Stepping up in the bowls: Florida State

Last week I started looking at who needs to "step up" for each bowl-bound team, and will continue today with the Seminoles. Florida State has a tough challenge in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against SEC East champ South Carolina. The Noles have a chance at the program's first 10-win season since 2003.

In order for that to happen, who needs to step up?

Florida State's defense: The Seminoles are coming off an unimpressive performance in the ACC championship game in which they allowed Virginia Tech 44 points, 442 total yards and no turnovers. Their biggest collapses, though, came on third down, when the Noles allowed the Hokies to convert on 13-of-18. That won't fly against a South Carolina offense that features two elite players in running back Marcus Lattimore and receiver Alshon Jeffery. Lattimore ranks second in the SEC to Heisman winner Cam Newton with 1,198 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Jeffery set single-season school records for receptions (79) and yards (1,387). Even if FSU can get its running game going against the Gamecocks' stingy run defense, it won't be enough if the Noles can't come up with more stops than they did against Virginia Tech.