Kirk Herbstreit identifies key matchup in Florida State-Duke game
Kirk Herbstreit broke down Florida State’s top-25 showdown with Duke on Saturday’s edition of College GameDay in Columbus.
Herbstreit identified the key matchup as Florida State’s offense vs. Duke’s defense. Both of those units have been elite so far this season. FSU’s offense is averaging 7.02 yards per play, which ranks second in the ACC. Duke’s defense, on the other hand, allows just 4.44 yards per play.
“To me, it’s about Duke’s defense against Jordan Travis, Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson,” Herbstreit said. “Right now, Jordan Travis is having a monster year. He’s creating plays, throwing the football downfield. Keep in mind, Duke has only allowed three touchdown passes all year. It’ll be a good challenge.”
Travis has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country so far this season. He has 13 touchdowns and just 1 interception in 2023 while leading FSU to its first 6-0 start in nearly a decade.
Duke’s defense has showed up in huge moments this season. The Blue Devils defeated Clemson back in Week 1 thanks to a standout defensive performance. They nearly did the same vs. Notre Dame a few weeks later.
Breaking through Duke’s defense will be a huge test for Florida State, who is coming off of a blowout win over Syracuse in Week 7. Wilson, who missed that game against the Orange, is expected to suit up on Saturday alongside Coleman and FSU’s other star playmakers.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.