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Houston’s strong run defense awaits Dalvin Cook in Peach

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The FSU Seminoles’ offense will not limp into today’s Peach Bowl.

That offense, for the most part, resides in the legs of Dalvin Cook, who has finally had time to rest that nagging hamstring, which is a good thing for the Seminoles.

It is the key matchup of the game, Cook’s legs against the Houston rushing defense. Cook was sixth in the country this year with 1,658 yards, which clearly makes him the biggest running threat the Cougars have faced. On the other hand, that Houston defense represents one of the biggest threats to Cook that FSU has faced.

Houston’s run defense is 19th in the nation, and its 3.3 average per run is 8th.

On the other hand, Cook leads the nation with a 7.9 average per rush. And he did it against a schedule that included Boston College (2nd), Louisville (11th), Florida (22nd), Clemson (32nd), USF (33rd) and N.C. State (39th).

The Seminoles have let Cook carry the ball more than 25 times only once since September. Still, the Seminoles’ attack will probably surround runs by Cook with deep threats from Sean Maguire.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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