Florida State gets another shot at knocking off an unbeaten Top 10 ACC team this week

Rachel Wenzlaff

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 7 Miami (FL)

The Seminoles were victorious in the last matchup of undefeated ACC teams when they stomped Clemson, 51-14, and are hoping to do it again to Miami. For the Hurricanes to make sure that doesn’t happen, they’re going to have to accomplish what no other team has so far — contain Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston. He has completed 69.9 percent of his throws, racked up 2,177 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes. But those stats were earned against teams with secondaries not nearly as talented as Miami’s, and the Hurricanes also have a solid pass rush. Where Miami could really struggle is at the quarterback position. Morris has thrown eight interceptions, including six in the last three games.


No. 23 Michigan vs. No. 24 Michigan State

Michigan State is heading into this game with momentum from its 39-point domination of Illinois. The Wolverines had last week off, which could also be an advantage, but their offense has to be wary after seeing what the Spartans defense brings to the table. The Spartans defense is one of the best in the nation. Michigan will have to keep its offense consistent and strong throughout to have a chance to compete. Despite scoring 42.4 points per game, the eighth-most in the country, the Wolverines offense has had a spotty history. One slip-up here could cost the game.


No. 18 Oklahoma State vs. No. 15 Texas Tech

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf’s sloppy performance against Iowa State last week may have actually been productive for the Cowboys. It gave their offense a chance to prove that they have a running game that can perform in crucial situations. They ran for 342 yards while Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the year, losing to Oklahoma, 38-30. In recent years, the Cowboys have had a history of demolishing the Red Raiders. With this in mind, along with their loss against the Sooners still fresh, the Red Raiders are looking for redemption. Look to Texas Tech’s quarterback Davis Webb to lead its high-powered offense to the end zone early and often.


Florida vs. Georgia

This battle of two teams that fell from grace is pretty evenly matched. Both teams are hoping to end multiple-game losing streaks and are trying to turn disappointing seasons around. The Florida offense has hit a wall, averaging 21.1 points and 336.9 yards per game while committing 13 turnovers. Although the Gators have been slacking on offense, their defense has stood strong. Georgia can blame their fall partially on its long list of injuries. The Bulldogs running attack becomes less and less intimidating as the injury list grows, but running back Todd Gurley should return and kick up some serious dirt if he does.