FSU Aims for Sixth Win in Row
Can the Oklahoma Sooners finish the season on a strong note and take down No. 13 Florida State in the Cheez-It Bowl? The Oklahoma Sooners (6-6) and the Florida State Seminoles (9-3) square off in Orlando, Fla., at Camping World Stadium for an exciting battle of two storied football programs. Both teams will look to finish the year strong. Oklahoma has fallen from football grace, losing six games for the first time since 1998, while Florida State has won nine games for the first time since 2016.
Sooners Look to Finish Above .500
The Oklahoma Sooners are participating in their 24th straight bowl game, marking their 56th overall. Under first-year head coach Brent Venables, the Sooners had a 6-6 overall record and a 3-6 mark in the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma finished the season in a big slump going 3-6 over its last nine games. Oklahoma enters this matchup coming off a disappointing loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders, losing in OT 51-48 and failing to cover the -1½-point spread.
The Sooners are ranked 37th in scoring offense (32.9 ppg) and 18th overall (472.2 ypg). Not many teams can go toe-to-toe with an Oklahoma offense led by senior quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who averages 265.9 passing yards with 29 total touchdowns. Eric Gray led the Sooners’ potent rushing attack with 11 rushing touchdowns, but he is skipping the game to focus on the NFL Draft.
While the dynamic Oklahoma offense averaged 32.9 points, the defense struggled mightily under Venables. The defensive unit surrenders 29.6 points and a whopping 450.5 yards per game, leading to their poor 2-7 record against the spread over their last nine contests.
Seminoles Eye First 10-Win Season Since 2016
Under third-year head coach Mike Norvell, No.13 Florida State has taken off, going 9-3 and finishing second in the ACC. Florida State will make its 49th bowl appearance and fourth Cheez-It Bowl appearance, going 3-0 in those games thus far. The Seminoles failed to cover the 9½-point spread in their last contest against Florida. However, they are 5-0 in their last five contests straight up.
The Seminoles have been a solid bet online pick to cover the spread this season, going 8-4 ATS and 4-1 over their last five contests. A big part of that success has come from their offense, which has scored at least 38 points in each of the last five games. The offensive unit averages an 18th-best 36.2 points per game and is led by redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Travis, who has 29 total touchdowns.
Florida State is the only team in the nation with a top-20 offense and defense. The Seminoles are ranked 14th in the nation, limiting opponents to an average of 307.3 yards per game, 16th for allowing 19.7 points per contest and 13th for averaging 475.7 yards per game.
Oklahoma vs Florida State Injuries
Oklahoma vs Florida State Head-to-Head
Florida State and Oklahoma have seven previous meetings. The last six encounters have all been won by the Sooners, who have a 6-1 series advantage.
Oklahoma vs Florida State Game Information
- Game: Oklahoma (6-6) vs Florida State (9-3)
- Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ET
- Oklahoma vs Florida State Live Stream: ESPN
Oklahoma vs Florida State Betting Lines
Oklahoma vs Florida State Picks & Prediction
Florida State has everything going its way right now. The Seminoles play solid football on both sides of the ball, and they will have everyone active for their showdown on Thursday. The same can’t be said about the Sooners, who have been weakened by a mix of opt-outs and transfers. Keep this in mind when online gambling.
Gray and both of the Sooners’ starting offensive tackles, Wanya Morris and Anton Harris, decided not to play in the bowl game in order to concentrate on their future careers.
The Seminoles enter this contest on a five-game winning streak and have covered the spread in four of their last five matchups. Oklahoma, on the other hand, has failed to cover the spread in seven of its last nine contests. I’ll take the Seminoles giving 9½ for their college football spreads; they should win this game convincingly.
The Florida State Seminoles are listed at -345 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Florida State, you have a chance to win $29. The Oklahoma Sooners are +278, offering a chance to win $278.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Florida State a 77.53% chance to win, with Oklahoma having a 26.46%.