Florida State football received its new schedule just over a month ago, and on it was a new season opener: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The teams haven’t played since the 2015 season (when something significant happened at the end of the game that I can’t quite remember at the moment), with the Yellow Jackets traveling to Tallahassee for the first time since 2009, a 49-44 Georgia Tech win.
The last game decided by more than 7 points between the two schools was 2002 (a 21-13 Florida State victory.)
“We’re playing a Georgia Tech team that’s in the second year with their coaching staff, a coaching staff that’s had a lot of success throughout their career,” Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said last week during a press conference. “I was actually in the same league with (Georgia Tech head coach Geoff) Collins when he was at Temple. We never had the opportunity of playing each other but I got the opportunity to see his team play quite a bit.”
“Since the schedule has come out we’ve been able to do a lot of background as a coaching staff, going back through the last three years at Temple, Georgia Tech, really evaluating personnel and overall just study of schemes, stuff like that.”
“They’re in the second year of the transition that we’re in. The physical development, the confidence of what those guys have planted....they had some good wins last year and you know that confidence they’re going to bring into year 2 with what their expectation is is something that they’re going to come out and they’re going to start fast.”
After opening as an 11-point favorite Florida State, in updated lines, is now a consensus 13.5 point favorite over the Yellow Jackets, according to Vegas Insider. The over/under is set at 50.5 total points.
As far as futures odds go, Vegas Insider has FSU set at a win total of 7.5, while Superbook Sports has the Seminoles at 40-1 odds to take the ACC title.