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Florida State Seminoles Betting

Florida State became the second Power Five program to fire its coach in 2019 when the Seminoles parted ways with Willie Taggart in early November. FSU was unable to land Bob Stoops after courting him for a couple weeks, and the Seminoles were similarly unable to get James Franklin and Matt Campbell to come to Tallahassee. Mike Norvell is a hire that fans can be excited about though. Norvell took over for Justin Fuente at Memphis after Fuente left for Virginia Tech at the end of the 2015 regular season, and he led the Tigers to AAC West titles in three straight seasons. Memphis went 38-15 in four seasons with Norvell, culminating with the school’s first AAC Championship Game victory, and he will look to return Florida State to its former glory.

Sun Bowl Odds

Florida State Seminoles +4.5

Arizona State Sun Devils -4.5

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The Seminoles are almost a touchdown underdog against Arizona State in the Sun Bowl by the college football betting line. Norvell will not be coaching this game as he focuses on recruiting, robbing us of an interesting plot line as the new head coach was the Sun Devils’ offensive coordinator under Todd Graham from 2012 to 2015. Long-time assistant Odell Haggins will be FSU’s head coach in El Paso, and Norvell has already confirmed that he will remain on staff with the Seminoles.

FSU is looking to put a third straight poor season in the rearview mirror. The Seminoles were bad in Jimbo Fisher’s last year in 2017, and they continually underachieved under Taggart.

Despite a dreadful offensive line, Cam Akers managed to post pretty good numbers in 2019. Akers is arguably the most talented running back in the country, and he was outstanding in running for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns behind some poor blocking. He was one of the nation’s leaders in yards after contact for the second straight season, showcasing his power and ability to break tackles.

Akers has yet to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft or announce whether he’ll be playing in the Sun Bowl, but it’s unlikely that he suits up in the garnet and gold again. Top wide receiver Tamorrion Terry might also be unavailable for the same reason as FSU’s leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns weighs his options.

Terry caught 51 receptions for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns as the team’s only deep threat at receiver. No other FSU player with at least 25 receptions averaged more than 11.0 YPC, and the second leading receiver on the team was D.J. Matthews with 36 receptions for 355 yards and three scores. Not having Terry or Akers would deprive either James Blackman or Alex Hornibrook of this team’s two best weapons.

Blackman is likely to start at quarterback for the Seminoles, but Hornibrook could see some action as this is his last collegiate game. Hornibrook has been a slightly better passer this year, but Blackman has the mobility to make plays happen behind a porous offensive line.

Arizona State has an above average defense. The Sun Devils are 43rd in the country in SP+, and Herm Edwards will have this team ready for the Seminoles in El Paso.

The favorites struck paydirt with freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels. Daniels completed 62.3 percent of his passes this season, averaging 8.9 YPA with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions. He was a potent runner when he toted the rock too, giving the Sun Devils a compliment to star running back Eno Benjamin.

Daniels had some help from one of the most underrated receivers in the country in Brandon Aiyuk. Aiyuk caught 65 passes for 1,192 yards with eight touchdowns in 2019, and he could expose an FSU defense that has struggled against quality receivers all year. The Seminoles were 68th in the defense per SP+, and two of their best defensive backs are out due to injury.

Regular Season Recap

At least FSU is bowling once again. The Seminoles scratched together the victories they needed to go 6-6, but they were woefully outclassed by top teams like Florida and Clemson. Fortunately, this is the weakest the ACC has been this decade, so FSU avoided the ignominy of missing out on the postseason for a second straight year.

FSU did beat other bowl teams in Louisville and Boston College, and the Seminoles nearly knocked off Boise State, Virginia, and Wake Forest too. However, FSU suffered losses to all three of its main rivals for the third straight season, and that led to half-empty stadiums over the latter half of 2019.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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