Saturday, October 15, 2005FSU-Virginia
The Game: For a couple of years this was the premier matchup in the ACC and last year it was thought to be huge as well. However FSU's dominance over Virginia has given the game a reputation of having more style than substance.
The Players: Probably the three best offensive lineman in this game will be out. FSU lost Matt Meinrod for the season last week while Virginia will be without Brad Butler due to a suspension and D'Brickashaw Ferguson with an injury. Both teams are also banged up on defense.
The Numbers: FSU is 12-1 against the Cavaliers since the Seminoles joined the ACC but everyone only seems to remember the one Virginia won. Most of the others haven't been very close.
The Line: Opened at FSU -7 and is anywhere from -6.5 to -7.5 depending on where you look.
The Forecast: FSU has beaten Virginia by running the ball VERY well. Whatever running plays they call it works like magic against the Cavaliers' 3-4 defense. I expect Virginia to start strong though and their athletic linebackers could cause an early disruption to FSU's short passing. In the long run, the Noles as a better team.
The Pick: FSU 27, Virginia 14