April 23, 2024

VIP Scoop: Four-star OL locks in FSU official visit date, hopes to return to Tallahassee in April as well

Spring practices are in progress at the vast majority of college football programs, and those 15 days on the practice field coincide with another major college athletics event in March Madness, which captivated the sports world over its first two weeks of action. Thrilling upsets throughout the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament sent blue bloods packing their bags while No. 11-seed NC State advanced to the Final Four and other lower-seeded teams notched a few victories, as well.

The action on the hardwood serves as a reminder to the nation’s premier football teams how costly an unforeseen loss can be in their search for a conference championship, College Football Playoff berth and national title. Top-25 squads cannot afford to take their foot off the gas this fall if they are to compete at the highest level.

Teams like Ohio State and Texas have lofty aspirations but also play difficult schedules in 2024, going up against some of the sport’s best teams as members of the Big Ten and SEC.

The double-digit point spread favoring Florida State in this opening weekend overseas matchup might be too large. For a Seminoles team spending this offseason replacing the vast majority of its top contributors on both sides of the ball, it should not be comfortable meeting a Georgia Tech program on the rise in the season opener. The Yellow Jackets return 66% of their production from last year’s roster (per ESPN’s Bill Connelly), which reached a bowl game for the first time in six years, while Mike Norvell will be without quarterback Jordan Travis, wide receivers Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson, and defensive linemen Jared Verse and Braden Fiske.

Since Division I subdivisions changed designations from I-A and I-AA to FBS and FCS, North Dakota State logged a whopping nine victories over FBS opponents in a span of 17 years. The Bison are in the middle of their longest drought, with their last win coming in a 2016 shocker over No. 13 Iowa, but that could end this fall when they open the season at Colorado. Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes figure to improve in 2024 after revamping their offensive line and adding more talent alongside Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter, but no team is ever safe against NDSU. Colorado is a 7.5-point favorite in this season opener, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

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