Syracuse vs. Florida State fearless prediction and game preview.
Syracuse vs. Florida State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 26
Game Time: 3:30 ESPN2 ET
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Syracuse (3-4) vs. Florida State (3-4) Game Preview
Why Syracuse Will Win
Can the Orange force enough mistakes to make up for all of the other issues?
The offense might be sputtering, and there might be a whole lot of things that need a whole lot of help, but the defense is taking the ball away forcing 14 turnovers.
Granted, the production has slowed over the last few weeks, but there’s enough defensive aggressiveness to attack the ball and change around a game with a big play. Florida State’s offense will help the cause.
The Noles were air-tight for a while – they didn’t turn the ball over for three straight games – and then Clemson happened, and last week, they lost to Wake Forest partly because it was a -2 in turnover margin.
Offensively, the Orange passing game is working with 275 yards or more in each of the last four games and four of the last five. The Florida State secondary isn’t slowing anyone down, allowing close to 300 yards per game.
Why Florida State Will Win
The Syracuse offensive line is doing its best to get QB Tommy DeVito killed. Everyone is able to get into the backfield against this group, and everyone is taking big shots against a line that’s allowing more sacks than anyone in college football.
There’s a little bit of a running game, but there isn’t enough of one to offset the problems with the line whiffing on third downs and key plays. The FSU secondary might be having a whole slew of problems, but the line can be disruptive and it needs to take over the game early on.
FSU’s offense might not be consistent, and it might not be explosive enough, but James Blackman threw for 280 yards and two scores against Wake Forest lsat week, Cam Akers ran for 157 yards, and overall there’s just enough in place to take over against the challenged Orange D.
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What’s Going To Happen
Who wants to keep bowl hopes alive? The loser’s season is effectively done in a battle of who can be more inept. Fortunately, these two get to play someone their own size, and it should make for an interesting and entertaining game.
At home, the FSU offense will be just good enough to get by a Syracuse defense that’s just bad enough to let Blackman come up with a big game and give Willie Taggart a little bit of breathing room for another week.
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