LSU vs. Florida State: Football Match Prediction, Selection, Spread, Odds, Live Stream, TV Channel, Watch Online
Florida State and LSU face a Sunday night showdown in New Orleans as the opening weekend of the 2022 college football season wraps up. While the Tigers and Seminoles are recognized as traditional powerhouses in the sport, both are coming from losing seasons and need the jolt that a Week 1 win over a name brand opponent can give.
Florida State coach Mike Norvell enters his third season with an 8-13 record, while LSU coach Brian Kelly begins his tenure at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after 12 seasons at Notre Dame. Though the teams haven’t met in over three decades, the coaches should know each other from a memorable game played during last season’s opening weekend
Kelly’s Notre Dame squad outlasted the Seminoles 41-38 in an overtime thriller – also played on Sunday – to open the 2021 campaign. While Florida State’s competitiveness in that game against a Fighting Irish side seemed like a good sign after a college football playoff appearance, the Seminoles followed that up with a stunning loss to Jacksonville State the following week and didn’t reach a bowl game. Kelly’s Notre Dame team finished the team 11-1, and Kelly left before the Fiesta Bowl to take over an LSU program that needed a restart.
Let’s preview the matchup and make picks for Sunday’s showdown between the Seminoles and Tigers.
LSU vs. Florida State: Must know
The LSU Quarterback Mystery: Kelly made it clear this week that he knows who will start at quarterback, but he doesn’t want Florida State to know whether it’s the transfer of Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels or former four-star prospect Garrett Nussmeier acts. Daniels started out at Arizona State for three seasons before transferring to LSU following Kelly’s hiring. Nussmeier appeared in four games as a true freshman for the Tigers last season. Kelly’s track record of playing more than one quarterback over the course of a season suggests both could get a chance to play early in the season. “We have made a decision, but I will not announce it publicly. I think it’s a tactical advantage for us not to announce it.” said Kelly. “Florida State played a game, so it’s an advantage for them to have the opportunity to play. The advantage for us is that we didn’t play, so giving up one of our cards in that sense doesn’t help us. We’re going to keep this card until game day.”
Adventure game of the FSU: Florida State didn’t have to reveal many of its schematic intricacies in last week’s 47-7 win over Duquense, but the Seminoles at least gave the Tigers a movie to watch. So what did they show? For one thing, FSU’s ability to run football stood out. After rushing for a respectable 177.8 yards per game on the ground last season, the Seminoles said goodbye to lead rusher Jashaun Corbin. But with three running backs rushing for 100 yards against Duquesne, it looked like the Seminoles’ running game could be a strength in 2022. Treshaun Ward and Lawrence Toafili each reached the century mark after playing reserve roles last season, and Oregon traded Trey Benson joined them as FSU was down 406 total yards.
LSU running back situation: Former five-star running back nominee John Emery Jr. could finally be in line for a flagship role on the LSU offense this season, having played behind stars like Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Ty Davis-Price in 2019 and 2020 before he last time missed season due to academic suspension. While Emery still has a big season ahead of him, he is suspended for the first two games. That likely leaves Penn State transfer Noah Cain in the spotlight as he runs back against the Seminoles along with second Armoni Goodwin. Cain rushed for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns on 193 carries in three seasons at Penn State, while Goodwin carried 16 times for 65 yards as a freshman for LSU in 2021.
How to watch LSU vs. Florida State live
date: Sunday 4 September | time: 7:30 p.m. ET
location: Caesar’s Superdome – New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: ABC | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)
LSU vs. Florida State Prediction, Pick
Featured Game | LSU Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles
LSU looks more talented in most position groups, but the Tigers need time to gel. Given that Florida State was revised in Week 0 and has continuity in Year 3 under Norvell, the Seminoles should have the advantage in terms of comfort and fluidity. Although LSU will have an advantage in fan representation, playing in the Superdome won’t be nearly as intimidating for the Seminoles as a night game at Tiger Stadium. Forecast: State of Florida (+3)
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