A couple of questions bear answering when the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles kick off their 2014 season with a whopper of a road date against a very good Oklahoma State team.
First…will the Seminoles win outright to maintain their chance at a second consecutive perfect season or will the Cowboys record what could likely be the upset of the season, even in Week 1?
Second – and most important – will the Seminoles be able to cover the spread as huge road favorites – if they don’t get beat outright that is?
In an attempt to help college football betting enthusiasts everywhere I’ll answer both of these questions and more while offering up an expert college football pick on this intriguing Week 1 showdown.
Can Florida State Cover The Double Digit Spread Vs Oklahoma State?
Analysis: Florida State averaged a jaw-dropping 53.0 points per game last season while limiting their opponents to a paltry 10.7 points per game defensively as they mostly steamrolled their competition a year ago.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys were also more than competent on offense as they averaged a stellar 39.8 points per game while also excelling on defense by limiting their opponents to just 20.0 points per contest defensively.
I know the Seminoles are huge favorites in this contest and the odds-on-favorites to win the 2015 NCAA Championship, but I think everyone’s getting a bit ahead of themselves concerning Florida State, starting with this contest.
Sure, the Seminoles are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games and an incendiary 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games, but Oklahoma State has been impressive in posting a 6-2 ATS mark in their last eight games.
While Florida State is led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston, Oklahoma State has a blossoming quarterback of its own in junior J.W. Walsh. The strong-armed Texas native started five games last season and appeared in eight games overall while throwing nine TD passes and adding three rushing scores.
Florida State has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in the month of August while Oklahoma State has gone 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall, making the Oklahoma State Cowboys the pick for me.
I like the Seminoles to get the win in this contest, but I expect it to be a lot closer than the spread indicates it could be, so I’m going to encourage you to back the unheralded Oklahoma State Cowboys.