Eye on the NFL draft
Running back Cam Akers isn’t the only draft-eligible player starring in a rough start in Tallahassee. Marvin Wilson has the best pass-rushing grade of any defensive tackle with 16 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. He’ll be needed to stop the run against Louisville, but his potential to get to the quarterback could help him become a first-round pick.
Florida State needs to beat Louisville to have a chance at restarting its bowl streak. And to beat Louisville, it needs to stop Javian Hawkins. The freshman is No. 2 in the ACC in rushing (behind Akers). He’ll try to gash a Seminoles defense that allowed 100-yard rushers in each of the first two games before showing improvement in last week’s loss at Virginia.
Knights not slowing down
No. 15 UCF has scored at least 30 points in 29 consecutive games (the longest streak since the AP poll became a thing in 1936). Expect it to stretch to 30. Pitt is decent behind respected defensive mind Pat Narduzzi but has given up at least 30 points 12 times since 2017. One of those 12: UCF, which routed the Panthers 45-14 last year.
Miami’s fab freshman
It sure looks as if the Hurricanes picked the right starting quarterback in the three-man battle. Jarren Williams has yet to throw an interception in three starts, and the redshirt freshman ranks No. 12 nationally in completion percentage (73.1). Expect another big day against a Central Michigan defense that ranks outside the top 100 in opposing passing efficiency.
"It's kind of like going to recess, and they have the first 85 picks,” — Miami (Ohio) coach Chuck Martin on facing No. 6 Ohio State
“We’re 1-2, not 1-8. We have everything in front of us.” — FSU coach Willie Taggart