recent vintage for Gators fans. 

This is not a repeat: Portrait of Florida’s offense at rock bottom, again - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports
I liked this link, showing just how bad UF's offense was. They need Brantley back in the worst way.

And make no mistake about it, the muffed punts hurt. But the proper team won here (see: Auburn outgaining UF by 42% per play). 

Is there a positive here for UF? Sure. The defense was lights out, on the road, against Auburn. This will be a very tough test in the Swamp, provided Jon Brantley is back, of course. 

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