Can No. 3 Florida State Seminoles Pull Off Huge Upset in Regular Season Opener Against No. 1 Alabama?
What a way to start off a regular season!
Make no mistake about it college football fans and betting enthusiasts, the Week 1 matchup between the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles and top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide could could decide the National Championship, even if it is being played on opening weekend.
The Seminoles and the Crimson Tide will square off on Saturday, September 2 at 7:00 PM ET, in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic, live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia with this contest airing live on ABC.
What: No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (0-0) vs No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Spread: Alabama -7.5
Moneyline: Florida State +240 vs Alabama -280
Game Total: 49.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Florida State vs Alabama
Can The Florida State Seminoles Beat The Tide
The third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (10-3 SU, 8-4 ATS) will be led in 2017 by gifted dual-threat signal-caller Deondre Francois who had a phenomenal season as a redshirt freshman a year ago by completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,350 yards while tossing 20 touchdown passes and a modest seven interceptions.
Francois won’t have the luxury of handing off to elite running back Dalvin Cook and he lost No. 1 wide receiver Travis Rudolph and starting left tackle Rod Johnson to the NFL draft, but Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher says Francois is as special as any quarterback he’s had in his time at Florida State and that includes, his three quarterbacks (Christian Ponder, E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston), who all went on to be first-round NFL Draft picks.
“The year he (Francois) had, this guy’s a big-time player,” said Fisher.
Florida State has plenty of young talent at the skill positions, but all eyes will be on an offensive line that was less than solid a year ago. Defensively, the Seminoles have just three returning starters, but one of them may be the best player in the nation at his respective position in All-American safety in Derwin James.
Can The Alabama Crimson Tide Beat The Seminoles
By now, you probably know that Nick Saban’s team lost an insane 10 players to the NFL Draft. Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide will also be led by their outstanding young signal-caller in dual-threat sophomore Jalen Hurts.
The Tide will also lean heavily (as always) on their rushing attack and will feature the tandem of Bo Scarborough (834 yards) and Damien Harris (1,136 yards). Calvin Ridley is the only experienced receiver returning, so there are a few question marks as to who will be catching passes from Hurts.
Defensively, Alabama returns six starters, but lost some really outstanding players in All-American defensive end Jonathan Allen, fellow All-American linebacker Reuben Foster, as well as starting linebackers Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson and cornerback Marlon Humphrey, all of whom were taken in this year’s NFL Draft.
Still, the Tide are known for replacing their departed stars with more players that eventually turn into stars, so if anyone can overcome the losses of multiple All-Americans, it’s Alabama.
FSU vs Alabama Betting Analysis
I’ve gone on record several times already to say that I like the Florida State Seminoles to cover the spread as one touchdown college football betting underdogs, mostly because I believe that Clemson and Deshaun Watson have revealed just how to beat a Nick Saban team.
If you don’t know by now, Florida State’s Deondre Francois is a virtual Deshaun Watson clone with his ability to make plays both, running and passing the ball and I believe Florida State’s defense, particularly on the defensive line, could force the Tide to throw the ball far more than Saban would like in this contest.
Alabama has gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games, but Florida State is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and an identical 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games. I also love the fact that the Seminoles are also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against teams from the SEC. When everything is said and done, this is going to be an amazing game!