2009 College Football Odds: Florida State had their best finish since 2004 last season, going 9-4 and finishing second in the ACC's Atlantic division with a 5-3 conference record. The Seminoles capped off the year with a 42-13 beat down of the Wisconsin Badgers in the Champs Sports Bowl. Online bookmaker Sportsbetting.com has the team's 2009 regular season win total set at 8 with the under a -170 favorite in their FSU Seminoles 2009 College Football Odds.
The Florida State offense should be as good or better than it was a season ago as eight starters return from a unit that averaged 33.4 points per game. Christian Ponder, who threw for 2006 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions last year, is back under center. Ponder also ran for 423 yards and four scores. While his passing numbers were pedestrian, he is sure to have improved as he was just a sophomore.
The top two rushers and top two receivers are gone from the squad, but a great deal of young talent is back at the skill positions. Jermaine Thomas will start at tailback after rushing for 482 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman in 2008. Wideouts Taiwan Easterling and Bert Reed combined for 53 receptions, 617 yards, and four touchdowns in their freshmen campaigns.
Florida State also returns a deep and highly experienced offensive line.
The Seminoles defense was one of the better units in the ACC last year. The group held opposing squads to an average of 20.2 points and 295 yards per game. Just five starters are back, and unfortunately for Bowden, he loses his top three tacklers as well as his top two sackers (defensive ends Everette Brown – 13.5 and Neefy Moffett – 5.5).
In spite of the losses, the team should more than hold its own this season. The defensive line returns end Markus White and also welcomes top recruit Jacobbi Mc Daniel while the linebacking corps is loaded with top prospects, including Nigel Bradham and Kendall Smith.
The secondary might be the most experienced group on the team as it will have three senior starters.
The Seminoles open the season on September 7th with a home game against arch rival Miami, Fl.
FSU Seminoles Regular Season Win Total:
Over 8 (+140)
Under 8 (-170)
FSU Seminoles Odds to Win the ACC Championship:
FSU Seminoles BCS Odds 2010:
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