Friday, September 25, 2009

FSU - USF Preview: Both Teams Looking For Respect For Different Reasons

[Editor's note: Wooj goes to USF, and will be in Tallahassee for this weekend's USF-FSU game. We figured he should do a little preview for it, so here it is.]

The artists formerly known as the Brahman Bulls will be taking on the Florida State Seminoles in a noon game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. The Bulls are looking to be traveling in herds (see what I did there?) from what I can muster, and there will be an estimated 12,000 fans wearing green inside of Doak. The rest of the stadium will most likely be filled in by FSU fans wearing white as the school as called for a white-out a la Penn State [ed note. PSU does it better, sadly]. Pick your side loyal fans…let’s do battle.

USF is looking to earn respect in the state of Florida and join the Big Three of FSU, UF, and Miami. Coach Leavitt believes that the only door into the Big Three is to beat one of the Big Three. Their last chance to do it was in 2005 when they fell short of knocking off the Miami Hurricanes. USF will be led by redshirt freshman quarterback BJ Daniels in his first collegiate start due to Matt Grothe’s ACL tear that ended his college career. This game will also be a homecoming for Daniels as he played his high school football at Tallahassee's Lincoln High.

FSU is out to show that they are indeed a high-caliber team. They want to attest to college football fans that they are the team that shellacked BYU in their own stadium, and not the team that did not play up to their potential against Jacksonville State (FSU had a short week, and that DOES make a huge difference folks). Many people are putting the 'Noles on upset alert, and they want to try and set the record straight.

There are many storylines leading up to this game, but the dyslexic battle itself is all that matters. One team will move positively towards the respect that they feel they deserve, and the other will simply be left wanting.

Prediction: FSU 27 - USF 13.

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