Miami football opponents have eight players ranked in top 100

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 19: Malek Young
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This is not the same Florida State program that is was early in Jimbo Fisher’s tenure or during the height of the Bobby Bowden era. The Seminoles stumbled to 7-6 last season and barely qualified for a Bowl Game. They rescheduled a game against Louisiana-Monroe after initially canceling it so they could qualify for the postseason.

The Seminoles two ranked players are inside the top 40. Running back Cam Akers who had a lot of hype before last season is 36th and cornerback Levonta Taylor is 29th.

Taylor was impressive last season. No ACC Cornerback played as many snaps as Taylor without allowing a touchdown. That could limit Richards success against the Seminoles. With their deep and talented receiving core, one of the other Miami receivers will need to step up and help Rosier out.

Akers finished his Freshman season with 1,025 yards rushing, seven touchdowns and a 5.3 yards per carry average. He had to share carries with Jacques Patrick who added 748 yards rushing, seven touchdowns and a 5.6 YPC average.

Despite not starting until week five, the game after Miami defeated Florida State, Miami running back Travis Homer nearly matched Akers’ numbers. Homer ran for 948 yards and eight touchdowns. He also added 218 yards on 18 receptions with another touchdown.