Florida State (@3.6) vs Virginia (@1.3)

Our Prediction:

Virginia will win

Florida State – Virginia Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 19:30

As a freshman, he really took care of the ball well, Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen explained to Richmond.com.

That would be quite a one-year turnaround, but it's not out of the question. On the other hand, FSU is one of a handful of programs in the country with the requisite talent to make a legitimate run at a national title. So where does that leave FSU this year? If new coach Willie Taggart can't get a young team to jell, and Francois is rusty upon returning from injury, another seven- or eight-win season is on the table against a difficult schedule.

The Hokies open their season on the road in Florida State, and with all the inexperience on the field, it is truly anyones guess who shows up and performs for Virginia Tech. The defense is bound to go through some rough stretches during this game given the new pieces and talent on the other sideline, despite Bud Fosters brilliance. If Jackson can keep the offense on schedule and be efficient in the red zone, Tech has a chance to ride those ups-and-downs over the course of 60 minutes. However, the Hokies would be ecstatic if a different Josh Jackson shows up in game one in Tallahassee.

Bowl Projections

The Seminoles won and covered the spread in their final four games against Delaware State, Florida, Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Mississippi to salvage a 7-6 record and a 4-8 mark against the spread. The university's relationship with head coach Jimbo Fisher was already deteriorating, and the dismal 2017 campaign ensured his exit from Tallahassee at season's end. Starting quarterback Deondre Francois went down in the season opener against Alabama, and it was all downhill from there. And while there were a couple of close losses early on for the Noles, single-digit victories against Wake Forest, Duke and Syracuse were needed to prevent an all-out disaster. We saw Florida State's floor last season, and it wasn't pretty.

But Virginia Tech was 16th in the country in run defense in 2017, and while the defense as a whole experienced serious attrition this offseason, all starters but one return along an excellent defensive front. The strength of FSU's offense is a rushing attack led by Cam Akers, who was a rare bright spot for the team last season with more than 1,000 yards on the ground in his freshman campaign. There's certainly an argument to be made for the Hokies keeping this one close.

His first major task was naming a starting quarterback following a competition between Deondre Francois, the breakout star of two years ago, and James Blackman, who filled in admirably for the injured Francois last season. Willie Taggart makes his debut as Florida State's head coach following a one-year stop at Oregon. And what critical factor makes one side a must-back? We can tell you Hunt is leaning Under, but he also knows there's a critical factor that determines which side of the spread is a must-back, and he's only sharing it at SportsLine. The defense returns five starters from a unit that ranked fourth in scoring at 14.8 points per game. Visit SportsLine now to see which side you should jump on Monday, all from a seasoned expert who is 7-1 picking Florida State games. The Seminoles are seven-point favorites, the same as where the line opened at many outlets. But they came up short of a repeat trip last year, felled by back-to-back losses at Miami and Georgia Tech. Junior cornerback Levonta Taylor will be charged with leading the youth-heavy secondary. More importantly, he has been locked in on the tendencies of the Seminoles, with an incredible 7-1 spread record in their games over the past two seasons. Josh Jackson returns at quarterback following a solid but sometimes unsteady campaign as a true freshman. ET when they host the Virginia Tech Hokies in a prime-time showcase. He excelled early, but struggled late down the stretch against top-tier opponents. Virginia Tech picks, listen to what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.His expertise has earned him the nicknamed "The Czar of the Playbook," and Hunt already has spent endless hours breaking down the rosters of every FBS club. Who covers Virginia Tech-Florida State? But the core has been depleted by the NFL departures of stars such as Tremaine Edmunds and Tim Settle. Now, he's zeroed in on Monday's game and locked in a strong against the spread pick that's only available at SportsLine.Hunt knows that Taggart's teams are historically known for their speed and physicality, and there's no reason to expect anything different at Florida State. Taggart named Francois the starter last week. Anyone who has followed him is up big. The defense is young and inexperienced and could start as many as five sophomores. Secondary standouts Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden have moved on to the NFL. The over-under for total points scored is 55, up from an initial offering of 50 after heavy action on the over. FSU lost to Alabama, 24-7, in their season-opener last year.Meanwhile, Hunt also knows the Hokies are looking to vault back into contention for the ACC championship after they reached the title game in Fuente's first season. The Florida State Seminoles enter a new era Monday at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente looks to lead the Hokies back into ACC title contention in his third season. Before you make any Florida State vs.

Virginia had no trouble picking up Tony Bennetts 300th career win and the Cavaliers cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 50-25 halftime lead. Virginia shot 53.2% from the field and outrebounded Marshall by a 45-23 margin in the victory. The 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers stayed perfect on the season, improving to 12-0 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd, 100-64, this past Monday. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Kyle Guy who had 30 points & 8 rebounds.

The offense is in better shape with seven starters returning, but both of its all-conference selections from last season are gone. It has become very difficult to imagine a Virginia Tech team with a losing record, given that the program hasn't had a sub-.500 season since 1992, but this year's outfit will need to overcome significant obstacles to reach the Hokies' usual level of excellence.

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This is truly a fantastic opportunity for the Hokies to start their run for the Coastal division crown off on the right foot, especially given Miamis stinker of a performance last night. Unfortunately, I just see the away environment and the rocky uncertainty of how the inexperienced will perform as a deck stacked slightly too tall for the Hokies to overcome. I would take the points, though (for you gamblers out there).

The public betting is strongly with Virginia tonight as well. Florida State has an offense that could cause problems for Virginia, but the Cavs have been so locked in that I am going to continue to ride their hot streak. If someone is going to find a weakness in the FSU offense, it is Virginia. They have kept their last 10 opponents under 65 points, which includes a road trip at Duke and a home game with UNC. Florida State has won the last two meetings with Virginia, but the two havent met since 2016.

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