College football gambling line makers opened this matchup with Florida State as a 6-point chalk against the NCAA football odds with a total of 47.5. Florida State is ranked 19th in the polls and has sky high expectations for a run at the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic division title this year.
The Seminoles return 8 starters on offense for the 2009 college football gambling season led by junior quarterback Christian Ponder, who was voted the Seminoles offensive most valuable player last year. Last year Ponder hit on 56% of his passes for 2006 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Ponder also ran for 597 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2008. Sophomore Jermaine Thomas returns to the Florida State backfield where he ran for 7 yards per carry and 3 touchdowns last year. One point of college football gambling concern for Florida State against the NCAA football odds is that they only return 5 starters on defense.
The Miami Hurricanes also have high college football gambling expectations as they are expected to contend for the ACC coastal division title. Sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris is coming off a fine college football gambling season as a true freshman in which he hit on 61% of his passes for 1195 yards with 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Miami returns its top 4 receivers from the 2008 college football gambling season as well as their top rusher, junior Graig Cooper, who had 888 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a 4.9 yards per carry average last year. The Hurricanes could have one of the most explosive offenses in college football gambling with 8 starters returning.
The defense returns 7 starters. In this head to head college football gambling series Miami has covered 4 out of their last 5 trips to Florida State and the underdog has gotten the cash in 7 consecutive meetings between the two teams. This series has gone under the total in 6 out of their last 8 games.
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