FLORIDA ST over UL-Monroe by 35
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.