Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs Florida State Seminoles Independence Bowl Football Betting Odds and Free NCAA Picks


Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
(8-4)
1:30 pm ET, Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Independence Stadium, Shreveport
Florida State Seminoles
Florida State Seminoles
(6-6)
ESPN
 
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs Florida State Seminoles Independence Bowl Football Betting Odds and Free NCAA Picks

Florida State didn't see its season ending in the Walk On's Independence Bowl and fighting for a winning season after coming into the year ranked No. 3 in the nation.

But here they are.

Now, the Seminoles are ready to end a disappointing season with a bang and show the college football world they'll be back in 2018.

If the Seminoles (6-6) can beat the Golden Eagles (8-4) and secure their 40th straight winning season, that's one important goal that will have been accomplished for a Florida State program that began the year with so much promise but quickly found itself in turmoil.

Florida State lost its starting quarterback in the season opener against No. 1 Alabama -- then lost a bunch of games and found itself at 2-5 midseason. That meant the Seminoles needed to win four of their final five games to reach a bowl for a NCAA-record 36th time.

And they did just that -- despite rumors swirling the whole time head coach Jimbo Fisher was looking elsewhere after this season. And, as it turns out, he was.

Fisher took his talents to Texas A&M and left the Seminoles before their regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe, paving the way for Florida State to hire Oregon head coach Willie Taggart to take over the program less than a week after Fisher's departure.

Now, a new era begins Dec. 27th.

Southern Miss will be ready.

The Golden Eagles closed their season strong with three straight wins against Rice, Charlotte and Marshall, and they're practically playing a home game in Shreveport -- where they're more than comfortable. This is Southern Miss' third appearance in the Independence Bowl, and the Golden Eagles won their other two appearances.

Still, even in a down year, a game against Florida State is still a game against Florida State -- one of the top programs in America for the last 30 years.

Southern Miss finished 6-2 in Conference USA, and three of the Golden Eagles' losses this year were against bowl teams. Florida State and Southern Miss shared one common opponent in 2017: Louisiana-Monroe. Florida State beat the Warhawks 42-10 on Dec. 2 to reach bowl eligibility, while Southern Miss won 28-17 in Monroe, La., on Sept. 16.

Florida State will be without the services of some of its top players in this game. Cornerback Derwin James, receiver Ermon Lane, linebacker Matthew Thomas and defensive lineman Josh Sweat have all decided to skip the bowl game and prepare for the NFL Draft, rather than risk injury.

The Seminoles also had to deal with several reports Thursday claiming the program wasn't actually even bowl eligible after it was discovered that Florida State's win against FCS foe Delaware State could technically be scratched by the NCAA.

According to sources, Delaware State failed to reward 90 percent of its scholarship limit, a violation of NCAA rules.

The NCAA has yet to comment publicly. And Southern Miss doesn't seem to care one way or another.

And the game will definitely go on, Independence Bowl organizers said.

This is the 23rd meeting all-time between Florida State and Southern Miss, but it's the first time they've faced off since 1996. The Seminoles lead the series 13-8-1, although they are just 1-2-1 in neutral site games against the Golden Eagles.

This will be the first time in their 23-game history that Florida State and Southern Miss have met in a bowl.

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Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs Florida State Seminoles VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs Florida State Seminoles Betting Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
235 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
49
236 Florida State Seminoles
-14

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Florida State Seminoles -15 and Over/Under 49 according to Bovada Sportsbook

Team Records

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 8-4 3-3 5-1 8-4 4-2 4-2 30.50 23.00 7.50
vs Conf 5-2 2-2 3-0 4-3 2-2 2-1 33.14 26.29 6.85
Last 3 3-0 1-0 2-0 2-1 1-0 1-1 45.67 27.33 18.34

Florida State Seminoles

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 6-6 3-3 3-3 3-8-1 2-4 1-4-1 26.67 21.92 4.75
vs Conf 3-5 1-3 2-2 0-7-1 0-4 0-3-1 19.50 25.13 -5.63
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 52.33 12.67 39.66

Betting Odds Trends

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Southern Miss is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Southern Miss is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Miss's last 6 games

Florida State Seminoles

Florida State is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games
Florida State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

 

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Injuries

Southern Mississippi

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Sherrod Ruff LB Out indefinitely - Hand - 11/5/17 Ruff has been sidelined by a hand injury and there is no known timetable for his return to action.
Picasso Nelson Jr. DB out for season - Ankle - 9/21/17 Nelson Jr. will miss the remainder of the season due to an unspecified ankle injury.
Chase Whitehead WR out for season - Hand - 9/21/17 Whitehead will be forced to sit out the remainder of the season due to a hand injury.
George Payne RB Out indefinitely - Hip - 10/15/17 Payne has a hip injury and has yet to play this season. It is unclear when he will be ready to make his debut.

