Florida State, who price per head agents saw played through suspensions and plenty of controversy, are currently 5-0 this season in their bid to defend their status as national champions. In the team’s last four games on the road, they’re also 3-1 ATS, something that shows that good teams who give spreads that are shorter than usual are good choices to bet on. This week, the Seminoles are again in that position when they go to Syracuse to take on the Orange on Saturday.
Many sportsbooks opened FSU’s betting line with them being the 20-point favorites.
Florida State are currently 5-0 after they destroyed Wake Forest 43-3 last week, and were able to cover the spread as the favorites by 37 points. Wake Forest got the game’s first three points, and then 43 were scored by the Seminoles.
The Seminoles were able to outgain Wake Forest and their Demon Deacons 475-126, and when it came to third-down conversions, they were 10-of-18. Two weeks ago, Florida State gave NC State an early lead of 24-7. Then they properly bounced back for a win of 56-41, and were -16, so they almost covered. Florida State had a 43-point average in the four games that Jameis Winston started for the team this season.
This year, the Syracuse Orange had a 2-0 start, but recently they were seriously struggling, as the team’s schedule became more difficult. Syracuse was able to outgain Maryland three weeks ago by more than 200 yards, and many fans were very upset when they saw the Orange lose the game after giving up a couple of chances for very big plays.
A couple of weeks ago at MetLife Stadium, Syracuse gave Notre Dame a very nice game, even though they weren’t able to cover as the underdogs by 10 points.
Price per head agents saw that last week, the Orange were six points behind Louisville late in the game’s third quarter, but they conceded the game’s last 16 points. If Syracuse is able to limit big plays made by Florida State, maybe making a few themselves, as well as making a huge effort throughout the game, the Orange could cover.