FLORIDA ST over UL-Mon­roe by 35

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Far more dis­turb­ing than the Semi­noles’ 24-7 loss to Alabama in last Satur­day’s sea­son opener was the sight of FSU quar­ter­back Deon­dre Fran­cois ly­ing on the turf in the late go­ing, un­able to move. After knee surgery, Fran­cois will be lost for the sea­son, and while most col­lege foot­ball fans hate to see a proven warrior go down so early in the cam­paign, con­fer­ence foes like Clem­son, Louisville and Mi­ami are breath­ing a sigh of relief. With the Hur­ri­canes com­ing to town in just two weeks, to­day’s con­test against ULM will give Florida State backup QB James Black­man some much needed reps be­fore bat­tling against tougher op­po­nents. If Black­man starts this week, he’ll be only the sec­ond true fresh­man to start a game for FSU (last was Chip Ferguson against Mi­ami in 1985). And of the four QBs be­hind Fran­ciose on the depth chart, NONE of them has started a col­lege game. Mon­roe played well to kick off HC Matt Vi­a­tor’s sec­ond yea, los­ing by only 8 points on the road to 29-point fa­vorite Mem­phis. Watch this line as it opened 35, went down upon Fran­cois’ in­jury an­nounce­ment, but if it re­turns to that level by game time, be aware that the Warhawks are a per­fect as dogs of 35 or more points. But se­ri­ously, do you re­ally want to mess with FSU’s Jimbo Fisher off a loss? Our ad­vice is to stay as far away from this as you would a rally for the Mid­dle East – ei­ther side just may blow up on you.

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