Florida State Seminoles College Football Betting
The Florida State Seminoles got used to having games canceled or postponed this season so it’s not a complete surprise that their final scheduled game of 2020 was wiped out after another positive COVID test. At least the reshuffling of the schedule allowed the Noles to complete their first season under Mike Norvell with a victory after their 56-35 win over Duke. Even though requirements for bowl game eligibility have been lifted this season, it’s been reported that FSU would not accept a bid if offered. So, the Noles finish the campaign at 3-6 overall, their fewest victories since winning three games in 1975.
Florida State Seminoles Season
Florida State Seminoles Season Review
With their final regular season game at Wake Forest canceled and the decision to not accept a bowl game bid if offered, Florida State’s season officially came to an end. Things didn’t go as planned for Mike Norvell in his first season, but the Noles did get a chance to play after having three games put on the shelf. They ended the season on high not with a win over Duke on Dec. 12 ending a three-game losing streak. Still, the Noles finished at 3-6 overall and 2-6 in ACC play. Their three wins were the fewest in a season since going 3-8 in 1975, the year before the arrival of Bobby Bowden.
The team that finished the season looked a lot different than the one that started it. Injuries and defections depleted the roster with the Noles having only 50 scholarship players available for their contest with Duke. The offense struggled all season with four different players starting at quarterback. James Blackman opened the season behind center but was replaced after two games when he committed more turnovers than the team scored touchdowns. Tate Rodemaker, Jordan Travis and Chubba Purdy also made starts with the offense showing a spark behind Travis.
There is hope for next season, however, with McKenzie Milton planning to transfer to FSU. The former UCF standout hasn’t played in two years after a devastating leg injury, but he will have to compete for the starting job and show he’s ready to play after a long absence. His addition can’t hurt an offense that averaged less than 200 yards a game through the air. The Noles ended the season averaging 396.7 total yards and 25.8 points per game and that was with their 56-point, 522-yard effort against Duke.
The Noles struggled as much on defense as they did on offense leading to a complete team failure. They allowed more than 500 yards in a game four times ending the season with an average of 456.3 total yards allowed. They also ranked among the worst in the ACC and nationally giving up 36 points per contest. Those numbers allowed FSU to finish the season 6-3 against the OVER.
We do have to give Norvell and his team credit for getting back at it. The Seminoles lost three games in a row following their upset of North Carolina getting outscored 127-55 by Louisville, Pittsburgh and NC State going 0-3 ATS. Given another chance to play after games with Clemson and Virginia were canceled, the Noles went out on a positive note with a big win over Duke where they played their best game of the year.
Florida State Seminoles Weekly Recap
After nearly a month of inactivity the Seminoles came out and rolled Duke, 56-35, getting the payout as a 3-point favorite and ending a three-game SU and ATS losing skid. It was just the third time the Noles were laying points and just the second time against a FBS opponent. The other was in a loss to Georgia Tech in the season opener. FSU was also favored by 27.5 points against FCS Jacksonville State, a game the Noles won 41-24 but failed to cover.
The Noles looked much better than they did in their previous games. Having a relatively healthy Travis back in the lineup helped. The down time allowed the quarterback to heal and a number of other players to step up. Travis threw for 192 yards with two touchdowns to Ja’Khi Douglas and Jashaun Corbin ran for three scores in the Noles’ highest scoring game of the season.
Corbin scored twice as part of FSU’s opening barrage the put them on top 28-0 late in the first quarter. Duke didn’t cave, though, and used their own salvo against one of the nation’s worst defenses to get back in the contest. The Devils scored three straight touchdowns cutting the margin to 28-21 at halftime. FSU regained control with touchdown runs from Travis and Corbin in the third quarter for a 42-21 advantage. Lawrance Toafili tacked on a 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth as part of his 117-yard night as the Noles totaled 324 yards on the ground. They also gave up 245 rushing yards to Duke, but used three interceptions and a fumble recovery to stave off Duke’s comeback bid.
2020 Florida State Seminoles Schedule
||vs. Georgia Tech
||vs. Jacksonville State
||@ Notre Dame
||vs. North Carolina
||@ NC State
||vs. Wake Forest
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