Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys: NCAA Football Week 1 Odds and Picks

Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday, 8/30/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Florida State -17
Current Betting Line:  Florida State -17.5
Opening Total:  63
Current Total:  63
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Florida State Seminoles are 4-0 SU in season openers under Jimbo Fisher
The Florida State Seminoles are 4-0 SU in season openers under Jimbo Fisher

Florida State returns 15 starters from the 2013 National Championship team, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page, especially with 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston under center.  The Seminoles can match a school record by winning their 17th consecutive victory by picking up a win in this spot, as they look to improve upon their 51-16 SU all-time record in season openers.  The program is 4-0 in season openers under Jimbo Fisher—outscoring opponents by a 203-22 combined margin.

Since 2010, the Seminoles points allowed have declined each season, which includes giving up just 12.1 points per game during the 2013 campaign.  Florida State is 14-13 all-time when being one of the featured teams on ESPN’s College GameDay, including a 2-3 mark when playing on a neutral field.  It’s also important to point out that the squad is 22-8 when playing in NFL stadiums over the past 20 seasons, as this affair will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Oklahoma State has proven victorious in nine of its last 10 season openers, which is important to consider when making your NCAA football picks, especially since it has also registered a 15-2 SU record in its last 17 non-conference affairs.  The Cowboys are 1-3 all-time against the Seminoles, but these two proud programs haven’t met since the 1985 Gator Bowl.  College football experts are quick to point out that the team has lost all nine of its previous meetings against the top-ranked squad in the land.

The Cowboys have topped four teams ranked in the top 10 under head coach Mike Gundy since 2008, with the last such victory coming against the Baylor Bears last season.  Oklahoma State has forced at least one turnover in 21 straight games, while it has captured 34 of its last 35 affairs when winning that statistical battle overall.  This year’s roster has 69 native Texans—no school outside of the Lone Star State has more.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cowboys due to the Seminoles being 3-7 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points over the last two-plus seasons.

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