Florida State vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-1) at Florida State Seminoles (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Doak Campbell Stadium)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -33.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
On Saturday, September 9 at Doak Campbell Stadium, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and the Florida State Seminoles will be meeting up in Week 2 college football action.
The Warhawks come into this one at 0-1 following an opening-week loss to Memphis 37-29. Louisiana-Monroe gave up two long rush touchdowns and another score on a 99-yard kickoff return. Warhawks QBs Caleb Evans and Garrett Smith each posted a pass touchdown in the fourth quarter but the team couldn’t recover the onside kickoffs to fuel the comeback.
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Louisiana-Monroe is coming off a 4-8 mark last season, going 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conference. Matt Viator and company return for their second straight year to try and improve the record in their rookie campaigns.
Over on the Florida State side, they’ve got some real issues to monitor, one of which is their 24-7 loss to Alabama in the Week 1 opener. The Seminoles were crushed by the Tide defense all night, and came up short on special teams. Worst of all, Florida State QB Deondre Francois injured his knee in the contest and will be out for the rest of the season.
The Seminoles are fresh off a 10-3 mark in 2016, going 5-3 in the ACC. Florida State’s season ended on a high note, as they took a 33-32 nail-biter Orange Bowl victory over Michigan.
The Warhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in September, and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight non-conference games. Louisiana-Monroe is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games on grass and the over is 5-0 in the Warhawks’ last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Florida State is also 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games on grass.
What once was expected to be a cakewalk for the Seminoles is now taking a backseat to the potential future of their season, as all eyes are on Francois, or rather the absence of him. Regardless, the Seminoles are going to have to pull from a little deeper on their depth chart to get by. I think the rest of the team pitches in to help cover the hole here but 34 points is a lot to ask from a Francois-less team. I’ll take Louisiana-Monroe to get the cover in this one.