The 2010 ACC Championship Game Gut Reaction Prediction
Posted by William Kristoph
Pardon my elation, but I’m still grinning from ear to ear about the win over the Gators. So, perhaps I’m a little over optimistic about the ACC Championship Game this Saturday night in Charlotte. The way I see it, everything after that 8th win this season is gravy for the Noles, Jimbo Fisher and the rest of us. Beating both rivals in a season is a great feeling and the last time it was done I was still in college. On top of it, Maryland helped us out and the Noles get to play for the ACC Championship? Even my most optimistic season predictions didn’t have that panning out.
I have a feeling of “Why Not?” at this point as I shared with furrer4 heisman over at Gobbler Country via email last night. Sure the Hokies are a better team than everyone on FSU’s schedule than Oklahoma (and that’s debatable at this point), but the Noles have improved a lot since the second game of the season. ACC Champions – Florida State University… why not?
- I watched enough Virginia Tech football this season to know that they’re a very good team. The James Madison loss was part circumstance, part Boise State loss lingering and part VT didn’t have an identity yet. That’s all been corrected.
- Tyrod Taylor, the ACC Player Of The Year is good. Really good and he can run well. The Noles will likely have problems with him.
- VT has great special teams as always. David Wilson can turn the game around quickly and did it twice already in 2010. The Hokies also sport 3 good running backs.
- I feel like a healthy FSU Running Back crew could potentially tear up the Hokies D. The good running teams (Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Miami) tore them up on the ground. The problem for FSU is that Ty Jones is banged up and Jermaine Thomas is out. Chris Thompson is all or nothing a lot of the time, let’s hope he’s ALL on Saturday.
- At this point Seminole fans can expect FSU to play to the level of their emotion and competition. The Noles thumped the Gators and Canes when emotions were high and the talent (if not the play calling) across the field was also high. Saturday the Noles will be very ready to face a talented Hokies team.
- The health of the running backs isn’t great, but the Noles have secret weapon Lonnie Pryor that can pound the ball if necessary… world.
- Dustin Hopkins’ kickoffs and Shawn Powell’s punts need to stay big and I feel like they will.
- Christian Ponder needs to keep finding Rodney Smith and Taiwan Easterling. Good things happen when he does.
- The Noles defense needs to pick the strength and stop it. Then they need to hold on, because VT is going to score there’s no doubt about it. FSU just needs to make sure it’s less than the FSU offense can put up.
The Hokies have all of the pressure on them. This is a team that lost to FCS James Madison University leaving a nasty blemish on a great season. A team that since the loss ripped off 10 wins in a row. A team that doesn’t generally fair well against the Seminoles. The Hokies have a perfect 8-0 record in ACC play this season to uphold. Virginia Tech is SUPPOSED to win this game. If they don’t, it’s a big fat failure for them and Frank Beamer.
On the flip side, the Noles can play loose and free. I feel like win or lose, we’ll see a great and poised effort from Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles. I’m proud to be a fan of the 2010 Seminoles. I’m proud that we get to call Jimbo Fisher our Head Coach, after many folks questioned “not shopping around for another name.” I’m thrilled to enjoy FSU Football again. This is all gravy. Win or lose, the Noles play in a great bowl game. What more can we ask for this year?
How about ACC Champions?
Noles 38 Hokies 34 – Why Not?