NCAA Football – Week 11
The clubs that could be in the ACC Championship Game for the second time in the last three years will meet in Blacksburg on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football betting festivities, when the Florida State Seminoles travel to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.
About the only solace the fans of the Seminoles can take right now is that they probably weren’t going to be in the National Championship Game regardless of whether they beat the NC State Wolfpack or not. The Orange Bowl seems to be the destination for sure for this team regardless of what happens from here on out, and finishing 12-1 and landing in the Top 5 in the country is probably the best imaginable goal at the moment. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher knows that his team has to play better in this one on the road than the team has played over the course of the three road games this year. Remember that FSU is 0-3 ATS and hasn’t played well at all outside of Tallahassee, but if you take out the game against the Clemson Tigers, all of its home wins came by at least 40 points. QB EJ Manuel is probably the man to blame, as his Heisman Trophy hopes went up in flames when Florida State was beaten by the Wolfpack in a road game where the Seminoles were shut out in the second half.
If you thought that the Hokies were going to be a National Championship contender this year, think again. V-Tech really isn’t that good at this point, and there is a real chance that it won’t make a bowl game either. All isn’t lost though, because winning out likely will send the Hokies to the ACC Championship Game, as embarrassing as that will be for the conference. QB Logan Thomas has been disappointing this year. One figured that he would throw for more than the 2,109 yards that he has this year, and we all certainly figured that he would be completing more than 53.3 percent of his passes with nearly as many picks (12) as touchdowns (13). It also isn’t helping Virginia Tech’s cause that the defense is allowing 24.7 points per game, nor does it help that Thomas is the team’s leading rusher. Granted, the combo of RB J.C. Coleman, RB Michael Holmes, and RB Tony Gregory has combined for over 800 yards this year, but none are clearly explosive backs.
We have really yet to see Florida State come out and dominate anything on the road since the first half of that game against NC State. Since that point, teams have stuck with the Noles, but that won’t be the case in this one. Fresh off of a bye week, look for Head Coach Jimbo Fisher to keep the pedal to the medal and put this one in the Sod Cemetery in a hurry. Florida State 31 – Virginia Tech 16