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College Football Betting Preview: Florida State Seminoles vs. Southern Miss Eagles

September 9, 2023


This matchup features a pair of 1-0 teams as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles travel to take on the Florida State Seminoles in week 2 of the college football season. Southern Miss won at home against the Alcorn State Braves by a score of 40-14 while Florida State had arguably the most impressive win in week 1 of the college football season with a win against the LSU Tigers by a score of 45-24. 

Will the Seminoles win in a blowout at home or will the Golden Eagles keep the game closer than expected? Let’s take a look at how these teams fared in week 1.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 40-14 win at home against the Alcorn State Braves while covering the 24-point spread as a home favorite. Southern Miss scored 40 points while compiling 456 total yards offensively which included 301 passing yards and 155 rushing yards while allowing the Braves to score 14 points while giving up 226 total yards defensively which included 44 passing yards and 182 rushing yards. 

Billy Wiles led the team in passing, completing 22 of 29 attempts for 272 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Rodrigues Clark led the team in rushing with nine carries for 54 yards. Jakarius Caston led the team in receiving, catching five of seven targets for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Florida State enters this game ranked 4th in the AP Poll and 5th in the Coaches Poll following a 45-24 win against the LSU Tigers in week 1 of the college football season while covering the 2-point spread as an underdog by winning the game outright. 

The Seminoles scored 45 points while compiling 495 total yards offensively which included 359 passing yards and 136 rushing yards while allowing the Tigers to score 24 points while allowing 460 total yards defensively which included 347 passing yards and 113 rushing yards. Jordan Travis led the team in passing, completing 23 of 31 attempts for 342 yards with four touchdowns and one interception while adding 38 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven attempts. 

Trey Benson led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 47 yards. Keon Coleman led the team in receiving, catching nine of 11 targets for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

BookMaker has the Florida State Seminoles listed as 31-point favorites at home against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday in week 2 of the college football season. Florida State has won both games in the series while winning by an average score of 48 to 13.5 and going 2-0 ATS in those matchups with the most recent matchup occurring in 2017 which resulted in a 42-13 win for Florida State Seminoles while covering the spread as a 11.5-point favorite at home. 

Southern Miss is 1-0 ATS overall this season after finishing last year with a record of 10-3 ATS overall, 5-1 ATS on the road, and 6-1 ATS as an underdog while the Florida State Seminoles are 1-0 ATS overall this season after finishing last season with a record of 8-5 ATS overall, 3-4 ATS at home, and 6-4 ATS as a favorite.

Florida State looked like one of the best teams in a statement win against the LSU Tigers in week 1 as the Seminoles won by a score of 45-24 while Southern Miss also won their week 1 matchup while covering the spread against the Alcorn State Braves. Florida State is the superior team in this matchup and I look for them to get an easy win and cover against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at home which is why I will be taking the Florida State Seminoles on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: Florida State Seminoles -31