ORLANDO, Sporting Alert – Week 1 of the 2016 College Football season closes on Monday with one game, as No. 4 Florida State and No. 11 Ole Miss meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.
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The Seminoles, who are 6-0 in season openers under coach Jimbo Fisher and 53-16 all-time in season openers, are the big favourites heading into this contest, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, which has them sitting well with a 70.5 percent chance of starting the season with a victory.
Last time Florida State suffered a defeat in a college football season opener was in 2011 at the stadium in Tallahassee, when the then-No. 18 ranked ball club went down 38-34 to the Miami Hurricanes.
Come Monday night, Ole Miss will be hoping to deal with the same kind of setback to coach Fisher’s side, which holds a slight location advantage over the Rebels, giving that it was the location of their 2016 spring game.
“You know where you’re going,” said Fisher about the location of the game. “If you know where you’re going, we’re I’m staying and guys have been in there.
“I don’t know how big an advantage, but it at least gives you comfort on what you’re walking into.”
Fisher is also expecting to “go play a heck of an Ole Miss team.”
Adding: “They’re going to be very good. There’s going to be some ups and downs in the game. Both teams are going to make plays and you’ve got to keep playing.
“We’ve got a lot on our plate to be able to be able to stop them and move the ball on them because they have great defense, have a good kicking game.
“Offense is good. I think we do too. It should be a great football game.”
Ole Miss will be led by the outstanding senior quarterback Chad Kelly, who is expected to give the Florida State defense more difficulties than it can handle.
Kelly helped the Rebels captured the program’s first Sugar Bowl win in a very long time last term, and they are buzzing to finally start the season again.
“It is a tremendous opportunity. We love knowing that all eyes of the nation will be on us,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said.
“It is a chance to take another step in expanding the brand of Ole Miss and represent our great conference and university.”
- Florida State has won seven straight at neutral site openers and is 8-1 all-time overall.
- Meanwhile, Ole Miss goes for its fifth straight victory in season openers under Freeze, while looking to improve on its overall record of 90-26-5 in season openers.
- The Rebels have won 17 of the last 20 to start their campaign.