College Football Picks: Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJuly 8, 2014

College Football Picks: Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys lead the nation in forcing 163 turnovers since 2009, which is important to consider when making your Week 1 college football picks, as they prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at AT&T Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cowboys are 20-point neutral-site underdogs in the NCAA football odds, with no betting total established in the marketplace.

    Let's take a closer look at this nonconference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

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Florida State Seminoles

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    The Florida State Seminoles were simply dominating en route to capturing the national title a season ago, as they led the country in scoring offense and defense.

    Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston is one of 13 returning starters. He will look to build on his 2013 numbers of 4,057 passing yards and 40 touchdowns. 

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys are going to find it difficult to match or exceed last year's 10-3 straight-up record, considering they welcome back a Big 12 Conference-low eight starters.

    College football handicappers will find that the Cowboys have won nine of their last 13 regular-season games on the road or at a neutral field since 2003. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Oklahoma State Cowboys as one of their Week 1 college football picks, as their average margin of defeat is nine points over the last four seasons.

    Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys +20

     

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