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GEORGIA TECH vs. FLORIDA STATE (ACC title game at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC)...Jackets back into title game with 6-6 SU record. Paul Johnson 2-0 vs. FSU but hasn't faced Noles since 2009. FSU only 2-7 vs. line last nine this season, GT had covered last three in 2012 prior to Georgia game. Noles 0-5 vs. spread away from home this season. Tech edge- Georgia Tech, based on team trends.
Fortunately for Florida State and Georgia Tech, neither team needed a win last week to reach Saturday’s ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses to their in-state rivals, with Florida State losing 37-26 to Florida and Georgia Tech falling 42-10 against Georgia. The Yellow Jackets won the ACC Coastal Division despite three conference losses, while the Seminoles blew any chance of reaching the BCS title game when they committed five turnovers in their loss to Florida. The winner advances to the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day, possibly against the Big East champion. Florida State leads the all-time series 12-9-1, with the last four meetings decided by a combined 16 points.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE: Florida State -14, O/U 61.
WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-50s with partly cloudy skies. Winds will be light out of the SE.
ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (10-2, 7-1 ACC): The Seminoles are led by the nation's fourth-most efficient passer in quarterback EJ Manuel, who needs 33 passing yards to reach 3,000 this season. The 6-5 senior threw a season-high three interceptions in the loss against Florida. The Seminoles boast the nation’s second-best defense, allowing 249.42 yards per game, but they’ll be without senior defensive end Cornellius (Tank) Carradine for the rest of the season. Carradine, who leads the Seminoles with 80 tackles, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against the Gators. The secondary is led by cornerback Ronald Darby, who was named the ACC’s top defensive freshman.
ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (6-6, 5-3): The Yellow Jackets rank third in the nation in rushing at 323.3 yards per game, with senior guard Omoregie Uzzi leading an impressive offensive line. Senior quarterback Tevin Washington has 18 rushing touchdowns this season, and the team is hoping to get leading rusher Orwin Smith back after he missed last week’s game against Georgia with a sprained right ankle. Smith, who leads the ACC with an average of nine yards per carry, expects to practice this week and play in the title game. The Yellow Jackets are not as strong on the other side of the ball, where they rank 84th nationally in scoring defense while allowing an average of 31 points.
Morning Cole... I've been reading and catching up on all the awesome info here... Back to your SEC section...
I agree with your thoughts... Georgia has the talent but I also feel Bama will take the game :) I am counting on Sabin, Experience in big games and lastly Bama's talent to win the day. This should be a heck of a game! Hope so since I'll have a house-full watching the SEC Champ game..
Oddsmakers made college football betting history this week, posting an 86.5-point total for the Big 12 showdown between Oklahoma State and Baylor Saturday. That total has since been bet up to 88.5 points as of early Saturday morning.
The massive number is the largest over/under of the season and could be the highest total ever posted for an FBS college football game.
It’s the biggest number posted since 1985 (as far back as our stats database goes) and talking with many Las Vegas veteran oddsmakers, none of them recall a total as large as this Week 14 behemoth.
While the monstrous OSU-BU total may send some bettors running for the under this weekend, the over has been the wise play when it comes to the largest totals in the college football history. Of the 20 highest NCAAF over/under numbers – ranging from 77 to 83 points – the over has posted a 12-7-1 payout.
When you just include totals of 80 points or more, the over/under is a stunning 5-2-1. The most profitable range of totals is numbers between 77.5 and 83, which has gone 11-4-1 over/under.
Baylor is no stranger to 80-point totals, having now been involved in the four biggest over/under numbers in the past 27 years. In fact, the Bears and Cowboys were the former record holders, pushing with an 83-point total in a 59-24 OSU win last October.
This season, Baylor and West Virginia warranted an 82.5-point total in Week 5 (WVU 70, BU 63) and the Bears met with Texas Tech last weekend with an 80-point closing total (BU 52, TTU 45 OT). Those two faced an 82-point over/under in Week 13 of last season.
Here’s a look at the five biggest totals in college football history, going back to 1985:
83 – Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 24 (Oct. 29, 2011)
82.5 – West Virginia 70, Baylor 63 (Sept. 29, 2012)
82 – Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42 (Nov. 26, 2011)
80.5 – Hawaii 53, New Mexico State 13 (Oct. 27, 2007)
80.5 –Houston 70, Tulsa 30 (Nov. 15, 2008)