College Football Picks: Expecting a Blowout for Florida State vs. Georgia Tech

Joe Catalano

Monday, October 19, 2015 4:59 PM GMT

Not only will Florida State need to defeat the Yellow Jackets, but they need to blow them out to impress the pollsters. Is this the way the story will go? Let's check the college football odds.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on October 24th at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia. According to 5Dimes, the Seminoles are a mere 5  point betting favorite. I think that the spread is very low and there has to be a reason. FSU should steamroll this bottom feeder at first glance.

When it comes to difficulty of opponent, the Yellow Jackets get the nod as they faced two top 25 teams in Notre Dame and Clemson. They lost both games, but didn't get embarrassed.

Gerogia Tech also has to deal with a Seminoles defense that allows just 15.2 points per game. On the other hand, the Yellow Jackets are a team that favors the run in a major way as they average 285.7 yards on the ground as opposed to 129.4 through the air. For a team that's 2-5, Georgia Tech has managed to score 10 points more per game than they allow and that's impressive.

 

Better Than a 2-5 Squad?
For a team with such a poor record and that favors the run, Georgia Tech could be a team to be reckoned with in this game. They have three viable options in their powerful running game in Marcus Marshall (439 yards, 4 TD), Patrick Skov (331 yards, 6 TD), and Clinton Lynch (312 yards, 5 TD).

The Yellow Jackets have 6 running backs including quarterback, Justin Thomas with over 100 yards and leading rusher, Marcus Marshall, is averaging an eye-popping 10.2 yards per carry. The freshman Marshall is coming off of a 159 yard, 2 TD effort in a 31-28 loss to Pittsburgh. I can definitely see him come into this big-time matchup with some confidence, but we must remember that the Noles are very stingy on defense.

Although Justin Thomas is very erratic, completing only 44.4% of his passes, he's thrown for 10 TD and 4 INT on the season. His main target, Ricky Jeune, is a long ball threat, averaging over 20 yards per catch and scoring a touchdown in 3 out of his last 4 games. To sum it up, Georgia Tech needs to take the air out of the clock, so to speak and keep it running or Florida State will pile up the points.

 

Notre Dame's Loss is Florida State's Gain
Part of the reason for Florida State's success has been transfer quarterback, Everett Golson. For the season, Golson has1449 yards passing while passing for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. This certainly isn't the Golson that I remember from Notre Dame, but Golson has been very efficient in seeking out receivers such as Kermit Whitfield and Jesus Wilson. Golson basically has 4 options to throw the football to while running back, Delvin Cook is eating up the yards on the ground.

 

Delvin Cook
We are only 6 games into the season and Cook is just 45 yards away from the magical 1000 yard mark to go along with 10 TD's. Cook is averaging 8.7 yards per carry and has been a flatout beast lately. In his last 2 games, he's totaled 385 yards with 4 TD's. With the combination of an offense with Cook that doesn't make mistakes and a defense that's one of the better ones in the nation, I think 5 as the college football odds is a very small number. Look for FSU to blowout Georgia Tech, as our college football pick.

College Football Pick: Florida State -5 at 5Dimes

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