Friday, September 16, 2005Discussing FSU-BC (Part 2)
That is what I like to hear. The Maryland game sounds most appealing. Our staff will give the underneath stuff too. In fact our MLB Ray Henderson is great in coverage. Tackling a RB full of steam? Not so much.
I know he has looked awful but I am worried about Lee more than Weatherford. BC has been able to contain pocket passers. It's the guys who can move who have given our defense fits.
Our QB is a big question mark too. Earlier in the week, I said I wasn't worried about his performance, but now that he has shot his mouth off in the papers doubt is starting to return. Quinton Porter has got all the tools, but in seasons past displayed Rix-like qualities. Maybe not as careless, but certainly getting over anxious under pressure. Where Rix might have thrown a bad pass. Porter often tried to run for the first down...when we needed 20. Is this season's patience and presence here to stay?
Hey, we are pretty far into this exchange and I haven't mentioned our running game. It used to be our bread and butter, but the guys who share the carries now have been unimpressive. They don't have the raw skill to make something out of nothing and often have trouble reading blocks and staying on their feet. I'd be surprised if we get more than 100 yards on the ground.
Everyone's worried about Lee. It's like the coaches purposely dangle Lee in the fan's faces and then go with the underwhelming guy. Now it looks like Lee won't even get in on a rotation. I really don't understand what they are doing with the quarterback situation. Eventually Lee will have to start because eventually FSU will have to go to a spread attack that favors Lee over the more traditional-drop back passer that Weatherford is.
I don't think anyone could be as careless as Rix. I mean it was impossible to do the stupid things he did. Didn't Porter redshirt last season, I tell you after a while you swear the light will just go off in these QBs heads, but it doesn't happen.
If BC isn't running, what exactly are they doing on offense? Going back to Flutie ball?
Porter did redshirt last year. And he has big shoes to fill as Paul Peterson went 11-2 as a starter, was gutty and a crowd favorite.
I hope the light is on and not just flickering. Carson Palmer gives every fan hopes for a QB coming together in his senior year.
I don't see running and don't see long ball Saturday. Buckle up for a lot of short passes and screens. In fact, I think BC will emulate Miami and throw to our Tight End Chris Miller. He doesn't have Olson's (sp? is it Olson or Olsen) speed, but he has reliable hands and will get open. Can a Tight End and some screens be enough? I think so. I like the under (38 points) in this game.
This statement of course leads to the question of why FSU cannot cover the tight end, which is usually followed by why doesn't FSU throw to the tight end. I'm not sure if the coaches realize it is an eligible receiver whether the position is used or not.
I'd say that's a good plan. Right now I'd predict that Miller will have a career game win or lose if they choose to use him. Miami tight ends are in another world. Sheesh, Shockey, Winslow, now Olsen...Damn.
I think the final score will be 17-13, so I'm going with the under too, it seems too risky to think otherwise. I expect FSU to run quite a bit with Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker, probably run to the corners and if they get an early lead, it'll be three yards and a cloud of dust.
I think it will be an ugly game. (Of course Musberger would call it a classic.) I see a lot of field goals. My guess, BC wins 20-13.