If 2011 college football predictions experts have it right, the Florida State Seminoles will end Virginia Tech's dominating run in the Atlantic Coast Conference. FSU is drawing national attention from pundits that's creating BCS type expectations throughout Noles Nation in coach Jimbo Fisher’s second year as head football coach. FSU is highly ranked in both major preseason Top-25 Polls; 5th in
The Seminoles are coming off a nine-win regular season in 2010 that was capped off with a victory over South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. The 10 combined victories last season give FSU plenty of momentum heading into this campaign. FSU returns 16 starters, evenly split, eight each for the offense and defense. While former quarterback Christian Ponder has moved on to the NFL, his competent understudy, EJ Manuel has been well groomed to take over the reins. Playing as Ponder's backup the past two seasons, Manuel has recorded a 138.7 pass efficiency rating while completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards and six touchdowns. A dual threat, Manuel also has rushed for 366 yards and three touchdowns.
As great as the Seminoles' defense was last year, ranked third nationally in QB sacks and 21st in tackles for loss, there is indication Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops' unit will be better this year. Defensive End Brandon Jenkins a pass rushing force, leads a line which also returns Tackles Jacobbi McDaniel, Anthony McCloud and Everett Dawkins.
Don’t rule out the Seminoles as a participant in the 2012 BCS Championship game. If FSU can get a win over the Oklahoma Sooners, ranked No. 1 in both AP and Coaches polls, they will get more confidence heading into the ACC season. While the ACC is tough, the Seminoles are definitely the class of the league.
FSU opens its season at home against Sun Belt foe Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. ET.
(odds provided courtesy of JustBet.cx
Total FSU 2011 wins (over/under):10 Over (+130) Under 10 (-160)
FSU odds to win ACC Atlantic Div: -600
FSU odds to win ACC Championship: +150
FSU odds to win BCS Championship: +900