No. 5 FSU football will enter the Orange Bowl against the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs as +20 point betting underdogs. The over/under points total is 44.5, which implies a 34-10 Georgia win. The game opened Georgia -14 betting favorites and an over/under of 45.5. The points spread has swelled by nearly a touchdown and the points total has only gone down one point. That's likely because FSU's backup quarterback, Tate Rodemaker, entered the transfer portal, and FSU's top three receiving options declared for the 2024 NFL Draft. FSU's top running back, Trey Benson, also declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.
FSU featured one of the top defenses in all of college football in 2023, but much of that defense will be intact. Jared Verse, Fabien Lovett, Jarrian Jones, Renardo Green, and Akeem Dent have declared for the 2024 NFL Draft. A lot of folks have blamed these guys for not playing in the game, but I can't blame them when the College Football Playoff Committee declared the hardwork they put in the first 13 games didn't matter. As you can see, that's a lot of firepower, and why this game would likely have had a betting line near +7.5 or +8 if both teams were at full strength. Can FSU pull off the upset? I'm not predicting they will, but it's not impossible. Here are three reasons they could pull it off.