Florida State (@3.6) vs Virginia (@1.3)

Our Prediction:

Virginia will win

Florida State – Virginia Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 19:30

As a freshman, he really took care of the ball well, Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen explained to Richmond.com.

While the young players could end up playing above their experience level, this is not a great matchup for so many players to be getting their first start. It is Florida States first game with Taggarts offense, but I expect to see the unit clicking with Francois back under center. Normally, we go into a college football season raving about Virginia Techs defense, but that is not the case for 2018.

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The Noles starting quarterback has the legs to give the Hokies serious problems, and we know how much of a problem it has been in the past for Virginia Tech. He is not the most accurate passer, however, and is coming off a bad knee injury so his mobility might be limited which should help the defense out. Defensively, Foster needs to devise a method to contain Francois in the pocket.

The Seminoles won and covered the spread in their final four games against Delaware State, Florida, Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Mississippi to salvage a 7-6 record and a 4-8 mark against the spread. The university's relationship with head coach Jimbo Fisher was already deteriorating, and the dismal 2017 campaign ensured his exit from Tallahassee at season's end. Starting quarterback Deondre Francois went down in the season opener against Alabama, and it was all downhill from there. And while there were a couple of close losses early on for the Noles, single-digit victories against Wake Forest, Duke and Syracuse were needed to prevent an all-out disaster. We saw Florida State's floor last season, and it wasn't pretty.

His first major task was naming a starting quarterback following a competition between Deondre Francois, the breakout star of two years ago, and James Blackman, who filled in admirably for the injured Francois last season. Willie Taggart makes his debut as Florida State's head coach following a one-year stop at Oregon. And what critical factor makes one side a must-back? We can tell you Hunt is leaning Under, but he also knows there's a critical factor that determines which side of the spread is a must-back, and he's only sharing it at SportsLine. The defense returns five starters from a unit that ranked fourth in scoring at 14.8 points per game. Visit SportsLine now to see which side you should jump on Monday, all from a seasoned expert who is 7-1 picking Florida State games. The Seminoles are seven-point favorites, the same as where the line opened at many outlets. But they came up short of a repeat trip last year, felled by back-to-back losses at Miami and Georgia Tech. Junior cornerback Levonta Taylor will be charged with leading the youth-heavy secondary. More importantly, he has been locked in on the tendencies of the Seminoles, with an incredible 7-1 spread record in their games over the past two seasons. Josh Jackson returns at quarterback following a solid but sometimes unsteady campaign as a true freshman. ET when they host the Virginia Tech Hokies in a prime-time showcase. He excelled early, but struggled late down the stretch against top-tier opponents. Virginia Tech picks, listen to what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.His expertise has earned him the nicknamed "The Czar of the Playbook," and Hunt already has spent endless hours breaking down the rosters of every FBS club. Who covers Virginia Tech-Florida State? But the core has been depleted by the NFL departures of stars such as Tremaine Edmunds and Tim Settle. Now, he's zeroed in on Monday's game and locked in a strong against the spread pick that's only available at SportsLine.Hunt knows that Taggart's teams are historically known for their speed and physicality, and there's no reason to expect anything different at Florida State. Taggart named Francois the starter last week. Anyone who has followed him is up big. The defense is young and inexperienced and could start as many as five sophomores. Secondary standouts Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden have moved on to the NFL. The over-under for total points scored is 55, up from an initial offering of 50 after heavy action on the over. FSU lost to Alabama, 24-7, in their season-opener last year.Meanwhile, Hunt also knows the Hokies are looking to vault back into contention for the ACC championship after they reached the title game in Fuente's first season. The Florida State Seminoles enter a new era Monday at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente looks to lead the Hokies back into ACC title contention in his third season. Before you make any Florida State vs.

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Virginias offense will have its hands full with the Florida State defense, however, the Cavaliers do a good job of not turning the ball over and as I think the trio of Guy, Hunter, & Jerome will be able to put some points up on the board, I think Virginia gets revenge from last years home loss and does enough to cover this spread. Florida State was able to pull off the upset at Virginia last seasonand although I think the Seminoles are a better team this season, I really like what Ive seen on both ends of the court by the Cavaliers so far this season. Take Virginia to cover.

Over the course of the summer, the line has moved from FSU -5.5 to FSU -7.5, and further movement before game time is possible. Perhaps realizing thatand owing to some optimism for an FSU turnaroundbettors have been hammering the Seminoles against the spread as this matchup approaches.

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The 9th ranked Florida State Seminoles won their 7th straight game and improved to 12-1 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Winthrop Eagles, 87-76, this past Tuesday. Leading the way for the Seminoles was Terance Mann who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. Florida State allowed Winthrop to fight back into the game in the 2nd half after the Seminoles went into halftime with a 52-36 lead, however, Florida State was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 79-72 lead with 3:48 left in regulation. Florida State shot 46.9% from the field and forced Winthrop into committing 21 turnovers in the victory.

Virginia had no trouble picking up Tony Bennetts 300th career win and the Cavaliers cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 50-25 halftime lead. Virginia shot 53.2% from the field and outrebounded Marshall by a 45-23 margin in the victory. The 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers stayed perfect on the season, improving to 12-0 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd, 100-64, this past Monday. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Kyle Guy who had 30 points & 8 rebounds.

Even with some good backs in place running behind this line, the Hokies have to prove they can consistently crank out yards they have to get to at least four yards per carry, and thats not a given. Its a decent Hokie line, but its not a killer, and it has to prove it can be dominant at times for the ground game.

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That would be quite a one-year turnaround, but it's not out of the question. On the other hand, FSU is one of a handful of programs in the country with the requisite talent to make a legitimate run at a national title. So where does that leave FSU this year? If new coach Willie Taggart can't get a young team to jell, and Francois is rusty upon returning from injury, another seven- or eight-win season is on the table against a difficult schedule.

That is going to make it difficult for the Hokies to stop teams from scoring. The Hokies D loses five All-ACC defenders from last season, including four NFL draft selectionstwo of whom were first-rounders. And as the summer went on, things only got worse, as three presumed starters in the secondary were lost for various reasons. He'll have an uphill climb this year, though.

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