The Florida State Seminoles will look to maintain their tenuous grasp on top spot in the AP Top 25 poll when they visit the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday as 19-point road favorites on the college football odds.
While Florida State own the nation’s longest SU winning streak, currently at 19, they are a dismal 0-4 ATS in their last four, and also looked very ordinary without QB Jameis Winston last weekend in a close 23-17 win over Clemson, failing to cover as slim 9.5-point favorites.
With a 2-4 record SU, 1-5 ATS, in their last six visits to NC State, the question remains whether the Seminoles can respond with Winston back at the helm against a 4-0 Wolfpack squad that handed the Seminoles their most recent defeat in ACC conference play, a 17-16 loss in 2012 when Florida State sat at No. 2 in the rankings.
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In this week’s only matchup between nationally ranked squads, No. 11 UCLA visit No. 15 Arizona State on Thursday as 3.5-point road favorites.
The 3-0 Bruins failed to cover in their 20-17 win over Texas in Week 3, extending their season record ATS to a worrisome 0-3. The big concern for UCLA against Arizona is the health of QB Brett Hundley, who went down against the Longhorns with an elbow injury that leaves his status for Thursday night’s game uncertain.
If Hundley is unable to go, sophomore Jerry Neuheisel will pick up his first-ever starting assignment, after an impressive performance against Texas in relief of Hundley.
But while the undefeated Sun Devils have proven capable of shutting down opposing quarterbacks, allowing less than 200 passing yards per game in their three wins this season, they have also been strong at home against the Bruins in recent meetings, winning four of their last six SU.
The 3-1 South Carolina Gamecocks failed to cover for the third time this season in last weekend’s 48-34 win over Vandy, and must face a Missouri Tigers squad this weekend that will be pumped following their shocking 31-27 loss to Indiana last weekend.
No. 13 South Carolina are pegged as 5.5-point favorites over the Tigers, whom they came from behind to beat, 27-24, in double-OT last season. But with a revamped offense led by QB Maty Mauk that has already scored 14 TDs this season, and a solid 6-1 record, SU and ATS, in their last seven road games, the Tigers will give the Gamecocks’ 33rd-ranked defense all they can handle.