Florida State returns as the reigning BCS National Champion but because of that the NCAA football odds will be a bit steeper. Is this year's edition of the 'Noles worth the risk in your college football picks?
Juggernaut Keeps Rolling
Normally when a college player, particularly a quarterback, wins the Heisman Trophy it is a fast pass to the NFL. No waiting, no delays and no stopping for this previously unpaid college athlete transforming into an NFL heavyweight without as much as a single professional down under his belt. But lo and behold we have an anomaly in the reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston who will be back under center for the Seminoles if only because he was too young to enter the '14 draft class.
Winston's young age is Florida State's good fortune because the kid looks to be a surefire top five NFL pick as long as he stays healthy and keeps launching touchdown strikes. In addition to their talented signal caller the Seminoles are returning 15 starters from last season's undefeated National Championship team. Virtually every one of those starters could be a first or second round selection in this year's draft which is illustrative of just how much experience and talent the defending champs boast this year.
Since Jimbo Fisher took over the reins as head coach of FSU in 2010, their recruiting efforts have been consistently among the best and the results have paid off in spades. FSU not only has the starting talent to decimate their opposition but has the depth to contend with the inevitable spate of injuries that crop up each and every season. Florida State will once again rule the ACC and more than likely all of college football this season.
FSU's NCAA Football Odds
The 'Noles reside in the ACC Atlantic Division which means the only team capable of standing toe-to-toe and mano-a-mano with them would be the 16th ranked Clemson Tigers. And as of this writing it appears as though the Tigers will be the toughest foe the Seminoles face this season as they play only one other top 20 opponent and that would be the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame who clock in at number 17 in the preseason polls. It should be noted that both contests will be played in that hotbed of heartache for opposing teams, Doak Campbell Stadium. Therefore, the college football odds will be long on FSU throughout the season and blowouts better be the rule rather than the exception if you intend to routinely add them to your college football picks week after week.
For instance in today's regular season opener the Seminoles are 19-point favorites according to Pinnacle's NCAA football odds on a neutral site (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) against an Oklahoma State team that went 10-3 but lost to 5th ranked Missouri in the Cotton Bowl last season. Not exactly playing a stiff team yet FSU is climbing towards being three-touchdown favorites and not even playing on their home turf!
Personally, I think week after week of the squares lining up to throw their money behind the heavy hitting Seminoles will eventually catch up and I am not so sure that Oklahoma State isn't the right side in this regular season opener. But for those unwavering Florida State backers there is still time to get them at +350 to win the BCS National Championship at offshore books like PaddyPower.com or play them at over 11 ½ regular season wins at Ladbrokes.com.
The choice is yours if you want to make the Seminoles a regular part of your college football betting picks but I would say be careful, because layin' the lumber can sometimes be a recipe for disaster.