The Florida State Seminoles are heavily favored to run the table for a second consecutive regular season, which is why college football handicappers should search out a more valuable offering in the futures market.
Florida State will likely kick off as double-digit favorites in each of its 12 regular season games in 2014, which is one of the main reasons Pinnacle Sports is offering over 11 wins at a price of -401 (Under +320), considering the program led the nation in scoring offense and defense a year ago.
The Seminoles return 15 starters from their first 14-0 team in school history, which delivered their third national title with a dramatic 34-31 win over the Auburn Tigers in the 2014 BCS championship game.
Fifth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher has things rolling in Tallahassee, as he’s accumulated 45 wins to go along with two Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
Talent Across the Board
The Seminoles are worthy betting favorites to win back-to-back national championships, as 14 of their returning starters have earned All-ACC recognition during their time on campus, with all eyes focused on sophomore signal-caller Jameis Winston.
The 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has a great opportunity to improve on his amazing numbers from a year ago (4,057 passing yards, 40 TDs), as he’ll be protected by an offensive line that has four senior returners.
Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary are also within reach of becoming Florida State’s most productive wide receiver and tight end in its history.
Little Resistance in the ACC
Florida State was the only team in 2013 to lead its respective conference in both total offense and defense, which has played a major part in its 15 straight victories over ACC foes dating back to the 2012 campaign.
Over the last two years, the Seminoles have won all eight of their conference home games by an average of 41 points.
Fisher has to have a smile on his face when looking over the schedule, as his three toughest games against the Clemson Tigers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida Gators are all set to take place at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Florida State’s opener comes against a Oklahoma State program that’s going to suffer through a rebuilding year, while it gets virtually the entire month of September to prepare for Clemson in Week 4.
The Seminoles entire season will likely be determined in playing their in-state rivals Miami and Florida in two of the final three weeks.
I’m not in the business of recommending readers to back a proposition that’s being offered at odds of -401 or higher in the market, especially when a lot of things can happen from now until the end of the year.
It’s hard to imagine that Florida State will suffer a regular season loss, as it returns a core group of players that dominated the competition in 2013, but I believe there’s better ways to invest your bankroll.
College football handicappers would be better served to back the Seminoles at +345 betting odds to win it all.