Football Sportsbook Betting - FSU vs. Pittsburgh is a Tale of Two Quarterbacks

League: NCAA Football
By: Admin Published on: 09/02/2013

When people who do football sportsbook betting with the folks at BetAnySports discuss the Atlantic Coast Conference opener between the Florida State Seminoles and the Pittsburgh Panthers, which is also the debut of Pitt in the ACC, the subject of the two quarterbacks has to be explored, because it is a major focal point. Both schools are going with someone new, although Pitt's choice is not an unfamiliar one.

Here are the particulars:

Florida State Seminoles at Pittsburgh Panthers Forum Thread Here
Monday, September 2 - 8 PM ET
Heinz Field - Pittsburgh

The ballgame is televised by ESPN, and is set for an 8 PM ET kickoff at Heinz Field in the Steel City. In the football sportsbook betting odds that are listed at BetAnySports, the Seminoles will be a double-digit favorite away from home:

Florida State Seminoles  -10.5
Pittsburgh Panthers  +10.5

Over 49 Points  -110
Under 49 Points  -110

Florida State wins game  -420
Pittsburgh wins game  +335

Pittsburgh had a signal-caller last year who did a very good job in protecting the pigskin. Tino Sunseri had just three interceptions all year long. It would probably be pretty difficult to duplicate that, but the new guy is going to try. Some BetAnySports customers may recognize him as an "old" guy, especially if they have followed the Big East in the recent past.

Tom Savage grew up outside Philadelphia and became one of the nation's top high school quarterbacks. A lot of teams wanted him and he wound up with Greg Schiano at Rutgers. it was not long before he was the starter, and Savage put in a solid season with 14 TD passes and seven interceptions. He had 294 yards passing in the St. Petersburg Bowl and wound up on the Freshman All-American team. Football sportsbook bettors saw Savage suffer hand injuries after that, and eventually wound up leaving Rutgers after Chris Dodd had been named the new starter. His destination was the University of Arizona, but that relationship was short-lived, as the appointment of coach Rich Rodriguez, an architect of a spread attack, didn't fit in with what Savage did. So it was on to Pittsburgh, although because of NCAA transfer rules, he actually had to sit out a second straight season before finally being eligible this season. So he has not thrown a pass in collegiate competition since 2010. And folks who play with BetAnySports could be questioning whether he's got too much rust to shake.

Jameis Winston has some big shoes to fill for the FSU Seminoles. Winston, who hails from Hueytown, Alabama, is considered a "dual threat" as a quarterback; i.e., someone who can both run and pass with aplomb. In fact, the recruiting services now have a category for that among QB's, and Winston was at the top of the list two seasons ago. He was also a member of USA Today's All-American team.  At 6'4" and 225 pounds, he is quite an athlete, and that athleticism extended to the baseball field as well. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round last year, and he plays for FSU's baseball team.

Football sportsbook bettors didn't see him last season. He redshirted in football, as E.J. Manuel was wrapping up a career that saw him become the second Florida State quarterback to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft and also the only quarterback to be a first-round selection in 2013. But as he started to compete for the job this past spring, he scared away competition, including Clint Trickett, last year's backup and son of Rick Trickett, the team's assistant head coach. Clint headed to West Virginia.

FSU's Lamarcus Joyner, one of the top defensive backs in the country, recognized what Winston could do right away, and BetAnySports customers should take note. "I saw it last year on the scout team, just making throws that I've been here four years and seeing guys like Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel as seniors making," Joyner told reporters. "It was like, 'This kid is going to be special.'"

Let's see if he is.

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