Preview: Florida State at Syracuse

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 19, 2016
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

The easy portion of Florida State's conference schedule comes to an end Saturday when the 15th-ranked Seminoles visit Syracuse in ACC action. Florida State faced Louisville, North Carolina, Miami, Wake Forest and Clemson in the early portions of their ACC schedule before enjoying a three-game slate against the bottom-feeders of the ACC Atlantic Division.

The Seminoles nipped North Carolina State and routed Boston College in their last two games and they likely will be in good shape against a hobbled Orange squad. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is "probably doubtful" for this weekend's contest after suffering an undisclosed injury to his head/neck area on November 5. Florida State, meanwhile, finally enjoyed a stress-free victory in last week's 45-7 trouncing of BC. “It felt weird,” coach Jimbo Fisher said after the big win. “We used to do that a lot.”

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Florida State -21

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (7-3, 4-3 ACC): The Seminoles have won four of their last five games with only a three-point loss against Clemson standing in their way of a five-game winning streak heading into this weekend. Dalvin Cook ran for 108 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, giving him six rushing TDs in his last three games, not to mention at least 100 yards rushing in six of his last seven outings. Deondre Francois passed for three touchdowns and did not throw an interception for the fifth time in his last seven contests.

ABOUT SYRACUSE (4-6, 2-4): The Orange have lost eight of the nine all-time meetings between the teams and appear unlikely to improve that mark unless their offense can wake up. In Dungey's place, Zack Mahoney threw for only 190 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Wolfpack, while the Orange rushing attack mustered a total of 28 yards on 28 carries. Linebacker Parris Bennett already has surpassed 100 tackles on the season following an 11-tackle performance last week, making him the first Syracuse player to eclipse the century mark since 2010.


1. Florida State WR Auden Tate had career highs of six catches and 101 yards - including two touchdowns - against BC.

2. Syracuse K Cole Murphy had missed seven of his previous nine field-goal attempts before going 2-of-2 against N.C. State. 

3. Whoever starts at quarterback for the Orange could be in for a long day as BC quarterbacks combined to go 4-of-13 for 50 yards last week.

PREDICTION: Florida State 41, Syracuse 19

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Florida State 7-3 W2 34.7 26.6 4-2 3-1 6-2 0-0 4-3
Syracuse 4-6 L2 23.3 34.2 2-3 2-3 1-1 0-0 2-4

Last Meeting

Florida State Syracuse
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/31/15 SYR 21 FSU 45 575 221 354 303 173 130

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
FSU S. Maguire 65.7 348 3 0
SYR E. Dungey 45.8 120 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
FSU J. Patrick 24 162 6.8 3
SYR G. Morris II 6 55 9.2 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
FSU T. Rudolph 5 191 38.2 3
SYR D. Strickland 1 62 62.0 0
TDs Player TD
FSU J. Patrick 3
SYR E. Dungey 2
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
FSU D. Francois 60.5 2675 15 4
SYR E. Dungey 64.8 2679 15 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
FSU D. Cook 214 1242 5.8 13
SYR D. Strickland 132 484 3.7 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
FSU T. Rudolph 44 680 15.5 5
SYR A. Etta-Tawo 79 1246 15.8 8
TDs Player TD
FSU D. Cook 14
SYR A. Etta-Tawo 8

Quickchart Matchup

Florida State Off vs  Syracuse Def
465.1 yards
471.5 yards
4.8 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
8.2 yards/attempt
8.5 yards/attempt
Syracuse Off vs  Florida State Def
439 yards
384.6 yards
3.2 yards/rush
4.1 yards/rush
7.6 yards/attempt
8 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Florida State Overall Syracuse
7-3-0 W/L 4-6-0
5-4-0 ATS 4-6-0
5-4-0 O/U 2-8-0
34.7 Pts For 23.3
26.6 Pts Against 34.2
Florida State A/H Syracuse
3-1 W/L 2-3
2-2-0 ATS 2-3-0
2-2-0 O/U 1-4-0
29.8 Pts For 26.4
34.2 Pts Against 33.2
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