Ole Miss Vs FSU Odds & Final Score PredictionNoah Williams
Two 10-win teams from a year ago will square off in a huge week 1 opener when the Florida State Seminoles host the Mississippi Rebels in a contest that looks like it could turn out to be a flat-out thriller.
The public is 66% on the Florida State Seminoles to cover the CFB Week 1 betting spread. The point spread opened at FSU -6.5. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Ole Miss Rebels to cover.
Now, let’s find out which one of these playoff-hopeful teams will get the SU win and ATS victory.
College Football Week 1 Ole Miss Vs FSU Odds & Final Score Prediction
College Football bettors have made a +360 unit profit betting on the Ole Miss Rebels against the spread, thanks to an ATS record of 8-4. The Florida State Seminoles has a profitable 7-5, +150 ATS record.
What: No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels (0-0) at No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (0-0)
When: Monday, September 5, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Orlando, FL
Stadium: Florida Citrus Bowl
Spread: Florida State -4.5
Moneyline: Ole +165 vs Florida State -190
Game Total: 57
Stream: Watch ESPN
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Bet The Mississippi Rebels at +4.5 Because…
Mississippi has a gifted quarterback and knows how to win big games against elite opponents!
Ole Miss (10-3 SU, 8-4-1 ATS) won 10 games last season and was the only team in all of college football to beat national champion Alabama.
Now, head coach Hugh Freeze will look to lead his team to even greater heights, although he has to find replacements for a handful of stars that all went on to the NFL.
Despite losing a whopping four starters on the offensive line, including blind side protector Laremy Tunsil at tackle, Ole Miss returns six starters on offense, including quarterback Chad Kelly, a player that threw for a stellar 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns last season.
At wide receiver, Ole Miss is looking for Washington transfer Damore’ea Stringfellow to replace departed star Laquon Treadwell while getting a bigger contribution from senior tight end Evan Engram. Running backs Akeem Judd and Jordan Wilkins both averaged more than 5.0 yards per carry in backup roles last year and are expected to contribute even more in 2016.
On defense, Mississippi lost a monster player in tackle Robert Nkemdiche and returns just five starters. Freeze must find a pair of new safeties and address what was a mediocre linebacker unit in 2015.
Bet The Florida State Seminoles at -4.5 Because…
The Seminoles are playing at home and have a boatload of talent, starting with gifted running back Dalvin Cook!
Florida Sate had a solid, but not overpowering offense in 2015, ranking 51st in the country in total offense (424.0 ypg) and 47th in scoring (31.6 ppg). More importantly, 10 starters are back on offense for head coach Jimbo Fisher, including jaw-dropping tailback Dalvin Cook.
As a sophomore, Cook set a new school records for rushing yards (1,691) and all-purpose yards (1,935) in a single season. Along the way, Cook managed to average a whopping 7.4 yards per carry and 140.9 yards per game. Cook did all of this while battling myriad injuries and running behind an offensive line that was mediocre at best a year ago.
Redshirt freshman Deondre Francois has been named Florida State’s starter at quarterback, but like most young signal-callers, he could experience growing pains early on.
The Seminoles were outstanding defensively in 2015, ranking 21st in total defense, (336.9 ypg) and a stellar ninth in points allowed (17.4 ppg). Fisher has seven returning starters from last year’s squad despite losing superstar All-American cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
College Football Week 1 Final Score Prediction
I like Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and running back Dalvin Cook, but I like the Ole Miss Rebels to get the SU and ATS wins by pressuring Florida State’s Francois and getting another stellar outing from Chad Kelly.
While Florida State went 5-1 ATS in its final six games a year ago, Ole Miss went 2-2-1 ATS on the road and 1-0 ATS in their only game as an underdog last season.
Mississippi was the only team in the country to beat national champion Alabama and I believe they’re going to kick off their 2016 campaign with another surprising win!