Each game, we'll get the inside look at Virginia Tech's opponent by talking with the opposing team's beat writer. This week, we spoke with
He's completing 70 percent of his passes this season with 16 touchdowns against just four interceptions. To split hairs further, two of those interceptions were completely bobbled by receivers into the hands of defensive backs. He could leave as the most accurate passer in ACC history and is second in the league in total offense to Clemson's Tajh Boyd. Off the field, Manuel is the team's unquestioned leader. So I think it's hard for the 'Noles to ask for much more from Manuel this season.
There's nothing else we've seen all year from FSU that would suggest it was capable of losing a game like that, so while the year isn't over yet, it's feeling more and more like an anomaly. I will say this - Virginia Tech will be the best defense the Seminoles have played to date in the toughest environment to date, so it will be interesting to see how the FSU offense reacts, especially early on. FSU struggled late on the road vs. N.C. State and very early on the road at Miami before overwhelming the 'Canes. But that's something to keep an eye on.
As for noise, I know FSU has been pumping in noise at practice to get a taste of what Lane Stadium will surely offer. When it comes to VT's struggles, especially given the N.C. State loss, Florida State isn't focused on that at all. The players seem aware of the talent on the VT roster and are ready for whatever the Hokies can offer. I don't think they are reading into records very much.