Is the Cover King Heading to FSU?

Is the Cover King Heading to FSU?

FSU recently parted ways with head coach Jimbo Fisher and he’s already moved on to a mega 10-year deal for $75 million with Texas A&M. The Seminoles (6-6) are now playing under interim HC Odell Haggins and just qualified for a bowl game by beating UL Monroe 42-10 on Saturday. It’s not the season they were envisioning, but they did crush Florida in their rivalry game and covered their final two games.

Even better things may be coming to the Seminoles soon as Willie Taggart is now the -300 favorite to take over at Florida State. Here’s a look at the most recent odds via BetOnline and Bovada:

Head CoachDec 4
Dec 3 morning
Dec 2 night
Dec 2 morning
Willie Taggart-300-400-350-250
Justin Fuente+700+600+600+600
Charlie Strong+1200+1400+1400+1400
Jeff Brohm+1500+1000+1000+1000
James Franklin+1500+1200+1200+1200
Matt Campbell+1500+1000+1000+1000
Dino Babers+1500+1400+1400+1400
Gary Patterson+1800+1400+1400+1400
Lane Kiffin+2200+1000+1000+1000
Dave ClawsonN/A+1000+1000+1000
Chad MorrisN/A+1000+1000+1000
Scott FrostOff to NebraskaOff to NebraskaOff to Nebraska+1200

Taggart has been a cover king, going 59-36-1 ATS overall which is the best among active head coaches. He’s been even more impressive for contrarian bettors in his time at Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon (where he’s still currently coaching), something that we love to see at The Action Network. Here’s a look at his ATS records when his teams receive less than half the public support:

 <50% of bets<40% of bets<30% of bets
Record37-19-1 ATS25-13-1 ATS16-9-1 ATS

FSU could use some help winning and covering games as they’ve gone just 6-6 SU and 2-7-2 ATS this season. Do you think Taggart is the right fit down in Tallahassee? At -350 is he worth betting, or is there value on someone else on the list?

Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. You can find him on Twitter (@ArsenalDMC) and he can be reached directly at

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