Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Florida State Seminoles NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Florida State Seminoles (14-0) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-3)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys +17.5 -- Over/Under: 63 See the Latest Odds
The Florida State Seminoles begin their national championship title defense with a matchup against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
It’s no secret that the Florida State Seminoles are a top favorite to win this year’s college football championship. With 13 starters returning from last year’s team, including quarterback Jameis Winston, the Seminoles will be expected to win every game this season. Last year, Florida State ranked second in points scored and first in points allowed. And while Winston gets a lot of the credit for the success of FSU, it’s the Seminoles defense that really drives this football team. Despite losing a lot of experience on the defensive side of the ball, players such as Mario Edwards, Jalen Ramsey and Terrance Smith are more than capable of leading the way. Simply put, the Florida State Seminoles are going to be a tough out for anybody this season.
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are looking for another productive season with nine starters returning from a team that won 10 games. The Cowboys are hoping quarterback J.W. Walsh can blossom into a star, while running back Desmond Roland can be a little more consistent. Oklahoma State’s biggest strength is its group of receivers with a young trio that includes Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd and Marcell Ateman, three guys who have more upside than just about anybody in the Big 12. Defensively, Oklahoma State only returns four starters, which isn’t good considering the Cowboys were 19th in the country in points allowed. Oklahoma State lost its top three tacklers and will be relying on many young faces. However, that’s never stopped the Cowboys from winning, as this is a team that puts offense first before anything.
The Seminoles are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games. The Cowboys are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
This is a huge game and with Oklahoma State’s ability to score, I’m not sure I see a blowout here. Mike Gundy is a coach who always has his team ready, and he has the offensive playmakers who can put points on the board in a hurry.
I’d wait for the FSU lovers to pound the line and give us a couple more points, as I’m taking all the points I can get in this matchup.