FSU football will host the rival Miami Hurricanes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Noles defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 24-7 Saturday afternoon without two of its best wide receivers, Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson.
FSU was -21.5 betting favorites and could have likely covered the spread if they wanted, but decided to allow the clock to expire as they were inside the Pitt 10-yard line. Miami lost to NC State 20-6 on the road Saturday night as -6 betting favorites.
The loss likely helped determine the 3:30 p.m. ET time slot instead of the primetime spot had Miami won and crept inside the top 25. Nevertheless, the time to shut up the Miami fans for the third consecutive year has arrived. It’s officially Miami hate week. The Noles opened as -14 betting favorites, with an over/under points total of 51.5.
Those odds imply a 33-19 win for FSU football. The Noles were -17.5 betting favorites way way back when early betting lines got released before the season started. Many questions are surrounding the Miami program.
Will Tyler Van Dyke continue to be the starting quarterback after woeful performances the past few weeks? Would they risk running freshman QB Emory Jones out there on the road against arguably the best defense they’ve faced? Jones helped Miami upset Clemson a few weeks ago.
Also, how healthy will the FSU offensive line be, along with Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson? I fully expect both receivers to play against Miami. This is a game I’ve been anticipating for some time, as others thought Miami was better than they were.
The soft schedule Miami played early helped disguise many of their flaws, and I told folks how overrated Texas A&M was.
That’s the win Miami fans hung their hats on, and A&M is a four-loss team. Be sure to check Chop Chat each day for more coverage and analysis of this rivalry game.