Free Week 2 Prediction: Warhawks vs Seminoles Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) UL-Monroe Warhawks vs. Florida State Seminoles (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Florida State -32.0
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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Hurricane Irma has forced this previously scheduled night game to a noon start on Saturday but expect weather conditions to still be sub-par throughout the game.
Outside of the weather, the Seminoles have a bigger issue at hand is this will be their first chance to see what they have at quarterback with Deondre Francois ruled out for the season.
The focus will be on that but the Seminoles also have some issues to iron out on special teams after a poor performance there last week against Alabama.
A late rally by the Warhawks made their 37-29 Week 1 loss to Memphis appear closer than it actually was.
The Warhawks trailed by 23 points to start the fourth quarter before scoring twice in the last 6 minutes with their final score coming with less than a minute on the clock.
There were some bright spots however as UL-Monroe was able to handcuff Memphis’s passing game – holding them to just 97 total passing yards.
They were beaten badly on the ground though as they allowed two 100-yard rushers in the game including 3 touchdown runs of more than 50 yards.
The duo of Warhawk quarterbacks – Caleb Evans and Garrett Smith – both struggled to find consistency but the Warhawks did manage to outgain the Tigers for the game.
The two killers for UL-Monroe were the 4 turnovers and the 319 rushing yards allowed. Both will be major issues against a Florida State team that will certainly look to run the ball – particularly if the weather is poor.
UL-Monroe’s focus will be to capitalize on inexperienced quarterback play for the Seminoles but if they can’t stop the run it won’t matter who is under center.
Florida State Seminoles
There were very high hopes for the Seminoles leading up to their season opener against Alabama.
As if the loss wasn’t discouraging enough, they also lost Francois for the season – who was expected to be a Heisman candidate and the key to a run at the College Football Playoff.
That being said, the Seminoles are far too talented to let the loss of one player dictate how the rest of their season will go – even if that player is Francois.
The Seminoles will now turn to true freshman James Blackman at quarterback. Jimbo Fisher as well as teammates have expressed their confidence in the young talented quarterback.
He will be fortunate enough to have a weaker opponent to get his feet under himself but don’t think that the Seminoles will be playing conservatively with him.
This is surely an opportunity – where they have some leeway with a weak opponent – to see what Blackman can handle before their schedule gets tougher.
The Seminoles still have a tremendous defense – one that was hardly exposed last week against Alabama.
Florida State was mostly exposed with some poor special teams play – something you can be sure Fisher was focusing on this week in practice.
The reality of this 32 point spread shows how well rounded Florida State is even without Francois. That being said, a rainy debut for their true freshman quarterback spells some early struggles.
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• UL-Monroe is 8-5-1 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games.
• Under is 7-3 in Florida State’s last 10 games
• Under is 23-11 in Florida State’s last 34 games on grass
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While Fisher definitely won’t play conservatively, expect him to try to use the run game to open the game up for Blackman. The run game struggled last week against Alabama which is another reason Fisher will try to get them going.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UL-Monroe +32.0
I think the Seminole defense will be on full display – wreaking havoc for the Warhawk quarterbacks. But, I also expect the game to be a little sloppy with the new quarterback and a team searching for its image again after losing Francois.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Florida State 34 – UL-Monroe 14
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