All eyes will be on the field to see whether it will be Jayden Daniels or Garrett Nussmeier to lead the LSU offense in Sunday’s season opener against Florida State. LSU coach Brian Kelly has cited tactical advantage as the reason for refusing to announce which player will be his starting quarterback. Daniels is a transfer from Arizona State, where he threw for 6,025 yards and 32 touchdowns in three seasons, while Nussmeier was the little-used backup last season for the Tigers.
“This is a 1A and 1B,” Kelly told the media. “This is not a one and a two. Both of them are obviously going to contribute this year.”
Jordan Travis returns for another season as the starting quarterback for the Seminoles and head coach Mike Norvell. Travis didn’t have to do much heavy lifting last week in the team’s 47-7 season-opening win over Duquesne. The running game, behind Treshaun Ward, Trey Benson, and Lawrance Toafili, did most of the damage.
“We dominated a game that we needed to dominate,” Norvell told the media. “You saw a growth and a step, but it’s how we adapt and adjust on the road in a unique situation.”
Both teams are a long shot to win the national championships according to the college football lines. LSU is +10000 and Florida State is +50000.
The college football odds have each team with the eighth-best odds to win their respective conferences: LSU (+6600) in the SEC and Florida State (+2800) in the ACC.
Whoever starts at quarterback for the Tigers will have a true freshman in Will Campbell protecting their blind side. Campbell, the top-rated player in Louisiana coming out of high school, won the left tackle job in spring practice and has held his own against LSU standout defensive linemen Maason Smith, Jaquelin Roy, and BJ Ojulari. Campbell. The rest of the offensive line will be called upon to do the same against the Florida State defensive front featuring Fabien Lovett and Robert Cooper. One position with less clarity is a wide receiver. Kelly has said seven or eight players will get an opportunity in the opener. Kayshon Boutte, a preseason All-American selection who set an SEC record with 308 receiving yards in a game in 2020, is the top returning option, and according to reports, Malik Nabers has been one of the best players on the field during preseason.
Florida State Seminoles
Ward, Benson, and Toafili each went for 100 yards on the ground against Duquesne, the first time that has happened in Florida State history. The last ACC team with three 100-yard rushers in the same game was Clemson in 2018. The Seminoles hadn’t gone for 400 yards rushing and 200 yards passing in the same game since 1995. The running game will be critical to keeping the game close as LSU is likely to go all out to keep Travis in the pocket. LSU was middle of the road in rush defense last season, allowing 142.5 yards per game, but a new defensive coordinator will look to change that.
Florida State vs LSU Injury Report
No key injuries reported.
Florida State vs LSU Head-to-Head
The Seminoles are 7-1 all-time against the Tigers, including four straight wins. The teams last met in 1991 in a game won by the Seminoles 27-16 in Baton Rouge. Florida State has struggled away from home, winning just four road games in four years.
LSU is 10-2 in regular-season games in the Superdome. Kelly owns two wins over Florida State with Norvell as head coach, including a 41-38 overtime victory last season.
Florida State vs LSU Game Information
- Game: Florida State vs LSU Tigers
- Location: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans
- Day/Time: Sunday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Florida State vs LSU Live Stream: ESPN
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Florida State vs LSU Betting Lines
Florida State vs LSU Prediction
The NCAA football odds on the Seminoles of +135 on the money line and +3 points are not nearly high enough for a program that is 4-10-1 in their last 15 September games and last posted a winning record in 2017. The Seminoles are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games at a neutral site. LSU is 1-4 in their last five non-conference games.
The Tigers should probably be favored by six or seven points, so laying three points seems like easy money. The over/under is best to be avoided at 51½ points, particularly with the uncertainty surrounding the LSU offense. The under is the more attractive of the two bets as Travis has struggled against zone defenses in his career.