Tonight's matchup between Florida State and Virginia Tech is a battle of teams heading in opposite directions. Florida State has had a solid season at this point and is 8-1 on the year, while Virginia Tech, however, is struggling and sitting at 4-5 on the year. A win by the Hokies could be big for team morale and could turn some heads on the recruiting scene, while a win for the Seminoles would keep them in the drive seat for a shot at the ACC Championship and a BCS birth.
Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington OL Denver Kirkland expects FSU to win easily, 42 to 13.
Noles247 reached out to some recruits to get their thoughts on this Thursday night ACC matchup.
Ryan Hoefeld - OL - New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin (FSU Commitment)
"I got FSU 38 to 14. The offense needs to have a really good game and be able to control the clock and the defense needs to just keep doing what they have been doing."
Marquez White - CB - Dothan (Ala.) Northview (FSU Commitment)
"Florida State is going to win 38 - 14"
Austin Golson - OL - Prattville (Ala.) Prattville (FSU Commitment)
"FSU 31 to 14"
Levonte Whitfield - ATH - Orlando (Fla.) Jones (FSU commitment)
"It's going to be a blow out and I also think they need to keep their composure and score quickly, while the defense almost gets a shutout."
Tyrell Lyons - LB - Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast (FSU commitment)
"This key to the game is just to play FSU football and just play hard the whole time. FSU will win this game."
Freddie Stevenson - LB - Bartow (Fla.) (FSU commitment)
"Florida State will get the win 34 to 13. They will force pressure on Logan Thomas and force a lot of turnovers."
John Franklin - QB - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation (FSU commitment)
"I think 42 to 28 Florida State. The key to the game is control the football and minimize the turnovers."
Montae Nicholson is a Class of 2014 WR/DB with heavy interest in Florida State.
DeAndre Johnson - QB - Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast (FSU commitment)
"I think FSU wins 37 to 10."
Denver Kirkland - OL - Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
"Florida State 42 to 13 over Virginia Tech."
Ryan Switzer - WR - Charleston (WV) George Washington
"Florida State wins 34 - 13."
Trenton Brown - OL - Milledgeville (Ga.) Georgia Military College
"Florida State 36 and Virginia Tech 7"
Kendrick Hair - DE - Orlando (Fla.) Jones
"Well, I would honestly say Florida State is going to come out on top and win by 15. I think EJ Manuel is a key to the game if he can get it going early. It's probably going to be a blow out though."
Anthony Siciliano - QB - Orlando (Fla.) Winter Springs
"I have Florida State winning 28 to 21. Manuel will be key in this game. He should do really well. It's Logan Thomas vs EJ Manuel. Whoever really does better, stays consistent and doesn't turn the ball over will win the game."
Will Likely expects a big performance from Benjamin and Dent, two of his former Glades Central teammates.
Nigel Patten - CB - Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
"I like Florida State tonight 42 to 13. I think Waisome is going to have a good game."
Shelby Spence - QB - Chicago (IL) De La Salle Institute
"FSU 28 to 7. FSU controls the line off scrimmage on both sides of the ball. EJ Manuel has a big day on the ground and through the air for the Noles."
Austin Bland - OL - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
"I think Florida State will blow them out as long as they stay focused and play that Florida State football."
Montae Nicholson - ATH - Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
"It should be a good, close game, but I believe FSU will take care of business."
Rashard Fant - ATH - Fairburn (Ga.) Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic
"I got FSU winning 38 to 17. The key will be which defense plays better and I think FSU's will play great and make a ton of plays."
Adly Enoicy - WR - Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic[/b]
"Florida State is going to come out on top, but I don't really have a score prediction."
Will Likely - ATH - Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central[/b]
"FSU is going to win. Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Dent will make some big impacts tonight."
Malique Belfort - WR - Staten Island (NY) Tottenville
"I got FSU winning and EJ Manuel is going to be great. I got them wining by two touchdowns."
Jacques Patrick - RB - Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek
"34 to 10 FSU will win. James Wilder has a break out game tonight."