Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers were scheduled to play the Florida State Seminoles in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game on September 5th in Atlanta, Georgia. The game, of course, was cancelled due to the ACC’s coronavirus-related stipulations for playing this season.
While the Mountaineers looked relatively prepared for their season opener against Eastern Kentucky, Florida State was a mess in their opener at home against Georgia Tech. In new Head Coach Mike Norvell’s debut with the Seminoles, Florida State looked sloppy and out of sync, particularly in the second half.
If Florida State wasn’t ready on September 12th, it stands to reason that they would have been even less prepared on September 5th if they had to play the game in Atlanta against the Mountaineers.
Florida State’s starting quarterback James Blackman, a junior with a lot of game experience, looked confused and panicked in the pocket the entire game, finishing 23-43 for 198 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 2 fumbles and 21.7 quarterback rating.
While Georgia Tech is certainly an improved team, they were 3-9 last season and do not have the defensive front that the Mountaineers have. The Stills brothers would have lived in the Florida State backfield and would’ve had multiple sacks against the paltry Seminoles offensive line if they played.
The Florida State Seminoles are extraordinarily lucky that they didn’t have to play West Virginia because it would have been ugly. After watching both teams yesterday, the Mountaineers were leaps and bounds ahead of Florida State in preparation for their opener.
Prediction if West Virginia and Florida State played: