Saturday, January 20, 2018

Florida State vs. Virginia Tech

The quarterbacks will be front-and-center when Virginia Tech and Florida State meet in the ACC title game.

Florida State offense vs. Virginia Tech defense
• The Seminoles are banged-up at running back but are still capable of establishing the run against an average Virginia Tech run defense. Jermaine Thomas has missed the past two games with a knee injury and Ty Jones hurt his ankle last week, but leading rusher Chris Thompson runs hard and makes the most of his blocks. Florida State can keep Thompson fresh this week by getting QB Christian Ponder and FB Lonnie Pryor more touches in the running game. Ponder doesn't have elite elusiveness, but he shows good quickness on designed keepers and makes sound reads when asked to run the option. Pryor is an effective between-the-tackles runner who makes up for his lack of elite power with lateral mobility and vision. The Seminoles can motion Thompson or one of the other running backs out wide in an effort to remove a linebacker from the box when they run Pryor inside, and LG Rodney Hudson headlines an athletic Florida State offensive line that can cover up defenders at the first and second levels.