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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Virginia Tech 9-4 6-7 40.00 14.77 25.23 4-3 2-4 3-9-1 1-5-1 2-4
Florida State 7-6 4-8-1 14.00 21.23 -7.23 3-4 1-4-1 6-7 4-3 2-4
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
VTECH 12.68 21.64 -8.96
FLAST 22.57 15.59 6.98
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
VTECH 15.01 14.96 0.05
FLAST 11.90 10.46 1.44
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
VTECH 4.55 3.39 1.16
FLAST 2.72 3.78 -1.06
Team Records

Virginia Tech Hokies

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-4 6-1 3-3 6-7 4-3 2-4 28.15 14.77 13.38
vs Conf 5-3 3-1 2-2 3-5 2-2 1-3 23.13 15.13 8.00
Last 3 2-1 1-0 1-1 1-2 0-1 1-1 17.00 14.67 2.33

Florida State Seminoles

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-6 4-3 3-3 4-8-1 3-4 1-4-1 27.85 21.23 6.62
vs Conf 3-5 1-3 2-2 0-7-1 0-4 0-3-1 19.50 25.13 -5.63
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 40.67 15.00 25.67

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 28.15 69 21.23 30
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 245.50 44 221.00 75
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 175.50 44 117.00 28
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 27.85 71 14.77 4
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 219.71 79 219.83 51
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 204.86 35 136.50 26

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Virginia Tech 2-5 3-4 6-1 27.71 128.29 3.10 30.43 54.46 251.14 379.43 1.86
Florida State 5-2 4-3 6-1 30.71 60.57 2.07 31.43 56.82 257.71 318.29 1.43

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 8, 2012 FLAST VTECH 28-22 -15 326 311 2 87 298 385 3
Dec 4, 2010 FLAST VTECH 33-44 53 288 341 2 179 263 442 0
Oct 25, 2008 VTECH FLAST 20-30 82 161 243 2 89 159 248 0
Nov 10, 2007 FLAST VTECH 21-40 116 151 267 3 188 207 395 1
Dec 3, 2005 FLAST VTECH 27-22 47 225 272 0 41 335 376 2
Jan 1, 2002 VTECH FLAST 17-30 43 269 312 2 104 326 430 2
Jan 4, 2000 VTECH FLAST 29-46 278 225 503 3 30 329 359 1

College Football Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Virginia Tech Hokies

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 28, 2017 OKLAST 21-30 L 6.5/60.5 L/U 248 270 518 141 351 492 2 A
Nv 24, 2017 VIRGNA 10-0 W -6.5/48.5 W/U 202 143 345 5 186 191 0 A
Nov 18, 2017 PITT 20-14 W -14/48.5 L/U 157 218 375 55 311 366 -1 H
Nv 11, 2017 GATECH 22-28 L -3/47.5 L/O 105 153 258 261 140 401 -1 A
Nov 4, 2017 MI-FL 10-28 L 2.5/49.5 L/U 102 197 299 219 210 429 1 A

Florida State Seminoles

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 27, 2017 S.MISS 42-13 W -11.5/48 W/O 214 238 452 131 129 260 -1 H
Dec 2, 2017 UL.MON 42-10 W -25.5/63.5 W/U 305 199 504 38 262 300 2 H
Nov 25, 2017 FLA 38-22 W -5/43.5 W/O 88 128 216 96 184 280 -3 A
Nv 18, 2017 DELAST 77-6 W -51/ 246 236 482 15 177 192 -2 H
Nov 11, 2017 CLEM 14-31 L 16/44.5 L/O 21 208 229 227 151 378 0 A

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

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