Preview: Syracuse at Florida State

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 16, 2013
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida


Needing four straight wins to reach the BCS title game, Florida State hopes to remain on course to play for the national championship when Syracuse comes to town on Saturday. The second-ranked Seminoles sit comfortably at No. 2 in the BCS standings following last week’s 59-3 demolition of Wake Forest. "It's something that you always look at and pay attention to,” said Florida State running back Karlos Williams. “It definitely feels good to be No. 2.” 

Led by Heisman Trophy contender Jameis Winston at quarterback, the Seminoles’ offense has not scored fewer than 41 points in a game all season. However, Florida State is hardly a one-sided team, as Jimbo Fisher’s squad has allowed more than 17 points only once. Syracuse also has a strong defense, having yielded a total of three points in the last two games, although the Orange’s most recent marquee matchup was a 49-14 loss to then-No. 4 Clemson.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2. LINE: Florida State -38.5

ABOUT SYRACUSE (5-5, 3-2 ACC): The Orange need one more win to become bowl eligible, but with zero wins over the Seminoles since 1966 and this year's edition looking better than ever, they will likely need to defeat Pittsburgh or Boston College later this month to reach the postseason. Syracuse got two rushing touchdowns and 118 yards from Jerome Smith in last week’s 20-3 triumph against Maryland, while its defense limited the Terrapins to 2.3 yards per carry and forced four turnovers. Orange quarterback Terrel Hunt has thrown no touchdowns and six interceptions over his last five games.

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (9-0, 7-0): The Seminoles clinched the ACC’s Atlantic Division title and a berth in the conference championship game with last week’s win over Wake Forest, a game in which the Seminoles forced seven turnovers, including two returned for scores in a span of 19 seconds. Winston appears destined to be a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the redshirt freshman has racked up 2,661 passing yards with 26 touchdowns on the season. The Seminoles have never played in the BCS title game and last won the national championship in 1999.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Seminoles’ two closest wins this season were a 14-point victory at Boston College and a 27-point rout against Miami.

2. Florida State leads the nation with 18 interceptions.

3. While Syracuse has won five of its last seven, its two losses during that stretch came by a combined margin of 105-14.

PREDICTION: Florida State 44, Syracuse 10

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Syracuse 5-4 W2 24.6 22.9 3-2 2-2 2-2 0-0 3-2
Florida State 9-0 W9 52.0 12.0 5-0 4-0 7-0 0-0 7-0

Last Meeting

Syracuse Florida State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/1/05 SYR 14 FSU 38 234 45 189 512 116 396

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SYR P. Patterson 56.0 189 1 1
FSU D. Weatherford 65.4 234 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SYR D. Rhodes 15 44 2.9 0
FSU L. Washington 9 38 4.2 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SYR D. Rhodes 4 70 17.5 0
FSU C. Davis 4 89 22.2 1
TDs Player TD
SYR N. Chestnut 1
FSU L. Booker 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SYR T. Hunt 58.7 940 7 7
FSU J. Winston 69.2 2661 26 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SYR J. Smith 144 705 4.9 10
FSU D. Freeman 116 650 5.6 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SYR J. West 18 342 19.0 1
FSU R. Greene 50 820 16.4 8
TDs Player TD
SYR J. Smith 11
FSU D. Freeman 10

Quickchart Matchup

Syracuse Off vs  Florida State Def
385.4 yards
274.1 yards
5 yards/rush
3.3 yards/rush
5.9 yards/attempt
5.1 yards/attempt
Florida State Off vs  Syracuse Def
521 yards
366.9 yards
5.2 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
10.5 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Syracuse Overall Florida State
5-4-0 W/L 9-0-0
6-3-0 ATS 7-2-0
4-5-0 O/U 8-1-0
24.6 Pts For 52.0
22.9 Pts Against 12.0
Syracuse A/H Florida State
2-2 W/L 5-0
2-2-0 ATS 4-1-0
2-2-0 O/U 4-1-0
17.8 Pts For 53.8
29.2 Pts Against 8.8