Jacksonville State at Florida State: 10/3/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Jacksonville State at Florida State: 10/3/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (0-0) at Florida State Seminoles (0-2)

College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium)

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -26.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will travel to Doak Campbell Stadium to take on the Florida State Seminoles this Saturday afternoon. 

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will kick off their 2020 season after finishing last season with an overall record of 6-6 (3-5 OVC). Jacksonville State started off the season strong, beginning the season with a 5-2 record, however, the Gamecocks struggled down the stretch, losing 4 of their last 5 games of the season. The Ohio Valley Conference decided to postpone their 2020 fall sports schedule, however, OVC teams are allowed to play a 4-game non-conference schedule in which the Gamecocks decided to take advantage of. Jacksonville State’s first game against FIU was cancelled in early September, however, they are scheduled to take the field over the next three weeks.

Jacksonville State will return one of the better QB’s in all of FCS this season in Zerrick Cooper who was a weapon with both his arm and legs last season for the Gamecocks. Last season, Copper completed 59.5% of his passes for 3,404 yards, 28 TD’s & 12 INT while also adding 320 yards & 6 TD’s on the ground. The Gamecocks will be without many of their top receivers from last season, however, do return TE Trae Barry (25 rec, 330 yards, TD). Jacksonville State will hope that WR’s Dave Russell III & Ahmad Edwards can take on more of role in the Gamecocks passing attack. In the backfield, Jacksonville State will return their leading rusher in Michael Matthews (585 rushing yds, 5 TD).

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Defensively, Jacksonville State allowed their opponents to average 27.6 ppg on 380.2 (225.1 passing yds/g; 155.2 rushing yds/g) total yards last season.

The Florida State Seminoles dropped to 0-2 (0-2 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 12th ranked Miami Hurricanes, 52-10, this past Saturday. Florida State had no answers on the defensive end agianst the Hurricanes and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 38-3 margin. Florida State was outgained by a 517-330 margin and committed 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Seminoles was WR Camren McDonald who had 6 receptions for 58 yards and a TD.

On the season, Florida State is averaging 11.5 ppg on 318.5 total yards per game (188.5 passing yds/g; 130.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Florida State has been led by TE Camren McDonald who has 10 receptions for 99 yards and a TD. QB James Blackman has completed 56.5% of his passes for 318 yards, 2 TD, & 2 INT. Outside of Camren McDonald, the top receivers for the Seminoles have been RB Jashaun Corbin (11 rec, 70 yards), Tamorrion Terry (6 rec, 52 yards), and Lawrance Toafili (3 rec, 47 yards). Leading the way for the Florida State backfield has been QB Jordan Travis (13 car, 91 yards), Lawrance Toafili (8 car, 64 yards), and La’Damian Webb (13 car, 39 yards).

Defensively, Florida State is allowing their opponents to average 34.0 ppg on 477.5 total yards (297.0 passing yds/g; 180.5 rushing yds/g).

The Gamecocks are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games when playing as the underdog, however, they are just 2-16 SU in their last 18 games on the road. The Seminoles are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Saturday. 

Florida State has really struggled to begin their season and it certainly has not helped that they have been without their head coach, Mike Norvell, who has had to miss time due to COVID-19. Jacksonville State has a great QB in Zerrick Cooper, however, there is no doubting that the Seminoles are the far more talented team. Florida State should have plenty of motivation to get back on track on this one and between the fact that they will have their head coach back and that I think the offense will have an easier time getting into a good game flow, I think the Seminoles pull away in this one and cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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