Florida State Seminoles vs. Nevada Wolf Pack Free Pick 9/14/13
Nevada Wolf Pack (1-1) at Florida State Seminoles (1-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Doak Campbell Stadium)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -31 -- Over/Under: 64 See the Latest Odds
The Nevada Wolf Pack travel down to Tallahassee to play the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday.
The Florida State Seminoles started off the 2013 season by blowing out the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road, 41-13, in week one. Redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston showed the world that he may be the next big thing in college football. Winston finished an outstanding 25 of 27 for 256 yards and 4 touchdowns, while also rushing for one score in the victory. WR Rashard Greene caught 8 passes for 126 yards and a score and Nick O’Leary hauled in 3 touchdown passes for Florida State. However, the night belonged to the 6-foot-4, 227-pound kid from Alabama that certainly looked at home in front of a national audience in a stadium that also houses the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The Florida State defense limited the Panthers defense to 297 total yards, allowing just 96 on the ground. The Seminoles forced 2 turnovers and dominated time of possession, dictating the pace of play from start to finish. Florida State will head home, having had two weeks to prepare for a decent Nevada squad this week.
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The Nevada Wolf Pack are 1-1 on the year after beating UC Davis 36-7 on Saturday. This was a good way to bounce back for Nevada after getting blown out by UCLA 58-20 in week one. Nevada put up some points against UCLA, but allowed over 600 yards of total offense in the week one loss. The defense played better against UC Davis, allowing only 296 total yards of offense, with 118 coming on the ground. Nevada was able to control the clock and force two turnovers in the win. The Wolf Pack offense produced 535 total yards and it was almost split 50/50 between passing and rushing. Nevada QB Fajardo completed 18 of 21 passes for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns. WR Turner caught 6 balls for 136 yards, while WR Wimberly caught 7 balls for 55 yards and a touchdown. RB Brock played great for the Wolf Pack, carrying the ball 27 times for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. It’s going to be hard for Nevada to produce these numbers against a tough Seminoles defense at home this week, but they may be able to reach 17 to 20 points if their lucky. Defensively, Nevada will have the tough task of slowing down QB Winston and the Florida State offense on the road.
This will be the first meeting in recent history between these two schools and it may get ugly for Nevada early. It will be interesting to see how Florida State’s star QB Winston handles his second career game after everyone has been praising him for the past two weeks. Nevada will have to find a way to score early and often to have any chance of winning this game. Florida State should be able to score almost every time they touch the ball and I expect them to put up 50 plus points in their home opener. I think Nevada will find a way to get 17 to 20 points in the blowout. I would lean towards Florida State, with the big spread and I think the over will hit even with the high total.