Florida State vs Syracuse : Syracuse football will look to start its 2018 season 3-0 in front of a national audience on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.
The Orange (2-0) and Florida State (1-1) are set to kick off at noon and will be broadcast on ESPN. The Seminoles are favored by 2.5 or 3 points as of Thursday afternoon, depending on the sportsbook.
How to watch Florida State vs Syracuse
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Florida State (1-1) vs. Syracuse (2-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Florida State Will Win
The change of scenery should help.
The Seminoles came out shockingly flat and lousy against Virginia Tech to kick things off, and then they played like a team with the weight of the world on its shoulders in the ridiculously close 36-26 win over Samford.
Now that they’re on the road, they might play a bit looser – at least, that’s the hope.
Yeah, Syracuse was able to blow through Wagner and Western Michigan, but now it has to face a defense with talent. On the other side, as easy as the 2-0 start has been so far, the secondary has been hit for 313 yards per game and the defense has allowed the most yards of anyone in the ACC.
Florida State offense, it’s time to get going.
One Reason Why Syracuse Will Win
The Florida State offense can’t get going.
It came through late against Samford, but it took way too long to wake up. The O can’t come up with third down conversions, and outside of one big run from Cam Akers against Virginia Tech, the ground game is having problems behind a line that hasn’t improved much after a rough 2017.
The offensive problems were a wee bit foreseeable, but the shocker has been the pass defense that was lit up by Virginia Tech and torched for 475 yards by Samford. Yeah, the D came up with four picks last week, but it’s about to be under siege from Eric Dungey and the Syracuse air show.
The Orange threw for five scores last week against Wagner after a rocky day against Western Michigan – but the offense worked overall. If Dungey gets time, he’ll bomb away for at least 300 yards.
Prediction & Line
Syracuse 34, Florida State 30
Line: Florida State -3, o/u: 68
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1