Florida State

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Darvin Taylor II DT Ques Wed - Shoulder - 12/21/17 Taylor II is sidelined with a shoulder injury and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
Calvin Brewton DB Ques Wed - Knee - 12/21/17 Brewton has been sidelined with a knee injury and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
Malique Jackson DB Ques Wed - Hamstring - 12/21/17 Jackson has been sidelined due to an injured hamstring and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
Alex Marshall TE Ques Wed - Hand - 12/21/17 Marshall has been sidelined with a hand injury and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
David Robbins OL Ques Wed - Concussion - 12/21/17 Robbins has yet to play this season due to a concussion and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
DeCalon Brooks LB Ques Wed - Knee - 12/21/17 Brooks has yet to play this season due to a knee injury and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
Delvin Purifoy DE Ques Wed - Ankle - 12/21/17 Purifoy has an ankle injury and has yet to play this season. It is unclear he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
Brady Scott OL Ques Wed - Foot - 12/21/17 Scott is recovering from a broken foot and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
Da'Vante Phillips WR Ques Wed - Suspension - 12/21/17 Phillips has been suspended for an undetermined amount of time due to an off-field incident and it is undetermined if he will play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.
Matthew Thomas LB Out Wed - Personal - 12/21/17 Thomas will not play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss as he prepares for the 2018 NFL draft.
Ermon Lane DB Out Wed - Personal - 12/23/17 Lane will not play in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss as he will take the time to prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Landon Dickerson OL out for season - Ankle - 10/14/17 Dickerson is sidelined with a right ankle injury and it is likely to cost him the remainder of the season.
George Campbell WR out for season - Hip - 10/25/17 Campbell suffered a season-ending hip injury.
Deondre Francois QB out for season - Knee - 9/5/17 Francois had season-ending surgery to repair a torn patella tendon in his left knee.
Baveon Johnson OL out for season - Knee - 9/2/17 Johnson will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Jauan Williams OL out for season - Shoulder - 9/2/17 Williams has been shut down for the entire 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.

Recent Meetings

  Yard Margins
Date Away Home H Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
11/16/96 SOMIS 14 FSU 54 -28.5/- W/- 0 0 0
9/2/89 FSU 26 SOMIS 30 22.5/- W/- 0 0 0
9/10/88 SOMIS 13 FSU 49 -31.5/- W/- 0 0 0
10/10/87 FSU 61 SOMIS 10 19.5/- L/- 0 0 0
11/15/86 SOMIS 13 FSU 49 -24/- W/- 0 0 0

Southern Mississippi Last 10

  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
11/25/17 @ MRSH W 28-27 2/48 W/O -11 127 -138
11/18/17 CHAR W 66-21 -17.5/48.5 W/O 346 221 125
11/11/17 @ RICE W 43-34 -10.5/49 L/O 136 -68 204
11/4/17 @ TENN L 10-24 7/48.5 L/U 69 23 46
10/28/17 UAB L 12-30 -11.5/51.5 L/U -70 -128 58
10/21/17 @ LT W 34-27 -1/55.5 W/O 136 29 107
10/14/17 UTEP W 24-0 -23/52.5 W/U 276 185 91
10/7/17 @ UTSA W 31-29 10.5/50 W/O -11 144 -155
9/30/17 UNT L 28-43 -7.5/56.5 L/O -125 -29 -96
9/16/17 @ ULM W 28-17 -7.5/55 W/U 204 66 138

Florida State Last 10

  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
12/2/17 ULM W 42-10 -26/63 W/U 204 267 -63
11/25/17 @ FLA W 38-22 -5/43 W/O -64 -8 -56
11/18/17 DSU W 77-6 -52/62.5 W/O 290 231 59
11/11/17 @ CLEM L 14-31 16.5/45 L/P -149 -206 57
11/4/17 SYR W 27-24 -7.5/51.5 L/U -120 58 -178
10/27/17 @ BC L 3-35 -6/46.5 L/U -116 -177 61
10/21/17 LOU L 28-31 -6/58 L/O -46 -138 92
10/14/17 @ DUKE W 17-10 -7/45.5 P/U 110 117 -7
10/7/17 MIA L 20-24 2.5/45.5 L/U 69 120 -51
9/30/17 @ WAKE W 26-19 -7/46.5 P/U -97 53 -150

 

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