2009 FSU Football Gut Reaction Season Prediction
Posted by William Kristoph
Practice is just around the corner, and the first game is Labor Day evening, 8pm against the Canes. That ought to be a high scoring affair if history is any indication (ha!). It’s time for my gut reaction preseason predictions, and I’ll go game by game, but before I do, let me put out there that I think FSU has 8 wins in the schedule this season, not including a bowl game (or ACC Championship game, if that works out some way). When chatting casually about it, I usually say UF is a loss (1), GT is a loss (2), UNC on the road on a Thursday night (3) and take your pick of of losing 1 to the rest of the ACC, USF or BYU. Also, these are gut reactions, so I’ll leave the in depth thoughts until the week of the game, like I usually do. With that said I’ll attempt some game by game predictions:
Win (1-0) – September 7, 2009 – Miami
Blah, Blah Miami is young. Blah Blah, Miami isn’t as talented. Blah Blah. Listen this is a coin toss in my book. The Labor Day matchups with Miami are historically ugly and low scoring. Oh and did I mention FSU’s Lou Groza Award winner graduated? Let’s hope this game doesn’t come down to another potential game winning kick for the Noles. I’m rooting for a comfortable win. FSU 17, Miami 10.
Oh, and just remember, ladies look better in Garnet & Gold, than Orange & Green.
Win (2-0) – September 12, 2009 – Jacksonville State
Filler game that typically is a lot closer than it should be for the Noles. They’ll be playing on short rest after the Monday night game, but they’ll pull out the victory. FSU 20, Jacksonville State 17.
Win (3-0) – September 19, 2009 – @ BYU
Provo, Utaaaaaahhhhhhhhh. BYU is talented and this is another coin toss game in my head because it’s in Provo. The Noles are going to have to run the ball and control the clock to keep BYU from lighting up the Seminole defense in front of an excited home crowd. Noles execute the game plan and win, thanks to a big day on the ground. FSU 31, BYU 24
Win (4-0) – September 26, 2009 – USF
The Bulls present one of those no good for the Noles situations. USF has nothing to lose and everything to gain by beating FSU at Doak Campbell Stadium. Here’s the thing, I have an odd feeling that this one isn’t close, and lot of Green and Gold is going home to Tampa sorely disappointed. FSU 38, USF 20.
Oh and we have this guy to look forward to maybe…
Win (5-0) – October 3, 2009 – @ Boston College
This one is simple enough. The road team wins. FSU 24, BC 21.
Loss (5-1) – October 10, 2009 – Georgia Tech
The number one thing to hate about this game? It will likely be the “blackout” game. I hate the black jerseys, especially since they’ve apparently replaced the all garnet look FSU used to wear against GT. Reason number two? GT’s offense is going to have a field day at Doak, running all over the place, and throwing over the top. GT 31, FSU 17.
Loss (5-2) – October 22, 2009 – @ North Carolina
Thursday night + road game + FSU = FSU loss. UNC 3, FSU 0.
Win (6-2) – October 31, 2009 – North Carolina State
Tom O’Brien’s team should be improved, but not improved enough. FSU 35, N.C. State 19.
Loss (6-3) – November 7, 2009 – @ Clemson
Willy Korn is TOO EXTREME FOR THE NOLES. Dabo Swinney rides C.J. Spiller like the tiger in Harold & Kumar all the way to a bunch of wins, including a home win over FSU. Clemson 27, FSU 24.
Win (7-3) – November 14, 2009 – @ Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons seem to have FSU’s number, but the Noles have to win one occasionally, right? FSU 27, Wake Forest 17.
Win (8-3) – November 21, 2009 – Maryland
Ah, how I love the Terps and their little cockroach of a mascot. I’ll pick a random score here… something like FSU 52, Maryland 31? :)
Loss (8-4) – November 28, 2009 – @ Florida
Tim Tebow completes a 1 loss season with a victory over the Noles. It won’t be pretty for FSU, and Bowden will be back for 2010. UF 45, FSU 21.
So what do YOU think? See it differently than me? Do you see 8 wins or more? Do you see 4 losses, but to different teams? Leave me some comments!