The Florida State Seminoles are still in a rebuilding phase. At least, they are in a rebuilding phase until they conclusively prove they have emerged from it. The past several Florida Stat teams have been mediocre at best. The program has cycled through coaches and struggled to recapture any sense that it is headed in the right direction. They still haven't shown they are ready to reclaim the glories of past successes under Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher.
Coach Mike Norvell is, by all accounts, recruiting better. Now he has to translate that recruiting success into on-field improvements and significant player development. Florida State needs to win at least seven games this season, if not eight, to show that it is on the road back to prominence.
Taking a look at all of the Florida State betting odds that are up on the board, what is the best futures bet for this team in 2022? Let's take a closer look.
How The Team Changed This Offseason
Norvell lost one of his main offensive assistant coaches, Kenny Dillingham, to Oregon, where Dillingham became the new offensive coordinator for Ducks head coach Dan Lanning. It will be interesting to see how the dynamic of the Florida State offense changes without Dillingham.
Defensive lineman Jermaine Johnson, who was a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, is no longer with the program.
Florida State Will Be Successful If…
The offensive line can step up. Offensive line has consistently been this program’s weakness over the past five years. The program can’t develop quarterbacks or get the most out of its offense when the line can’t block and enable the skill players to get the ball in the spots where they want it. Recruiting has fallen off at this position, and player development has not been up to par, either. If the coaches can finally turn the corner on the offensive line, the program will probably turn the corner as well.
Florida State Will Disappoint If…
The incoming transfers don’t make a big impact. Florida State brought in 11 transfers in the offseason, including linebacker Jared Verse. He is expected to be a significant producer for the defense. In the age of the transfer portal, these changes to rosters need to be instantly effective. If not, it’s a waste of a lot of roster spots in a sport where depth is a necessity. Florida State has been noticeably mediocre as a program since 2017. For a program where good results have been hard to come by, each roster transaction needs to add value and move the Seminoles closer to their intended goals.
The One Best Florida State Seminoles Bet Is…
Week 1: Florida State vs. LSU (-3)
Florida State has a very challenging opening game and the NCAAF odds show that they're a dog, but it is also a winnable one. LSU is coached by Brian Kelly, who shocked everyone in college football when he left Notre Dame and took the LSU job.
LSU doesn’t know which quarterback will start in this opening game, so Florida State’s defense has a real chance to limit what LSU can do on offense.
Yet, the game will probably come down to whether the FSU offensive line can block the LSU defensive front. It’s hard to be optimistic about that particular matchup.