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Peach Bowl: Houston vs FSU Odds

The 2015 Florida State Seminoles weren’t grabbing the same sort of headlines as last year’s club in the wake of the departure of standout quarterback Jameis Winston to the NFL, but the ‘Noles weren’t a bad team at all this season. FSU has relied on a strong defense that’s improved as the season went on. The Seminoles are set to face off against the Houston Cougars in the Peach Bowl, and their head coach knows a little something about winning bowl games. Seminoles bench boss Jimbo Fisher is 4-1 lifetime in five bowl appearances.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Houston's last six games.
  • Florida State is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games after consecutive wins.
  • Houston is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games against the Atlantic Coast.

The Cougars offense is one that makes opposing defenses sweat, as the unit finished eighth in the nation in scoring offense (42 points per game) in a season where Greg Ward Jr. came into his own under center.

The UNDER is trending when FSU plays its next contest after a win. UNDER bettors have gotten a pay day in seven of the Seminoles’ last nine games in light of a victory, which is where they stand after topping Florida 27-2 on Nov. 28.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Florida State Seminoles as -6.5-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. Watch for over-under updates and superior underdogs lines at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 36-34 win for the Seminoles. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Houston Cougars vs Florida State Seminoles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Cougars will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Thursday, as they are 8-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Florida State Seminoles are 8-4 ATS. Houston is 5-7-1 against the over under total, while Florida State is 4-8 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Florida State vs Houston injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 20-rated Florida State Seminoles and the No. 11-rated Houston Cougars in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Florida State Seminoles No. 48-ranked offense (32.33 PPG) against a Houston Cougars defense that ranks No. 19 at 20.46 PPG. The Florida State Seminoles passing attack has averaged 244 yards per game, less than the Houston Cougars give up through the air (265.31 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Houston Cougars own the league's No. 13-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 113 yards per game when on the road. Florida State, on the other hand, rates No. 32 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Temple was unable to contain Greg Ward in its last action Saturday and the result was a 24-13 Week 14 loss against the Cougars.

Dalvin Cook went over the 100-yard mark (183) in his team's latest effort as Florida State defeated Florida by a score of 27-2 on Saturday.