College Football: Idaho vs. Florida State

Jeff Grant

Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:39 PM GMT

Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston may start to feel the pressure of an off-field investigation Saturday, as he prepares to take on the Idaho Vandals in the Sunshine State. Let’s take a closer look at the odds for this non-conference matchup between Idaho and Florida State and set our college football picks.

Coming off the bye
 
Idaho is listed as 1-9 SU and 3-7 ATS in college football odds through 10 games, as it comes off its second bye of the 2013 campaign— focused on trying to snap a five-game losing streak.
 
The Vandals weren’t expected to do much from the start, as they welcomed back just eight starters, while being one of 10 FBS schools to start a senior free offensive line this season.
 
The pressure is on
 
Florida State is 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS heading into its final two games of the regular season, while it occupies the No. 2 spot in the current BCS standings.
 
The Seminoles are the only team in the country to rank in the Top 5 in the nation in both scoring offense and scoring defense, while being the only undefeated program to win every game by at least 14 points.
 
Punting game
 
Sportsbooks and college football handicappers have taken note that Vandals punter Austin Rehkow leads the nation in averaging 47.7 yards per attempt, which is a significant in terms of starting field position for the Seminoles in this affair.
 
It’s important to point out that Idaho’s campus sits 2,579 feet above sea level, but the number is still impressive enough to mention.
Winston
Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston is a bonafide Heisman Trophy candidate, but he’s also dealing with a sexual assault investigation that dates back to December 2012.
 
The redshirt freshman has completed 70.9 percent of his passes for 2,938 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions—leading an offense that has scored 41 or more points in each contest.
 
Prediction
 
I’m going to recommend that readers consider playing the total before making their college football picks, as the UNDER is 12-4 in the Seminoles’ last 16 games versus non-conference opponents.
 
Florida State will be very vanilla on offense in this affair, considering it travels to take on in-state rival Florida in its last game of the regular season in Week 14.
 
 College Football Pick: Under 69

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