Our college football handicapping professional provides us with a betting preview for the 2016 Florida State Seminoles. Go inside to read this intuitive betting article which concludes with a futures pick.
Florida State Preview
The Florida State Seminoles head into this 2016 season with exceptionally high expectations. They return 17 starters from last year’s 10-3 team, and that includes all 11 players on the offensive side. The Seminoles are nationally a consensus top four team according to credible preseason polls.
The offense will be led by preseason first team All American running back Dalvin Cook. The junior rushed for 1691 years a season ago, averaged an extraordinary 7.4 yards per carry, and ran for 19 touchdowns. Furthermore, Cook had 24 pass receptions for an additional 244 yards and a touchdown. By the way, 2016 Heisman Trophy college football odds indicate that Cook is at 10-1 odds to win college football’s most coveted individual award.
Florida State’s defense will possess two vastly ballyhooed players of their own. Sophomore safety Derwin Williams (6’3/213-pound) is a first team preseason All American choice. The defensive line will be anchored by second team preseason All American pick DeMarcus Walker. The 6’3/273-pound defensive end had 15 tackles for a loss in 2015, and also recorded 10.5 sacks.
This will be Jimbo Fisher’s 7th season as head coach at Florida State. He enjoyed tremendous success during his first six years by brandishing a 68-14 (.829) record. As a matter of fact, the Seminoles have gone a remarkable 49-6 (.891) during the last four seasons, won a national championship in 2013, and the following season lost to Oregon during the College Football Playoff Semifinal. Florida State has been in a BCS, College Football Playoff, or “New Year’s Six” bowl games in each of the last four years. The only other school to accomplish that feat over that course of time was Alabama.
We’ll find out just how good Florida State is fairly early on. Five of their first six games come against Ole Miss in Orlando (season opener), at Louisville, at South Florida, North Carolina, and at Miami Fla. According to Athlon Sports, the Seminoles will face seven teams this season that are nationally ranked in the top 37, and that includes a massive home game versus ACC favorite Clemson on 10/29.
Current college football futures betting at TheGreek has Florida State at 15:1 wagering odds to win the national championship. They also indicate that Florida State is +175 to win an ACC crown, and their regular season win total is posted at 10.0. If I were backed into the corner at this juncture, I would choose under 10.0 (-130) regular season wins for one of my early college football pick.