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Florida State Seminoles National Championship Odds
The Florida State Seminoles have had a tough go of it in the past couple of years, falling off from the perennial power the program was in its heyday. Florida State had its 36-year streak of bowl appearances snapped in 2018 and now the team is aiming to bounce back before it gets left behind by the new college football powers. Coach Willie Taggart is in his second season and is hoping to begin seeing some fruits of his labor. An ACC championship is going to be a tall task this year with powerhouse Clemson in the same division. The Seminoles would love to surprise with a successful year but it won’t be easy.
2019 Florida State Seminoles at a Glance
Seminoles National Championship Odds: 120/1
Seminoles Odds To Win ACC: +3500
Seminoles Regular Season Win Total: 7.5
Florida State finished 2018 with a record of just 5-7 and won three of its eight conference games. The Seminoles finished with a losing record for the first time since 1976. There is excitement about the addition of new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, and if he can get the offense humming, this team could take a nice leap forward. Much of that will be dependent on quarterback play. Deondre Francois was dismissed from the team earlier this year and James Blackman is expected to be the starter, although Alex Hornibrook did transfer in from Wisconsin and will add competition.
The offensive line had its issues last season and will need to be better this year. It would also behoove the team to get a bounceback season from running back Cam Akers, who ran for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman but saw his numbers dip a season ago.
The defense had its issues a season ago, especially against the pass, and the best player in the secondary, Brian Burns, is now off to the NFL. Florida State has talented players but they will need to do a better job in situational football to help improve statistically.
2019 Florida State Seminoles Betting Schedule
||Florida State vs. Boise State
||Saturday, August 31
||Florida State vs. Louisiana-Monroe
||Saturday, September 7
||Florida State at Virginia
||Saturday, September 14
||Florida State vs. Louisville
||Saturday, September 21
||Florida State vs. North Carolina State
||Saturday, September 28
||Florida State at Clemson
||Saturday, October 12
||Florida State at Wake Forest
||Saturday, October 19
||Florida State vs. Syracuse
||Saturday, October 26
||Florida State vs. Miami (FL)
||Saturday, November 2
||Florida State at Boston College
||Saturday, November 9
||Florida State vs. Alabama State
||Saturday, November 16
||Florida State at Florida
||Saturday, November 23
Considered young by college football standards, Florida State has accomplished plenty in its history as a major college program. The Noles started playing the game in 1947 and won the small college Cigar Bowl in 1949. Becoming a major club in 1954, the Noles won eight games and participated in the Sun Bowl. There was nothing special about the team during its early existence. There would be the occasional winning season and bowl appearance, but nothing like what happened when Bobby Bowden took over the program.
Following a three-year stretch in the mid-1970s when the Noles won a total of four games, Bowden was hired to run the show in 1976. In his second season the Noles won 10 games for the first time and ended the year ranked in the AP poll, another first. They capped the season with a Tangerine Bowl victory and were on the college football map as an elite program. Bowden coached the team for 34 years, winning 76 percent of his games.
Bowden orchestrated what has become known as The Dynasty. From 1987 through 2000, FSU won at least 10 games and finished ranked among the top-4 every year. Included in that stretch were 11 bowl victories, two national championships and nine straight ACC titles. It would have been more except the Noles didn’t join the conference until 1992. During Bowden’s final nine seasons, the Noles won 10 games just once and the legend retired following the 2009 season.
Jimbo Fisher was brought in as the coach-in-waiting and took over in 2010. He captured the program’s third national championship after a perfect 14-0 season in 2013, and he followed that up by returning to the first ever College Football Playoff after going 13-0 in the regular season. The Seminoles have not been as good as late, but play in a state rich with football talent. If Taggart can get things turned around, Florida State can easily return to the college football elite.
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