Florida State dubbed over-70 point favorite against Savannah State
Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Sports books have put Florida State as an overwhelming 70.5-point favorite – the biggest in sports betting history — when it takes on lowly Savannah State Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The 70.5-point margin or equivalent to a 10-touchdown spread eclipsed the 67.5 points achieved by the Oklahoma City Cowboys before they thumped Savannah, 84-0 last week.
Even though it has yet to recover from the shellacking where they earned $385,000, Savannah State has accepted to replace the West Virginia Mountaineers for a fee of $475,000.
The Mountaineers, who moved to the Big 12, will pay Florida State $500,000 for the trouble after withdrawing at the last minute but the Seminoles are expected to take legal action.
The Seminoles tried to contact several bigger schools in an attempt to schedule a more attractive opponent, including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Boise State and Pitt among others but Savannah State was all they could find.
“This one was the only one we could find,” coach Jimbo Fisher said.
In their opening game, the Seminoles defeated the Murray State Racers, 69-3, behind fullback Ronnie Pryor’s three touchdown runs.
Led by Pryor and running back James Wilder Jr., the Tigers are expected to pile up the points against Savannah State, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school that went 1-10 last season, but Fisher tried to downplay their advantage.
“I’m not a coach who says we should win this game by a bunch of points,” Fisher said during a press conference. “Should we play well? Yes. Should we have a great advantage? Yes. We have to compete against ourselves. We can’t worry about the opponent. We don’t ever want to embarrass anybody or do anything of that nature. Hopefully we do get better. Hopefully we grow each week.”
For their part, the Tigers (0-1), who are in their second year under coach Steve Davenport, are expected to start four freshmen on their offensive line.
Florida State hasn’t lost in 19 games against Football Championship Subdivision teams since 1978.