FSU Seminoles (19) Host Va Tech Hokies (20) Monday Night

FSU Seminoles

Seminoles and Hokies In Early Season ACC Play

The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Florida State Seminoles play their season openers on Monday. Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium has the Week 1 contest. This game could do a long way in determining who plays in the ACC Championship Game.

Oddsmakers opened the Seminoles as -6.5-point favorites versus the Hokies, while the game’s total opened at 52. The line is now Florida State -7 and the total is at 54. ESPN will televise the game at 8 pm EST.

No. 19 Florida State begins the Willie Taggart era tonight. The 20th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies come to Tallahassee for an ACC showdown. Taggart coaches his third team in three years as he comes over from Oregon to replace Jimbo Fisher.

The Seminoles look to build off a four-game winning streak that ended 2017. They extended their streak of winning seasons to 41. Virginia Tech begins play after going 19-8 in the first two years under coach Justin Fuente.

Seminoles Have Lots of Question Marks

Taggart hands the quarterback reins to junior Deondre Francois. He beat out sophomore James Blackman for the job after missing most of 2017 with a knee injury.

Sophomore running back Cam Akers told reporters of the Seminoles’ offense: “A lot of weapons, a lot of big plays, a lot of touchdowns, and a lot of points. That’s all you can expect.” Akers is back after rushing for 1,024 yards. That was the most ever by a Florida State freshman.

Akers also had seven touchdowns in 2017. The Seminoles are experienced along the offensive line as well. Francois threw for 210 yards against Alabama in last year’s opener before going down with the injury.

He will look to senior receiver Nyqwan Murray who had 40 catches and 604 yards. Junior Keith Gavin chipped in 27 catches and 278 yards.

Hokies Return Some Key Starters

The Hokies will lean on talented quarterback Josh Jackson. He threw for a freshman school record 2,991 yards along with 20 touchdowns last year. They also boast a load of talent that they are excited to test on the big stage early on.

Jackson looks to take a step forward after registering 3,315 yards of total offense. He completed 59.6 percent of his passes last year. He will have plenty of weapons at his disposal.
Sophomore Deshawn McClease had 530 yards and  three TDs last season. He is the leading rusher that returns. Junior Eric Kumah and sophomore Sean Savoy combined for 67 catches for 778 yards in 2017.
Long-time defensive coordinator Bud Foster must introduce seven new starters on his unit. Senior defensive tackle Ricky Walker had 4.5 sacks last year. Junior defensive back Reggie Floyd had 72 tackles and three interceptions return to lead the way.
PREDICTION: Florida State 34, Virginia Tech 27

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Virginia Tech9-46-740.0014.7725.234-32-43-9-11-5-12-4
Florida State7-64-8-114.0021.23-7.233-41-4-16-74-32-4
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Virginia Tech Hokies

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf5-33-12-23-52-21-323.1315.138.00
Last 32-11-01-11-20-11-117.0014.672.33

Florida State Seminoles

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf3-51-32-20-7-10-40-3-119.5025.13-5.63
Last 33-02-01-03-02-01-040.6715.0025.67


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense28.156921.2330
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense245.5044221.0075
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense175.5044117.0028
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense27.857114.774
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense219.7179219.8351
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense204.8635136.5026

Head To Head Summary

Virginia Tech2-53-46-127.71128.293.1030.4354.46251.14379.431.86
Florida State5-24-36-130.7160.572.0731.4356.82257.71318.291.43

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 8, 2012FLASTVTECH28-22-153263112872983853
Dec 4, 2010FLASTVTECH33-445328834121792634420
Oct 25, 2008VTECHFLAST20-30821612432891592480
Nov 10, 2007FLASTVTECH21-4011615126731882073951
Dec 3, 2005FLASTVTECH27-22472252720413353762
Jan 1, 2002VTECHFLAST17-304326931221043264302
Jan 4, 2000VTECHFLAST29-462782255033303293591

College Football Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Virginia Tech Hokies

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 28, 2017OKLAST21-30L6.5/60.5L/U2482705181413514922A
Nv 24, 2017VIRGNA10-0W-6.5/48.5W/U20214334551861910A
Nov 18, 2017PITT20-14W-14/48.5L/U15721837555311366-1H
Nv 11, 2017GATECH22-28L-3/47.5L/O105153258261140401-1A
Nov 4, 2017MI-FL10-28L2.5/49.5L/U1021972992192104291A

Florida State Seminoles

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 27, 2017S.MISS42-13W-11.5/48W/O214238452131129260-1H
Dec 2, 2017UL.MON42-10W-25.5/63.5W/U305199504382623002H
Nov 25, 2017FLA38-22W-5/43.5W/O8812821696184280-3A
Nv 18, 2017DELAST77-6W-51/24623648215177192-2H
Nov 11, 2017CLEM14-31L16/44.5L/O212082292271513780A

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to William & Mary Saturday, September 8
Florida State home to Samford Saturday, September 8

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