College football gambling fans were impressed with both teams in week one but each side did much to harm their overall college football betting reputations last week.
Kickoff Saturday is set for 3:35 PM Eastern Time and the game can be seen on ESPNU. Sports-Gambling opened with Florida State as a 9–point favorite.
After clobbering 1-AA Samford 59-6 in week one the Florida State Seminoles lost at Oklahoma 47-17 as 7-point road dogs with the college football odds to be given a stern reality check as to where they really stand among the powers of the sport.
BYU opened with an impressive 23-17 win over a Washington team picked to contend for the Pac 10 title as 1.5-point home dogs. That was followed by a flat 35-14 loss at Air Force last week in which the Cougars were 2-point road dogs.
Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder had a rough go of it at Oklahoma last week as he was 11-28 passing for just 113 yards while throwing back-to-back interceptions on two 3rd quarter throws.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones lit up the Florida State defense for 321 yards in the first half. That is a potentially ominous tell for a matchup against a BYU team known for its passing ability.
Although BYU continued to alternate quarterbacks Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps in the first half as they did in the Washington game, Nelson emerged as head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s choice when the game was close.
Nelson finished with 73 yards passing and 95 yards rushing but had a costly fumble that was a key factor with the college football lines. “I’m disappointed that I couldn’t lead my team a little better,” said Nelson.
Last year Florida State shocked BYU with a 54-28 college football gambling payout as 8.5-point road dogs. BYU has covered 5 out of their last 8 road games and has gone 8-4 against the spread when coming off a straight up loss.
Florida State has covered just 5 out of their last 16 games against the spread at home with 8 out of their last 11 home games going over the total. The Seminoles have gone an impressive 14-6 against the spread when coming off a straight up loss.