This season the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl features a pair of heavyweights with the 18th-ranked Houston Cougars facing the 9th-ranked Florida State Seminoles. The game kicks off on ESPN on New Years Eve Day at Noon from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Florida State Seminoles fell out of playoff contention with a pair of midseason losses, but they finished with three straight victories and a 5-0 run against the spread. Houston started 10-0 this season, knocking off four bowl-bound teams along the way and going 6-4 ATS while battling some stiff spreads.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Houston Cougars Vs Florida State Seminoles Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Line
The college football bowl betting line opened with Florida State as 6.5-point favorites over Houston to win the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. FSU has climbed to become a -7 point favorite. Expect the Seminoles to end up as a -7 to 7.5 point favorite before kick-off. The Over/Under might go higher than the current 55.5. The moneyline should have Florida State as the solid favorite.
What: Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
Who: No. 18 Houston Caugars (12-1) at No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (10-2)
When: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Line: Florida State -7
Moneyline: Houston +242 vs Florida State -280
Game Total: 55.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Houston vs Florida State
Bet The #16 Houston Cougars +7 Because…
The Cougars creative offense is close to unstoppable. Houston can pretty much score at will. The Cougars average 487.6 yards per game on offense. They average 40.6 points per game. Houston dropped 34 on Vanderbilt in a 34 to 0 win. They scored 52 against Navy in a 52 to 31 win. The Cougars can both run or pass. For a team that averages so many points, Houston is very balanced. The Cougars average 247.3 yards passing and 240.1 yards rushing per game.
Bet The #8 Florida State Seminoles -7 Because…
Florida State’s defense can stop any offense in the nation. The Seminoles defense might be as good Alabama’s. It depends on how you view the ACC compared to the SEC this season. While Alabama got to shut down teams like Mississippi State, Auburn and one-dimensional Florida, Florida State had to tackle Miami, high-scoring North Carolina State, and Clemson. The 13 to 23 loss to Clemson is the best example of how well Florida State’s defense can play. Clemson averages close to 40 points in a game.
Now the bad news, Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post broke the story over the weekend that FSU QB Everett Golson did not make the trip with the team and his career at Florida State is over. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher told D’Angelo that Golson is “home on a personal issue.”
Jimbo on Golson: "He's home on a personal issue."
— Tom D'Angelo (@tomdangelo44) December 26, 2015
According to ESPN’s Matt Fortuna, the reason for Golson’s absence is a tied to a death in the family Golson was expected to backup Sean Maguire in Thursday’s game against the Cougars, which was to be the final game of Golson’s collegiate career.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Florida State’s defense allowed 327.7 yards and 15.8 points per game on average. Houston hasn’t faced a defense quite this good since battling Connecticut to a 17 to 21 loss on Nov. 21. Can FSU’s offense score against Houston’s defense without Golson? I expect this to be Seminole rusher Dalvin Cook’s game. The Seminole D should be able to handle Houston’s offense.
My final score prediction is Florida State 28, Houston 14.