The NCAA football odds will be contested on Thursday night in the ACC, when the Florida State Seminoles take on the Boston College Eagles.
We have to give FSU some credit. The team could have given up on its season after dropping three straight games after winning three in a row at the outset. The Noles lost all three of those games without QB EJ Manuel for at least pieces of all of those games. However, since that point, the garnet and gold have scored three wins by at least 25 points. Manuel is still battling nagging injuries, but he is getting the job done as a whole, and now, the team is sneaking around near the Top 25 again, and perhaps even a spot in the BCS isn’t totally out of the question if the squad can win out and get some help along the way. Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops has done a heck of a job with this unit this year. Sure, the two defeats against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Clemson Tigers were bad, but this unit still ranks No. 8 in the land in total defense at 277.1 yards per game and No. 12 in scoring at 16.9 points per game. If this unit can keep it up, the offense has enough talent to make the Seminoles a legitimate force again.
The Eagles are probably one of the worst teams in the AQ conferences. The good news is that they are coming off of a big win over the Maryland Terrapins, but the bad news is that the schedule is still brutal from here on out. Last week was the first time that BC scored more than 26 points in a game against an FBS team in almost three full years. Head Coach Frank Spaziani and the crew rank No. 104 in total offense and No. 89 i in total defense, not a good combination for a team that really hasn’t played the meat and potatoes of its schedule at this point. QB Chase Rettig was more or less thrown into the fire last year with the Eagles desperately looking for a signal caller. His stats are improving just a bit, but they’re still nothing to write home about. He has thrown for just 1,418 yards and seven TDs against seven picks, and he is only completing 51.5 percent of his passes. That being said, the ground game is at least suitable, as RBs Rolandan Finch and Andre Williams have combined for 914 rushing yards.
Florida State Seminoles @ Boston College Eagles Pick: In the end, we just don’t see the Eagles being able to put up all that much of a fight in this game. The Noles are just the clearly superior team, and by the second half, it should really start to show. Don’t be shocked if this ends up being a four touchdown game when it’s said and done.
College Football Pick: Florida State Seminoles -14.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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