Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday, 8/30/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Florida State -19
Current Betting Line: Florida State -19
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of 5Dimes
Since the 1999 campaign, the defending national champion has captured all 15 season openers by an average of 31 points, which makes Florida State worth a look on the college football odds page. The Seminoles also return 13 talented starters, including Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who threw for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns a season ago. It’s important to point out that the program is 20-4 SU in road/neutral openers, but it has split its last four contests in that situation. Florida State is 5-1 ATS in its last six non-conference games.
The Seminoles had the nation’s best offense and best defense in 2013, which will make them one of the more popular college football picks in Week 1. Wide receiver Rashad Greene will be Winston’s main target in the passing game, as he’s just 42 receptions away from breaking the school’s all-time record in that statistical category. Florida State has garnered a perfect 4-0 SU record in bowl games under head coach Jimbo Fisher, but he’ll need some underclassmen to step up defensively with the loss of its three top tacklers.
Only six Oklahoma State players have started 10 or more career games, but the school has proven victorious in nine of its last 13 regular season non-conference away/neutral games. Cowboys signal-caller JW Walsh is expected to lead the offense after throwing for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions, while running back Desmond Roland will be the focal point after accounting for more than 900 yards of total offense in 2013. Oklahoma State has gone OVER the total in seven of its last nine non-conference affairs.
On the defensive side of the ball, departed seniors accounted for 78 percent of the Cowboys’ tackles, 73 percent of turnovers forced and 87 percent of forced fumbles. Oklahoma State will have a hard time reaching last year’s 10-3 mark, considering it was plus-15 in turnover margin.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 6-0 in the Seminoles’ last six games on a neutral field.
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