MON 9/3 | 8:00 PM EDT | DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUM
There are some things to be optimistic about in Blacksburg, including the progression of gifted quarterback Josh Jackson as he enters his redshirt sophomore season.Three senior starters on the offensive line, jackson’s growing connection with wideouts (and fellow sophomores) Sean Savoy and Hezekiah Grimsley.. But between graduations and injuries, things are looking bleak on the defensive side of the ball. Though long-time defensive coordinator Bud Foster is the guy you’d want leading an inexperienced unit, and the schedule lines up nicely for the Hokies.
- Hokies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
- Under is 5-1 in Hokies last 6 games overall.
- Under is 4-1 in Hokies last 5 games on grass.
As last season began with CFP hopes and ended with an Independence Bowl victory that pushed the team over , Willie Taggart takes over a messy situation in Tallahassee,but much of that title-caliber talent is still in town. Cam Akers was one of the most heralded freshman rushers in recent memory last season, and he delivered with over 1,000 rushing yards.But the offense should be fine, a quarterback battle between Deondre Francois and James Blackman could stretch into the season.. The defense, however, has many starters to replace. That paired with a difficult schedule means Taggart has lots working against him in Year 1.
- Seminoles are 0-6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
- Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.
- Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Head to Head:
- Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
- Home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Florida State’s off-season has been all about new coach Willie Taggart. There’s a new level of excitement around the program as well. Now, he hasn’t named a starting QB, but both Deondre Francois and James Blackman are more than capable of getting the job done. What will be different is that the offense will be more of a spread than the pro-style attack used under Jimbo Fisher. The Hokies are more apt to slowing that down, especially with plenty of time to prepare.
Prediction: VIRGINIA TECH +7