FSU vs Oregon Rose Bowl Odds, Betting Tips & TV ScheduleNoah Williams
Jameis Winston, Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles are 7.5 point underdogs when they take on Marcus Mariota, Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day with a berth in the finals of the College Football Playoffs on the line.
The Seminoles are the only ranked team in the FBS to have gone undefeated this season yet they ended the season ranked 3rd, behind Alabama and Oregon. FSU has routinely fallen behind in contests they were heavily favored to win only to come back in the second half to score a slim victory.
On New Year’s Day in the Rose Bowl, this habit may finally come back to haunt Florida State as they are going up against a superior Oregon Ducks football team.
No. 3 Florida State vs No. 2 Oregon Ducks
Date: Jan. 01, 2015
Start Time: 5 p.m. ET
Location: Pasadena California
Stadium: Rose Bowl
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Florida State vs Oregon
Point Spread: Ducks -7.5
Game Total: 70.5
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Analyzing The FSU vs Oregon Rose Bowl Odds & My Betting Tips
Star QBS and most likely the first two picks in the upcoming 2015 NFL draft, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, two of college football’s best quarterbacks, will go head-to-head in the 2015 Rose Bowl.
Coming from the ACC, the Florida State Seminoles are a pro-style team that has future NFL talent on both sides of the ball. On the flip side, the Oregon Ducks have continued their Chip Kelly ways and are the fastest offense in the nation. With how different both teams are, this game has the potential to be a great one.
Florida State will win the Rose Bowl if
The hit Marcus Mariota and control the clock!
If the Florida State Seminoles want to beat the high-scoring Oregon Ducks and get another shot at repeating as national champions, then they’re going to have to hit Marcus Mariota early and often in an effort to force the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback into a poor performance.
Of course, accomplishing this feat will almost assuredly be a lot tougher than it sounds, seeing as how the cerebral Mariota accounted for a mind-boggling 52 touchdowns (38 passing, 14 rushing) this season.
Mariota also completed a blistering 68.3 percent of his passes this season for 3,783 yards while chipping in a surprising 669 rushing yards. Oregon ranked third in the nation in scoring (46.3 ppg), including 11th in passing (308.2 ypg) and 22nd in rushing (237.3 ypg).
The Ducks also have a talented runner in freshman back Royce Freeman (1,299 yards, 17 total touchdowns) and a pair of sure-handed wide receivers in Byron Marshall (61 catches, 814 yds) and Devon Allen (41 catches, 684 yds).
The good news for Florida State is that Mariota was sacked 29 times, though the Seminoles ranked just 84th in team sacks with a modest 21. The Seminoles will need huge efforts from its top three defenders, middle linebacker Reggie Northrup (113 tackles), free safety Jalen Ramsey (9.5 tackles for a loss) and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (11 tackles for a loss).
The bottom line for Florida State is that they’re going to need to shake up the mostly unflappable Mariota while chewing up the clock by rushing the ball effectively. Unfortunately, the Seminoles don’t really have a strong rushing attack as they finished 104th in rushing (134.8 ypg).
Oregon will win the Rose Bowl if
They rattle Jameis Winston, shut down Rashad Greene and win the turnover battle!
If the Oregon wants to have a shot at winning their first national championship, then they’re going to have to rattle 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston.
The good news for the Ducks is that Winston was very inconsistent at times this season as he threw 24 touchdowns passes but nearly nullified them all with a whopping 17 interceptions. The often enigmatic sophomore signal-caller tossed at least one interception in nine of his dozen games this season.
While the ‘Noles don’t have a ‘big-name’ running back, they do have a pair of really good backs in Dalvin Cook (905 yards, 8 TDs) and Karlos Williams (609 yds, 10 TDs). Oregon will also have its hands full in trying to stop speedy wideout Rashad Greene (93 catches, 1,306 yds, 7 TDs).
One thing that you need to be aware of is the fact that Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will not play in this contest after routinely shutting down opposing wide receivers all season long. Ekpre-Olomu has nine career interceptions and as consistently forced opposing quarterbacks to throw away from him.
Who will win the Rose Bowl?
It would seems as though all signs are pointing toward an Oregon win in their first game of the inaugural college football playoff, but I like the way Florida State has handled adversity all season long – and I don’t think they’re going to give up their national championship without a fight.
Whether the Noles win outright or not (they will) I like them to easily cover the bowl game betting line, especially after opening as a 7.5-point underdog, only to see the line move even more in their favor over the last two weeks.
“You have two of the greatest players in college football right now,” Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters. “That makes for great TV and makes for great competition. It’s what it’s about – getting the best against the best.”
The Seminoles are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 bowl games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ducks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.