Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Turmoil has set in on the Jimbo Fisher era as he enters his six seasons. The West Virginia native has one National Title under his belt. 2015 has turned into the offseason from hell with a bar fight and player suspensions. Florida State went 13-1 last season, 8-0 in Conference play. Florida State participates in the Atlantic Division. Eleven starters return from the 2015 roster, including a Notre Dame transfer at quarterback. Fisher and the integrity of the program are on the line; it is going to be an interesting season in the northern part of the Sunshine State. The Florida State Seminoles plays home games at the 82,300 seat Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.
Four starters return from the 2014 Florida State offense. Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson and Junior Sean Maguire are in a battle to replace Jameis Winston. Wide Receiver Travis Rudolph is set to replace Rashad Greene as the go-to guy in the passing game. The sophomore leads a group of talented, but unproven wideouts. Sophomore running back Dalvin Cook (1,008) rushing yards in 2014 is expected to carry the load on the ground. Cook is currently serving a suspension for a bar fight; his status is uncertain heading into fall camp. offensive tackle Roderick Johnson anchors a group that will feature a couple of Junior College transfers. Despite offseason turmoil, Fisher and the staff are impressed with the 2015 Florida State offense coming into September. The Florida State Seminoles went 3-11 on College Football Expert Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total eight times.
*The FSU offense ranked 39th in the College Football landscape last season, averaging 441.4 yards per contest.
*Florida State went 1-6 Against The Spread in Tallahassee last season.
*The “NOLES” were 2-5 ATS on the road.
*The betting odds total went 0-7 at home in 2014.
*Florida State went over the betting odds total six times away from Doak Campbell last season.
*The Seminoles stayed under the betting odds total once on the road.
*The Seminoles passing game was 14th in the land, putting up 303.3 yards per game through the air.
*Florida State scored 33.7 ppg, 35th in the FBS.
*The FSU running game was 98th in America, with 138.1 yards per contest on the ground.
Senior linebackers Terrance Smith and Reggie Northrup are the leaders of a Seminole defense that returns seven starters. Junior defensive end DeMarcus Walker has superstar written all over him but does he have the work ethic to become elite? The Florida State secondary is as strong as alway’s; Junior Jalen Ramsey moves to the cornerback position that will maximize his talents. Safeties Nate Andrews and Tyler Hunter will also be imposing forces. The Florida State defense must be aggressive on every snap this season. Last season the defense played down to opposing offenses.
*The Seminoles defense was 63rd in College Football last season, allowing 396.9 yards per contest.
*The FSU passing attack gave up 226.8 yards per contest through the air, 60th in the FBS.
*Florida State gave up 25.6 ppg, 50th in the country.
*The Seminoles run defense was 73rd nationally, giving up 170.1 yards per game on the ground.
*Florida State has a favorable non-conference schedule. The “NOLES” are at in-state rival Florida on November 28th.
*Florida State hosts Miami and Louisville in the middle of October.
Bovada lists the Florida State Seminoles at over/under nine and a half wins in 2015.
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