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Florida State Seminoles – ACC Preview

by Alexander Banks on Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Florida State Seminoles - ACC PreviewAfter their worst season since 1981 Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden realized change was needed. The coaching staff has been overhauled in an attempt to bring FSU football back to their old prominence. SportsBetting.com has the Florida State Seminoles at 30 to 1 odds to win the 2008 BCS.

New offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will open up the playbook and try to create more big plays from what has been a stagnant offense. The QB position is still up in the air but the either Drew Weatherford, 6-3 220, or Xavier Lee, 6-4 235, will be the guy. Weatherford is terribly inaccurate and has been a major disappointment. Xavier Lee is a big, strong, mobile passer that has a rocket for an arm.

The tailback duties will be in the hands of 4.3 flyer Antone Smith, 5-9 190. Smith runs hard with a nice pad level and he should be FSU’s first 1,000 yard rusher this year since 1996. The Noles have a nice receiver combo with tall, sure handed Greg Carr and the physical De’Cody Fagg. The offensive line is a work in progress but should be moderately improved after last years weak performance.

FSU will remain a no frills 4-3 defense that hits with authority. The D-line looks vicious with a deep talented unit in place. The best is DT Andre Fluellen who is a force on the inside. Four Seminoles linebackers have been plucked by the NFL in the last two years but Florida State continues to reload. OLB Geno Hayes, 6-2 215, should be an all-american this year and will be playing on sundays next year.
The secondary is sound with all four starters returning. S Myron Rolle, 6-2 218, has star quality with his instincts and physicality. The corners Tony Carter, 5-9 160, and Jamie Robinson, 6-2 190, are good cover corners that can blanket wideouts. The kicking games is adequate and the return games should be above average.

Brad Marchetti’s Opening Game Florida State Seminoles Power Ratings: 20-80 Scale

20- Poor
30- Well Below Average
40- Below Average
50- Average
60- Above Average
70- Very Good
80- Great

Coaching: 65
Quarterback : 60
Backs : 65
Receivers : 65
Offensive Line : 55
Defensive Line : 65
Linebackers : 65
Secondary : 65
Special Teams : 60

SportsBetting.com has posted college football betting odds to win the 2008 BCS:

Alabama
100 – 1

Arizona
300 – 1

Arizona St
50 – 1

Arkansas
60 – 1

Auburn
100 – 1

BYU
300 – 1

Boise St
100 – 1

Boston College
200 – 1

California
40 – 1

Clemson
100 – 1

Colorado
200 – 1

Florida
8 – 1

Florida St
30 – 1

Georgia
35 – 1

Georgia Tech
75 – 1

Hawaii
300 – 1

Iowa
100 – 1

Kansas St
300 – 1

LSU
6 – 1

Louisville
20 – 1

Maryland
300 – 1

Miami FL
30 – 1

Michigan
8 – 1

Missouri
25 – 1

Nebraska
40 – 1

North Carolina St
300 – 1

Notre Dame
60 – 1

Ohio St
30 – 1

Oklahoma
12 – 1

Oklahoma St
50 – 1

Oregon
50 – 1

Oregon St
300 – 1

Penn St
40 – 1

Pittsburgh
300 – 1

Purdue
300 – 1

Rutgers
75 – 1

South Carolina
75 – 1

South Florida
100 – 1

TCU
100 – 1

Tennessee
45 – 1

Texas
10 – 1

Texas A&M
60 – 1

Texas Tech
300 – 1

UCLA
35 – 1

USC
5 – 2

Virginia Tech
30 – 1

Wake Forest
300 – 1

West Virginia
8 – 1

Wisconsin
30 – 1

Field (Any Other Team)
100 – 1

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