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Is Florida State On Upset Watch In Independence Bowl?

Nearly everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for Florida State this season. From starting quarterback Deondre Francois being lost for the season in their first game to Jimbo Fisher bolting to coach elsewhere. After preseason aspirations of a national championship, the Seminoles find themselves in the Independence Bowl against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

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  • Southern Miss RB Ito Smith has rushed for 453 yards and 6 TDs in the last 3 games.
  • Florida State is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 bowl games.
  • Southern Miss is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games.

The Seminoles started to round into form during the second half of the season, as the team won four of its last five while averaging 39.6 points per game. The chase for a bowl game was exciting and FSU has now made it to the postseason for the 36th consecutive year; you need to wonder if the program even cares about the game itself.

Southern Miss is not a bad team by any stretch, as three of its losses came against teams that are bowling while the fourth came on the road vs Tennessee. The Golden Eagles’ trio of playmakers have been red-hot lately with quarterback Kwadra Griggs, running back Ito Smith and receiver Korey Robertson propelling the offense to 45.7 ppg in their past three.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Florida State Seminoles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Florida State will face the 8-4 Southern Miss Golden Eagles, who own an 8-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Florida State Seminoles are 5-7 so far this season while the Golden Eagles are 6-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Florida State vs Southern Miss injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 84 (Florida State) and the No. 38 (Southern Miss) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Florida State's No. 89-ranked offense, averaging 25.27 PPG, against a Southern Miss defense that ranks No. 40 this week at 23 PPG. The Florida State aerial game is averaging 192.18 yards per game, more than Southern Miss secondary allows through the air, 189.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Golden Eagles feature the league's No. 37-rated road run defense, allowing 150.67 yards per game. Florida State, meanwhile, ranks No. 40 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Marshall was unable to contain Ito Smith in its last action Saturday and the result was a 28-27 Week 13 loss against the Golden Eagles.

Jacques Patrick went over the 100-yard mark (155) in his team's latest effort as Florida State defeated Louisiana-Monroe by a score of 42-10 on Saturday.