ESPN Monday Night College Football Odds: Florida State vs. Pittsburgh Print
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Monday, 02 September 2013 13:00
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Florida State vs. Pitt Odds

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PITTSBURGH, PA (The Spread) – The first week of the college football season ends on Monday night when Pittsburgh hosts No. 11 Florida State at 8PM ET.

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Pittsburgh is coming off a 6-7 record in 2012 in which it went 8-5 against the spread. Florida State was 12-2 last year and went just 5-8 against the spread. Pitt is 5-3 all-time against Florida State, but the teams have no recent meetings.

Trends show that Florida State is 1-6 against the spread in its last 7 games in September and 0-6 ATS in its last 6 road games. Pittsburgh is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 home games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Florida State is the favorite on the road, as the Seminioles have odds of -11 points against Pitt. The over/under total for the game has been set at 49 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Florida State favored by 10 points. The spread was never lower than that and is currently at its peak of FSU -11. The over/under total for this game opened at 49 points. It fluctuated between that and 49.5 points before closing at 49.

Florida State enters its fourth season with Jimbo Fisher as head coach. The Seminoles had a 12-2 season last year with an ACC Championship and BCS bowl victory. This year’s team has 12 starters back from that team. On offense, Florida State returns a lot up front and its leading two receivers, but the Seminoles have a new quarterback and starting running back. FSU turns the offense over to redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. Defensively, Florida State has just four starters back from a defense that only allowed 14.7 points per game in 2012. The unit does return leading tackler Christian Jones, who had 95 tackles with seven tackles for loss last year. The issue for the Seminoles will be up front, where they lost all four starters.

Pittsburgh is making the jump to the ACC this season after going 6-7 in its final year with the Big East. This year’s team has 14 starters back from that squad. Offensively, the team has five starters back, but the Panthers have to replace a number of key skill positions. The Panthers will turn to senior Tom Savage to run the offense at quarterback. He will be breaking in a new starting quarterback and loses three of Pitt’s top four receivers from last year. Defensively Pitt has eight starters back from a group that held opponents to just 21.1 points per game. The team will be led by senior safety Jason Hendricks, who had a team-high 90 tackles and six interceptions in 2012.

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In terms of Injuries, Florida State tight ends Jeremy Kerr and Kevin Haplea are both out with knee injuries. Pittsburgh running back Isaac Bennett is questionable with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Florida State, as the Seminoles are getting 81% of the wagers with odds of -11 points against Pittsburgh.

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