Miami Hurricanes vs Florida State 5 things to watch

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Can the Florida State offensive line block the Miami front seven

No defense in the country has been better at penetrating into their opponents backfield than the Miami Hurricanes. UM leads the country with an average of 12 tackles for loss per game. Florida State is 123rd at allowing TFLs per game with an average of 8.6 allowed per game.

It’s hard to imagine either of those changing. Miami has not been as good rushing the quarterback this season as they were in 2018. Florida State has two new starting left tackles for the game against the Hurricanes. Its a tough assignment to have to block Joe Jackson and Jonathan Garvin on the outside in your first start.

It’s going to be very difficult for the Seminoles to give their new tackles much help with Gerald Willis in the middle. Willis might be the best defensive tackle in the country this year. Willis is tied for third in the country with an average of 2.1 TFLs per game. He has 10.5 total which is tied for the lead nationally.

Garvin is also among the national leaders in TFLs. The Sophomore defensive end has 9.5 TFLs for an average of 1.9 per game. That places him 11th in the country.

Jackson was named the national defensive player of the week for his play against North Carolina. The Junior had five tackles, one TFL, a sack, an interception return for a touchdown, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles.

Much like Clemson when you face the Miami front four its tough to double them because of the depth of talent up front.