Louisville at Florida State - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Louisville Cardinals (4-3) at Florida State Seminoles (2-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Doak Campbell Stadium)

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -7 -- Over/Under: 59 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Louisville Cardinals and Florida State Seminoles meet Saturday in college football action at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Louisville Cardinals look to avoid their third straight loss to kind of get their season back on track. The Louisville Cardinals have won five of their last eight road games. Lamar Jackson is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 2,322 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Jackson has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 14 games. Dez Fitzpatrick and Jaylen Smith have combined for 1,038 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Seth Dawkins has 23 receptions. The Louisville Cardinals ground game is averaging 208.5 yards per contest, and Jackson leads the way with 690 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 29.6 points and 380.4 yards per game. Zykiesis Cannon leads the Louisville Cardinals with 45 tackles, Jon Greenard has five sacks and TreSean Smith has two interceptions.  

The Florida State Seminoles look for back-to-back wins for the first time to get to a .500 record. The Florida State Seminoles have split their last eight home games. James Blackman is completing 63 percent of his passes for 799 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Blackman has at least one touchdown pass in all four of his career games. Auden Tate and Nyqwan Murray have combined for 492 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Keith Gavin has 15 receptions. The Florida State Seminoles ground game is averaging 144.8 yards per contest, and Cam Akers leads the way with 380 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Florida State is allowing 20.8 points and 330.6 yards per game. Derwin James leads the Florida State Seminoles with 29 tackles, Josh Sweat has 2.5 sacks and Kyle Meyers has one interception.

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The Cardinals are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games in October and 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Seminoles are 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Seminoles last 5 games overall and the over is 11-4 in Cardinals last 15 conference games.

The Louisville Cardinals simply aren't a good football team, as the defense is soft and has gotten gashed in their last two games. There's too much pressure on Jackson to do everything, and he can only do so much when other sides aren't putting in their work. Florida State has played well the last three weeks, as the defense remains one of the best in the country, and Blackman is slowly getting more comfortble at quarterback. This is also a game that Florida State will be ready for after getting waxed in last years contest against the Cardinals. Louisville will struggle to keep Jackson upright. It's going to be a long day for the Cards on the road. Give me FSU by double digits.

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Randy’s Pick Florida State Seminoles -7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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