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Florida State Aims To Continue Big Ten Dominance In Orange Bowl

Florida State looked shaky with freshman Deondre Francois under center, but the Seminoles won their final four games to get them a date with the Michigan Wolverines in the Orange Bowl. FSU has historically made easy work of Big Ten competition, with wins in its past eight against the conference, but this matchup is far more difficult than any of those.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Michigan's last 20 games.
  • Florida State is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games after a win.
  • Michigan is 3-7 SU in its last 10 bowl games.

Francois has done well for the 'Noles and has looked good when he isn’t constantly getting pressured and hit. The offensive line has struggled in pass blocking all season and that could be an issue against a Don Brown-led defense that loves to bring pressure. The best way to counteract this will be a healthy dose of Dalvin Cook. Cook, who is arguably the best running back in the nation, has been great all season but turned it on to end the season with 720 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in the past five games.

FSU’s defense has been rounding into fine form by holding opponents to 13.5 points per game in the past four, though none of those offenses ranked higher than 70th in scoring offense. DeMarcus Walker and Josh Sweat form the backbone of a defense that led the nation in sacks, with Walker pacing the team with 15.0 sacks.

Losing two of their final three regular season games dampened spirits in Ann Arbor, as Michigan went from the playoffs to the Orange Bowl really quickly. However, the Wolverines are still one of the best defenses in the nation. Brown loves to bring pressure and Michigan recorded 44.0 sacks on the season with Taco Charlton leading the way. Of course, Jabrill Peppers plays all over the field and is arguably the best playmaker in the nation.

The Michigan offense is solid, yet unspectacular. Wilton Speight runs the offense efficiently and accepts his role in a defense-first team. Speight played in ‘The Game’ after dealing with a collarbone injury and performed well, but the Wolverines will want him at 100% because the offense can struggle immensely when the junior is off his game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Florida State Seminoles were 6.5-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at Bovada earlier (watch for line movement). No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to be posted shortly.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pointed to a potential 39-28 result in favor of the Wolverines early in the week. That outcome may change during the week, if injuries alter the models, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Michigan Wolverines vs Florida State Seminoles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Florida State battles the Michigan Wolverines, currently with a 10-2 mark (6-6 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 5-6 for the Seminoles and 8-4 for the Michigan Wolverines. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Florida State vs Michigan injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 27 (Florida State Seminoles) and the No. 3 (Michigan Wolverines) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Florida State's No. 32-ranked offense, averaging 35.25 PPG, against a Michigan defense that ranks No. 2 this week at 12.5 PPG. The Florida State aerial game is averaging 267.58 yards per game, more than the Michigan Wolverines secondary allows through the air, 135.92 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Michigan Wolverines own the league's No. 40-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 155.25 yards per game when on the road. Florida State, on the other hand, rates No. 69 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wolverines suffered a Week 13 loss against Ohio State in their last game, falling 30-27 at Ohio Stadium.

Last time we saw the Gators, they had no answer for Dalvin Cook as the Seminoles rolled to a 31-13 victory at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Michigan is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Michigan's last 20 games
  • Florida State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Florida State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida State's last 8 games

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