Hurricanes Name Starting QB Against FSU, Will The Odds Shift?

  • Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Manny Diaz announced on Wednesday that Jarren Williams will be starting at QB against Florida State.
  • The last time the Hurricanes defeated the Noles three years in a row was in 2004.
  • Florida State is playing at home and is currently favored by 3.5 points to defeat Miami.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jarren Williams will start at quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes when they play against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday.

The announcement came from Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz on Wednesday and was reported by ESPN. Williams started the season against another in-state rival when Miami played against the Florida Gators in Orlando to start the 2019 college football season.

However, Williams has been sidelined since suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder during the Hurricanes' loss to Virginia Tech. N’Kosi Perry has started the past three games for Miami but was benched during the Cane’s last game against Pitt. Williams stepped back in the lineup and led Miami to a victory with a late game-winning drive.

But, when looking at the stats for both of Miami’s quarterbacks, it’s hard to tell if the decision will affect their odds at all at online US sportsbooks.

So far this season, N’Kosi Perry has thrown for 975 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also has a quarterback rating of 50.0 which is 88th in the country.

Williams, on the other hand, has thrown for 1,136 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions. Willams’ quarterback rating is even lower at 45.2 which is 100th overall. On paper, the two quarterbacks look almost the same.

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Miami is currently a 3.5 point underdog against the Seminoles. The game will be in Tallahassee and the Hurricanes are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games. Florida State is also coming off of a 35 -17 home win against Syracuse last week.

“I don’t want to speak for them, but this Saturday was probably their best performance of the season,” said Diaz to 247Sports. “They have been hard to beat at home since the opener with four straight wins at home.”

Williams will also have to go up against a vastly improved FSU defense. Even though the Seminoles defense is ranked 79th overall by sports-reference, the Noles have been able to stop the run in the last few weeks.

This means for the Canes to have a shot to win or at least cover the spread, Williams will have to beat the Noles defense with his arm.

Given how Williams has performed all season, the Canes trending record while playing away, and the Noles' current trend while playing at home, it’s safe to assume that the Noles will still cover the spread in this latest matchup between two of college football’s most storied programs.