Florida State-Virginia Tech Betting Guide: Will Noles’ Tempo Be the Difference?

Sep 03, 2018 7:23 AM EDT

Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Willie Taggart

Virginia Tech at Florida State

  • Betting odds: Florida State -7
  • Over/under: 55
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

Market Moves

By PJ Walsh

Florida State opened as a 6.5-point favorite, and the line moved up to -7 and even 7.5 at a handful of books, including Pinnacle, before ticking back down.

With no real sharp money to speak of, bettors should shop for the best line no matter which side they like, especially when it involves getting on and off the key number of seven.

The over/under has attracted two-way professional action, with early money pushing the total from 52 up to 58 before under buyback showed up over the past week, dropping the number back down to 55.

>> All odds as of 7 a.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds and track your bets.

Metrics to Know

Florida State ranked 127th of 130 FBS teams in adjusted pace last year. New Seminoles coach Willie Taggart’s Oregon team ranked No. 8.

Florida State ranked fifth in special teams S&P+ in 2014, first in 2015 and eighth in 2017. Virginia Tech ranked 31st last season, but must replace its kicker and two excellent return men.

Trends to Know

By John Ewing

Since becoming a head coach in 2010, Willie Taggart is the most profitable regular-season coach in college football, going 59-36-1 (62%) against the spread for +19.95 units.

However, he has disappointed when bettors expect his teams to cover. When the line moves a half point or more in Taggart’s direction, his teams are 23-22-1 ATS.



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