Florida State vs. Georgia Tech: Predicting Seminoles' Top Offensive Performers

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback EJ Manuel #3 hands the ball off to running back Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on November 17, 2012 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Saturday night's matchup between No. 13 Florida State and Georgia Tech will determine the ACC champion.

Both teams are coming off losses to in-state rivals. FSU's loss to Florida dropped its record to 10-2, 7-1 in conference play. Georgia Tech's loss to Georgia left it 6-6, 5-3 in the ACC.

The Seminoles boast a staunch defense that should be able to handle the Yellow Jackets' ground attack and lead to an FSU victory.

But it's not all about Florida State's defense, as you'll see.

Here are my predictions for the Seminoles' top offensive players tonight:


Rashad Greene

Green has been quarterback E.J. Manuel's go-to receiver this season.

The sophomore wideout leads the Seminoles in receptions (43), yards (614) and touchdowns (five), despite FSU going with a strong rushing attack this season. 

When the running game is ineffective, Greene is there to pick up the slack, as he did against Virginia Tech, when he hauled in six receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Prediction: Five receptions, 75 yards and a touchdown.


E.J. Manuel

Senior QB E.J. Manuel has been tremendous this season, throwing for just less than 3,000 yards, along with 22 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.

Not only has his 67.4 completion percentage been impressive, but Manuel has also rushed for 235 yards and three scores, adding to FSU's dominant rushing attack.

Manuel should have a good day against a mediocre Georgia Tech defense.

Prediction: 20-of-31, 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 10 rushes, 60 yards.

Devonta Freeman

Freeman is one of many Seminoles doing work on the ground this season.

Three backs—including Freeman—have more than 500 rushing yards and at least five rushing TDs. Freeman has 571 yards and seven touchdowns on just 84 carries, which is good for a 6.8 average.

He's been featured a lot more of late. In two of his last four games, he's rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Prediction: 14 carries, 115 yards, TD


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