This Saturday at Orlando, Florida’s Camping World Stadium, the FSU Seminoles of the ACC will host the SEC’s LSU Tigers in what will be the marquee matchup of Week 1.
The Seminoles enter the season ranked eighth and are hopeful to win the Atlantic Coast Conference this year. Their toughest competition is the Clemson Tigers, who FSU will face on September 23rd in South Carolina.
The Tigers are ranked fifth, which places three SEC teams in the preseason top five. LSU will play the Alabama Crimson Tide on November 4th, but they do not have the Georgia Bulldogs on their schedule this year.
If LSU can notch a win over the Noles on Saturday, they can afford a loss to Alabama and still retain a solid shot and making it to the CFP.
The game is set for a 7:30 PM kickoff. Gamblers have between now and then to get in on the FSU vs. LSU odds at legal online college football sportsbooks.
LSU Tigers (#5) vs. Florida State Seminoles (#8)
- LSU Point Spread: -2.5
- LSU Moneyline: -140
- FSU Point Spread: +2.5
- FSU Moneyline: +120
- Over/Under: 58.0
The above FSU vs. LSU betting line suggests that the final score will be: Tigers 30 – Seminoles 28. In 2022, these two programs opened the season against each other in Baton Rouge, with LSU favored by -3.5.
Florida State narrowly won the game in 2022 by a final score of 22-21.
Why The Seminoles Will Win
Quarterback Jordan Travis looks to build upon a stellar junior season with FSU and lead the team to a National Championship in his final year with the team. He is among the top six potential winners in the Heisman Trophy odds.
2023 Heisman Trophy Winner
- Caleb Williams +550
- Quinn Ewers +800
- Carson Beck +900
- Jayden Daniels +900
- Cade Klubnik +1100
- Jordan Travis +1200
The Seminoles are the eighth most likely team to win it all this year, according to the NCAAF futures posted at CFP betting sites, and much of that depends on Travis and how he performs. Travis already proved he could beat the Tigers last season, and he’ll be looking to impress in front of a national audience on Saturday.
FSU also gets a defensive boost with the return of edge rusher Jared Verse. The 6’4″ 260 Lb. prospect is a preseason All-American and is expected to be picked at the top of next year’s NFL Draft. Nothing raises a player’s stock more than a solid performance against an SEC team, so look for Verse to explode or die trying versus LSU.
Why The Tigers Will Win
We can’t mention Travis’ odds of winning the Heisman without noting that LSU QB Jayden Daniels is rated above him, tied for third place overall. Daniels will look to avenge last year’s loss and set their sights toward an SEC Championship campaign.
Sophomore linebacker Harold Perkins is a freakshow and will pressure FSU’s Travis all night. His speed gives offensive linemen fits, and the thought of him improving on last year has scary potential.
Online CFP Championship sportsbooks place LSU as the fourth most likely team to win the title behind Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State.