College Football Week 9 Picks: NC State Wolfpack vs. Florida State Seminoles
NC State Wolfpack vs. Florida State Seminoles
Saturday, 10/26/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Florida State -27.5
Current Betting Line: Florida State -31.5
Opening Total: 57.5
Current Total: 58
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
NC State has dropped back-to-back games, including a 24-10 defeat to the Syracuse Orange as 6.5-point home favorites on Oct. 12, while going UNDER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests. The Wolfpack are 11-22 SU all-time against the Seminoles, but they’ve split the last eight meetings, which can’t be ignored when making your college football expert picks. The program has won six of its last 10 games played after a bye week, while first-year head coach Dave Doeren won both of his games following an open date during his time at Northern Illinois. NC State is 4-9 SU and 5-6-2 ATS as a underdog the last two-plus seasons.
The Wolfpack will be facing a top-10 team on the road for the first time since 2005, as they try to put together a strong performance in the Sunshine State, as Doeren has made it a priority to recruit in Florida. Six games into the 2013 campaign, NC State has had five different players lead the team in rushing, as it enters this week as the only team in the ACC with seven 100-yard rushers.
Florida State comes off a dominating 51-14 victory over the Clemson Tigers as five-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the sixth time to start the 2013 campaign. The Seminoles have won 10 consecutive games against conference opponents, with the offense averaging 489.3 yards per game over that span. One of the keys to the team’s success has been its ability to secure the football—leading the nation with just four turnovers through six games. Florida State is 3-0 SUATS at home this season.
The Seminoles are led offensively by the play of quarterback Jameis Winston, who threw for 444 yards last week against the Tigers. Florida State’s defense has held opponents to 20 or less points in 27 of its last 34 games, while it has only given up 20 or more points 11 times in 47 games under current head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Sports bettors will likely back the Wolfpack due to their 20-6-2 ATS mark in their last 28 games following a SU loss.
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