Florida State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Florida State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Florida State Seminoles Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Florida State: O/U 7.5 Wins -- Title Odds: NA

The Florida State Seminoles will be looking to improve off of a 2019 season that saw them lose in the Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl to Arizona State.  Florida State finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (6-7), while going (4-4) in ACC play.  The offense averaged 27.9 points per game, which ranked 73rd at the FBS level.  The defense allowed an average of 27.8 points per game, which ranked 67th.  The program is under the direction of Mike Norvell.  Norvell comes over from Memphis. 

The offense is guided by quarterback James Blackman.  Blackman passed for 2,339 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions as a sophomore.  The offense saw 1,000 yard rusher Cam Akers get drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.  Khalan Laborn rushed for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns as a sophomore.  He should see an increase in playing time and compete for the starting role in the backfield for the 2020 season.  Wideout Tamorrion Terry hauled in 60 receptions for 1,188 yards and 9 touchdowns as a sophomore. 

As a team the defense totaled 32 sacks and 8 interceptions.  The defense was carried by defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen.  Nasirildeen recorded 1010 tackles and 2 interceptions as a sophomore.  Defensive tackles Marvin Wilson and Corey Durden each had 5 sacks to lead the team.  Both have eligibility left.  Asante Samuel Jr returns for a junior season, after pacing the secondary as a sophomore with 14 pass break ups. The defensive back also had 48 tackles and 1 interception. 

Let us take a look at the Florida State schedule for the 2020 season.

Sept. 5 West Virginia (in Atlanta)

Sept. 12 Samford

Sept. 19 at Boise State

Oct. 3 at NC State

Oct. 10 Clemson

Oct. 17 Wake Forest

Oct. 24 at Louisville

Oct. 31 Pitt

Nov. 7 at Miami

Nov. 14 Boston College

Nov. 19 at Syracuse

Nov. 28 Florida

The Seminoles open the 2020 season with their non-conference slate.  Florida State plays host to Big 12 member West Virginia.  Florida State will then host FCS member Samford, before hitting the road for a game on the blue turf up in Boise, ID. 

The projected win total is set at 7.5 wins.  Florida State has a great chance to start the season 2-0, with both games being at home.  However, that third game is at Boise State, who has had a solid program over the last so many years. Florida State will be playing a conference that has lesser competition, but Boise State, a Mountain West member will be able to get it done at home.  Boise State has a better team than Florida State does right now. Florida State should be 2-1 heading into ACC play.  

Florida State returns the majority of their key players from a year ago, which should bode well for their ACC slate of games.  Although, don’t expect Florida State to win at home against Clemson or on the road at Louisville.  Florida State doesn’t have a brutal conference schedule.  The Seminoles have a pretty solid chance to win at home against Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, and Boston College at home.  When you look at their road slate, NC State, Miami, and Syracuse all finished below .500 a season ago.  I’m going to take the over here, as Florida State really does have an easy schedule, compared to other conference members.  Coach Mike Norvell should be able to use this season to get the Seminoles back on the right track.   I like the chances for Florida State to go 8-4 on the season, with losses to Boise State, Clemson, Louisville, and Florida.   


Chris’s Pick Over 7.5 Wins

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