The 2017 college football season is less than three months away with media days starting in mid-July to kick-start prediction season among college football writers and analysts. The sportsbooks, however, don’t wait for expert picks or preseason previews to start setting the expectations for the fall, releasing title odds and win totals throughout the offseason.
We’re going to be making individual team picks for all of the Power Five conferences using the full 130-team FBS list. Today, we turn our focus to the ACC.
Florida State Seminoles
— 9.5 (Over): Where is your confidence with
? That is probably the key question when projecting Florida State’s success in 2017, because the Seminoles should be favored in at least 10 games, in large part due to an elite defensive unit led by both established stars (
) and soon-to-be household names like 6-foot-1, 312-pound nose guard
. It’s a group that could win the ACC Atlantic with a game manager, but I’m of the mindset that Francois will show significant improvement and while beating
Alabama Crimson Tide
seems unlikely right now, the idea FSU could win the next 11 isn’t that far-fetched.
— 9.5 (Under): The amount of breaks it takes to win 28-of-30 games requires some sort of return to the mean. Clemson will have the best defensive line in the country but the reboot of the offensive personnel and a schedule that includes Florida State,
and a road trip to
NC State Wolfpack
. And it’s in that NC State game that I think we’ll see one of a few breaks go…