In the second set of weekday bowl games, there is a game between two average team. These teams are the Florida State Seminoles and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Both teams had above average expectations this season but only one of those teams managed to deliver. The Golden Eagles managed to win eight games this season when they were only projected to win seven according to Vegas sportsbooks back in July. Meanwhile, Florida State only managed to win six games when they were projected to win around ten games according to Vegas sportsbooks back in July. Now, both teams will look to improve their resumes by winning this bowl game.
Florida State’s success is due to its elite running game. Entering this season, Florida State was expected to be led by quarterback Deondre Francois. However, Francois suffered a serious knee injury in the first game of the season which has caused him to miss the other 11 games. Replacing him was freshman James Blackmon who threw for 1,997 passing yards and 15 passing touchdowns. However, Blackmon has struggled a lot in his first season and has thrown 11 interceptions in as many games. As a result, Florida State started to depend heavily on its running backs Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick. Both running backs have over 650 rushing yards and at least six rushing touchdowns. If Florida State plans on winning this contest, expect the Seminoles to rely heavily on its running game.
Southern Mississippi’s success was primarily due to its quarterback Kwandra Griggs. In nine games this season, Griggs has thrown for 1,793 passing yards and 15 passing touchdowns with only two interceptions. Griggs has also run for over 230 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. However, Griggs’ job this season has been made easier by running back Ito Smith. This season, Smith has 1,321 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. Expect Smith to get the ball frequently in this contest to set up some deep play action plays in the passing game.
As for my prediction, I have to side with Florida State. Despite Florida State’s poor season, there is a reason why there are favored by over two touchdowns in this contest. The Seminoles have a much more talented roster and I expect it to show on Wednesday. Florida State has a new head coach in this contest which could cause some issues, but I think that Akers and Patrick will be too much for the Golden Eagles to handle. I think the Seminoles will win by two touchdowns or so.
Florida State vs. Southern Miss: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Florida State vs. Southern Miss
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2017
Start Time: 1:30 P.M. EST
Location: Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA
How to Watch Florida State vs. Southern Miss On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
You can download the WatchESPN app on Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and the Windows Store. The Fox Sports Go app is also available on the following devices: Apple TV, Roku, Android TV and Fire TV.
How To Live Stream Florida State vs. Southern Miss Online Without Cable Subscription
You can also live stream the game through Sling TV free trial. Just click on the Sling website and click “Watch Now 7 Days Free” for the free trial. Choose the Sling Orange package, which costs $20 per month and comes with ESPN, along with many other sports channels.