Florida State Betting Odds Preview
The Florida State Seminoles finally won the ACC championship again last year, for the first time since 2005.
Now, as it's been for the last several seasons, the goal in Tallahassee is to get back into regular contention for the national championship. However, after losing half their starters and having 11 players taken in NFL draft, will that happen this year?
Florida State began last year ranked in every top 10, and after a 5-0 start, which included a win over Clemson, reached No. 3. But the 'Noles then gave away a game at N.C. State, blowing a 16-3 fourth-quarter lead, allowing the winning score with 16 seconds to go. FSU then picked up where it left off with another five-game winning streak, but then got upset at home by in-state rival Florida. The Seminoles then won ugly over Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game, then outclassed Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl to finish at 12-2, their best mark since going 12-0 for coach Bowden in 1999. But the 'Noles were not exactly kind to their financial backers last year, going just 5-8 ATS, in part because they were favored by at least two touchdowns in every game but one. They also went 3-6 ATS in conference play and 0-5 ATS as road chalk.
This year Florida State returns just 11 starters, second-fewest in the league. Seven starters are back on offense, led by four of the big boys up front, but only four starters return on defense. FSU will have to replace quarterback EJ Manuel, last year's leading rusher Chris Thompson, the entire starting front four on defense, and two starting linebackers. Fortunately, with two straight top-five recruiting classes, there is talent to harvest. However, the 'Noles also lost a bunch of assistant coaches, including their defensive coordinator (Mark Stoops, to Kentucky), and turnover in that department can have an impact on the field. This year's schedule, though, is very do-able.
FSU has to play at Clemson and at Florida, but gets Miami at home and misses Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech, three of the top four contenders in the Coastal Division. Florida State should be favored in every game expect possibly those two road bouts mentioned above.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 30
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000