Ole Miss vs Florida State College Football Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 5, 2016 in

 

The SEC meets the ACC in a Week 1 showdown at the Citrus Bowl when Florida State tangles with Ole Miss. Florida State has their sights set on knocking off Clemson and taking the ACC title all the way to the College Football Playoff, while Ole Miss wants to shed that reputation as a second-tier program in the SEC once and for all. Click to find all of the college football odds for this weekend’s action.

Ole Miss vs Florida State College Football Preview & Odds

When: Monday, September 5, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
TV: ESPN
Radio: Seminole IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: ESPN3, WatchESPN
NCAAF Odds: Florida State (-4.5), O/U Total 57

Why should you bet on the Rebels?

When it comes to a quarterback comparison, the Rebels win hands down. Chad Kelly is already prepared to throw in the NFL, and he can also think and throw on his feet. As he has shown in past years, such as in Ole Miss’ upset win over Alabama last year, he can knock off the opposition all by himself. If he uses the short and mid-range passing game to drive Ole Miss down the field, the Rebels will manage the clock and win the game.

Florida State has Deondre Francois at quarterback. He has a world of talent and a high, high ceiling, but he isn’t Jameis Winston just yet. He is a redshirt freshman, which means that mistakes are a big possibility. If those mistakes stack up, then Ole Miss will capitalize — and take the win.

Why should you put your money on Florida State?

As savvy as Kelly is, he’s playing behind an offensive line that only returns one starter, and the Seminoles have a front four that will be as dominant as any other in the ACC, and perhaps in the nation, featuring Josh Sweat and Demarcus Walker on the ends. While Even Engram is a splendid tight end for the Rebels, Ole Miss hasn’t had a real threat emerge at wide receiver, and the Seminoles have a secondary that is quick and aggressive.

On offense, the Seminoles have Dalvin Cook, who they will pound over and over again to assert their ground game. If they can be the team that grinds out the drives, then Florida State will win.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

When I’m looking at college football, I tend to take the team that can run over the team that can pass, because passing involves so many more variables. In this case, that means I’m taking Dalvin Cook and Florida State over Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss Rebels. I’m predicting a 27-23 FSU win.