Florida State vs. Oklahoma State Spread Picks & Score Prediction Week 1
The 2014 season kicks off for the defending National Champions in Arlington, where the Florida State Seminoles will square off with a really quality foe in the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
FSU, a team which was dominating for bettors last season on the college football betting lines, is -17.5 to start the season, while the ‘total’ chimes in at 63.
FLORIDA STATE – OKLAHOMA STATE WEEK 1 ODDS:
1. Why FSU will cover the spread: Why wouldn’t Florida State cover the spread? The Seminoles went 11-3 ATS in their perfect 14-0 season, and if you take out a bad half of football against Auburn in the National Championship Game, there aren’t many halves that the team didn’t cover as well. The Seminoles have one of the better offenses in the nation, one which is led by Heisman Trophy holder QB Jameis Winston.
The Noles are going to score their 30+ in this one, and it wouldn’t be shocking if they get into the 40s or the 50s by the time the evening is said and done with. There are questions on defense, but there were questions on offense coming into last season as well, and we see how that all worked out.
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2. Why OSU will cover the spread: Rule of thumb has to suggest that Florida State is overrated right now for betting purposes. The Noles are the defending champs, and they are coming off of a year where they brutalized literally everyone they came across. However, we have to remember that the Pokes are going to have some advantages here, the biggest of which is a full offseason to prepare for Florida State.
Okie State is also effectively playing at home. The team does only have 11 returning starters, which has to be a bit concerning, but we know that this is a team which is always chock full of talent under Head Coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys won’t be easy pushovers.
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3. Take the Over or Under?: This is almost a puzzlingly low number for a ‘total’. Oklahoma State averaged 39.1 points per game last season, and its offense should be every bit as good as it was last year. The Seminoles were one of the few teams in the country to average over 300 passing yards and over 200 rushing yards per game. The end result was 51.6 points per game. It probably won’t be that bad for the Cowboys, but it could end up getting ugly. If you think the Cowboys are getting into the 20s, you have to think that this game is going to end up going past the number.
4. Betting Trends for FSU/OSU: There isn’t a lot of history here at all. These two teams only played against each other once, and that was back in 1985 in a bowl game. The Noles won and covered against the Cowboys by taking a 34-23 decision. This one is obviously played under much different circumstances in Week 1.
Florida State 51 – Oklahoma State 24