Florida State opens as a 27-point favorite against Florida.
The spread was not announced until late Tuesday, a delay from the typical release date of Sunday. Uncertainty to both teams' quarterbacks seemed to be the reason.
FSU quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to start with news that he will not learn whether he will face criminal charges in connection with a sexual assault investigation for at least another week. A felony charge could put Winston’s playing status in jeopardy, so the update likely made line-makers comfortable with setting a spread.
Florida coach Will Muschamp listed Tyler Murphy as questionable against FSU, meaning Skyler Mornhinweg will likely start against the Seminoles.
The sizable spread comes as no surprise. FSU has the highest scoring margin in the country and has won every game by 14 points. Florida has dropped its past six games.