The Seminoles received the majority of the votes from the media as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Division. Virginia Tech was the pick to win the Coastal Division of the ACC and the Hokies are the overall favorite in college football odds to win the ACC.
College football betting lines are likely to favor the Seminoles quite big in 2010. They return quarterback Christian Ponder who was voted as the ACC’s Player of the Year by the media. He is even being mentioned as a Heisman Trophy contender. The media could be overrating the Seminoles a little bit. They finished just 7-6 last season which was their third season in the past four in which they lost at least six games. Last season Ponder was looking great until suffering a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the last four games of the year.
The biggest difference in Florida State this year will be on the sidelines. No longer will Bobby Bowden be calling the shots at Florida State. He has retired and Jimbo Fisher has taken over. That might not be a bad thing considering Bowden should have retired many years ago. Florida State should have an excellent offense led by Ponder and one of the best offensive lines in the country. With Bert Reed making big plays, the Seminoles should put a lot of points on the board. The problem for Florida State is a defense that was 108th in total defense last year. If the Seminoles are to win the ACC this season they have to get better on defense.
Florida State does not have an easy schedule this season but they should have the offensive talent to match up with almost anyone in college football odds. They will get to show that talent in games against Miami and North Carolina in premier ACC games. They also will have to beat Clemson and Boston College in their own division. It is not going to take long to know how good Florida State will be as they face Oklahoma and BYU in the first three weeks of the season. In addition to those two tough non-conference games, the Seminoles also have to face Florida at the end of the season.