Apparently Vegas isn’t paying much attention to the offseason that both Miami and Florida State are having, and they didn’t watch 2018 either. Amidst the excitement swirling about the UM program, and the dumpster fire FSU is experiencing thus far, the Hurricanes opened as underdogs to Florida State when they play in November.
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FSU -1.5 vs Miami
Wis -5.5 Iowa
UGA -9 at Aub
UM -14.5 MichSt
USC -6 vs UCLA
UGA -15.5 vs A&M
OU -21 vs TCU
OhSt -10.5 PSU
Texas -3 Texas Tech
UW -7 WSU
Memphis -11.5 Cincinnati
Army -10 Navy
As you can see, Vegas has the Seminoles favored by 1.5 points. Several weeks ago, Miami also opened up as underdogs to Florida for their season opener on August 24th, as the Gators are 8.5 point favorites.
I can understand Miami being underdogs to Florida; I mean, the Gators are coming off a 10-3 season and will most likely be ranked in the top-10, maybe even top-five. This will also be Manny Diaz’s first game as head coach for the Hurricanes, so that’s understandable.
But not being favored against FSU? Safe to say I wasn’t the only one who had to do a double take.
Yes the Hurricanes 2018 season wasn’t pretty by any standards going 7-6, but it sure was a lot better than their rivals up in Tallahassee, who went 5-7. And while Miami’s offseason has been filled with hiring a new coaching staff and bringing aboard highly sought after transfer players, the Seminoles have been reeling, highlighted when quarterback Deondre Francois was dismissed from the team.
However, the two opposite directions of the programs wasn’t enough for Vegas to favor Miami for their matchup on November 2nd. Perhaps the home field advantage FSU will have at Doak Campbell Stadium was enough to push the line in their favor, but however you look at it, hopefully UM’s players are using it as motivation.