College Football Picks: Florida State vs. Oregon in Rose Bowl

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 8, 2014 3:16 PM GMT

Florida State is a dangerous underdog due to possessing the longest active win streak nationally, which makes it a top College Football playoff pick against Oregon in the 2015 Rose Bowl.

Resilient
The Florida State Seminoles have been the most talked about team in the country since the start of the season, which is important to consider when looking over the College football odds, but 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has proven capable of moving past off-field distractions in leading this team.

The Seminoles have won 29 consecutive games, while also capturing their last 18 when playing away from Doak Campbell Stadium, including a 37-35 victory over Georgia Tech as 3.5-point favorites in the ACC Championship Game.

Sports bettors will find that the squad is 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10 bowl games, with the UNDER going on a 5-0 run in that situation.

 

Dominating Decade
The Oregon Ducks have improved its record to 59-7 this decade in securing a 38-point victory over the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Championship Game, which can’t be ignored when making your College Football picks, especially since 52 of those wins have come by 14 or more points over that span.

The Ducks have won 12 games four times in the last five seasons, as they continue to search for an elusive national title, but they landed the No. 2 seed in this four-team format due to the play of Heisman Trophy frontrunner Marcus Mariota.

It’s important to point out that the program has covered the number in its last eight overall games, while the UNDER has cashed in four of five opportunities.

 

Rising to the Occasion
Winston has compiled a 164.2 quarterback rating in three career championship games—completing 60 of 97 passes for 876 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

He has plenty of weapons surrounding him offensively, with running back Dalvin Cook accounting for 11 rushes of 20 or more yards this season, while wide receiver Rashad Greene set a new single-season record for catches.

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Video Game-Type Numbers
Mariota has established a Pac-12 single season record for total touchdowns at 53, while his 10 games with four or more scores is the most in the FBS during the 2014-15 season.

Oregon has won all 20 of its games when Mariota runs for at least one score since he stepped on campus, while running back Royce Freeman’s 1,299 rushing yards is the second-most by a freshman in conference history.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Seminoles as their 2015 Rose Bowl pick, as they’ve gone 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games.

Florida State played nine bowl eligible teams this year—a big reason why seven of its 13 wins have come by six or fewer points.

Free College Football Pick:  Florida State Seminoles at 5Dimes