Boise State vs. Florida State College Football Predictions, Tips & Preview
We have Boise State vs. Florida State College Football Predictions for the opening week NCAAF games this weekend.
Week 1 of the 2019 NCAA season brings a matchup never seen before. The Boise State Broncos will face the Florida State Seminoles in TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida at 7 PM ET.
Boise State made a name for themselves knocking off power 5 schools in big time bowl games and looking to do the same in this matchup. Florida State is a historic program with a storied past looking to shake the disappointing season last year.
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Boise State finished 10-3 last year and lost in the Mountain West championship last year. This year they are projected to return back to the Mountain West title game.
Boise State has won 10 games in 4 of 5 years under coach Harsin. They need to replace two great players at premium positions as they’ve lost both their starting QB and RB to the NFL.
The Broncos have yet to announce their QB but Chase Cord is the projected favorite. Cord is coming off an ACL tear last season and will be looking to make a name for himself.
A pair of juniors will look to fill the role at RB for the Broncos. A committee RB is likely. Boise State has had a 1000 yard rusher for the last 10 seasons.
Congratulations @moaconstrictor_ on being named 2019 Team Captain by your teammates!
— Bryan Harsin (@CoachHarsin) August 22, 2019
The offensive line will be well experienced as they return all 5 starters. The wide outs have consist of versatile threats including big play maker in John Hightower who had six 40 yard-plus scores last season.
A strength of the Broncos will be their defense, returning 9 starters and anchored by preseason All American Curtis Weaver. Up front they will have experience at D tackle. Sixth year David Moa will make his return after an 8.5 sack season in 2016.
Three reliable DBs return in the secondary this year as well.
The Broncos have been simulating the Florida heat at their practice facility to get ready for this matchup as well.
Boise State is 2-2 all-time vs ACC opponents. Boise State is 7-1 in their last 8 games. The Broncos are 5-0 ATS as an underdog playing as underdogs. Boise St was 7-5-1 ATS last season and the over hit only 39%. Since 2010 60-58-1 ATS and over hit 50% of the time.
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Florida State is coming off a 5-7 record in which they ended a incredible bowl streak of 36 years. The program looks to bounce back under Willie Taggart in his second season.
Like Boise St, Florida St. has yet to make a QB decision. Top choices are James Blackmon and transfer Alex Hornibrok from Wisconsin. Blackmon is the likely starter he played in four games last season.
Taggart has brought in a new coordinator and multiple new coaches all positions offensively. FSU best skill position players are RB Cam Akers who was great as a freshman and disappointing as a sophomore last season.
WR Tamorrion Terry is threat outside as he caught 8 TDs last season. Offensive success will depend on the improved O line. They struggled last season but some new additions and return from injury will be key players in the push upfront.
FSU was bad against the pass and mediocre against the run on defense last season. The best player upfront is Marvin Wilson, he will be returning from knee injuries.
The linebackers have played poorly last few years but Dontavious Jackson looks to change that. The secondary gave up 30 TDs last season that will need to be shored up to have success defensively.
Florida St. is 4-0 vs Mountain West teams all time. FSU is 1-4 ATS and straight up in its last 5. FSU was 4-8 ATS last season and 57-59-2 since 2010. The over hit 67% of FSU games last season and 47% sicne 2010.
Boise State vs. Florida State Betting Trends
- Florida State are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games.
- Boise State are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in August.
- Under is 5-0 in Boise State’s last 5 games overall.
- Over is 4-1 in Florida State’s last 5 games overall.
Boise State vs. Florida State College Football Predictions
This is a tough game to call. Florida St will be playing much closer to home and feel a tad more comfortable but Boise St won’t be threatened playing against a big program.
The game will be a message for the rest of the ACC as Florida St looks to reenter the conversation as a good football team. Florida State has enough weapons to get the ball in the end zone.
Defense will need to shore up its deficits last season, however a new QB and RB for Boise St won’t be incredible threats.
Boise St vs. Florida State College Football Predictions: Florida State -5.5 (-105) at BetOnline