|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on NCAAF College football fans will have a climatic finish to the first full weekend of NCAAF betting as #19 Florida State hosts Miami in an ACC matchup of top contenders. College football handicappers will have a rare treat of such a NCAAF betting matchup of powers in the first game of the season for both teams. Florida State opened as a 6-point favorite for this college football matchup with a NCAAF betting total of 47.5.
While Miami is not ranked expectations are high for the Hurricanes to contend for the ACC coastal division title. Head coach Randy Shannon enters his 3rd college football betting season at the helm of the Hurricanes and has 8 starters returning on offense and 7 starters returning on defense. Miami finished the 2008 college football season with a record of 7-6 straight up and 5-7 against the spread. They did earn a college football bowl berth and lost to California in the Emerald Bowl by a score of 17-24 but covered the spread as 10-point dogs. Shannon has a college football head coaching record of 12-13.
The Florida State Seminoles enter the 2009 college football season as one of the favorites to take the ACC Atlantic division title. Last year FSU finished 9-4 straight up and 6-5 against the spread. They finished the 2008 season in style with a 42-13 blowout win and cover over Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl as 6 point chalks. The Seminoles return 8 starters on offense and 5 on defense. Bobby Bowden returns for his 34th college football season at Florida State where he has a career record of 309-91-4. Bowden has a total of 351 college football career wins.
Christian Ponder returns at quarterback for the Seminoles. Last year as a sophomore he was inconsistent with a 56% completion ratio and 14 touchdown passes with 13 interceptions. FSU lost its top two rushers and top receiver from last year but has plenty of experienced players to step up.
Jacory Harris is the sophomore quarterback of the Miami Hurricanes that saw a fair amount of action last year. He completed 61% of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as a true freshman.