The Florida State Seminoles will continue their quest to Pasadena this weekend when they welcome in new ACC member, the Syracuse Orange, to Doak Campbell Stadium.
At 9-0, that potential shot at the crystal ball looks better and better by the moment. Last week, the ‘Noles put on another display of dominance on the road in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest, 59-3. But, that win didn’t come without a cost, as talented backup QB Jacob Coker suffered a knee injury, ultimately requiring surgery, effectively ending his season. With there being a very good possibility that he transfers out after this season with the emergence of Jameis Winston, we will more than likely never see Coker in an FSU uniform ever again.
One huge takeaway from not just last week, but the last few weeks in general, has been the fantastic play of the Seminoles’ defensive unit. These guys get progressively better under Jeremy Pruitt as the weeks go on and have become the backbone of the entire team. Last week against Wake, they intercepted both Demon Deacons quarterbacks a total of six times in one of the more impressive showings of any team throughout the entire season so far.
Syracuse comes in looking for bowl eligibility at 5-4. Since being manhandled on the road back on Oct. 19 by Georgia Tech, 56-0, they’ve won their last two games, and in rather impressive fashion. Two weeks ago, they shut out Wake Forest at home, 13-0, and easily took care of Maryland last week, 20-3.
But, this is a different kind of animal they’ll be traveling to Tallahassee to face on Saturday. QB Terrel Hunt has shown some flashes of brilliancy at times, but overall needs vast improvement to become a legitimate threat in conference. Does he have the tools to become a force in the ACC? Absolutely he does. But, that’s going to take some time.
If there is any strength of this Orange team, it’s the running game. Against Maryland last week, RB Jerome Smith went for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. If they want any shot of at least staying in this one, Smith–and his backfield mate Prince Tyson-Gulley–will need to control the offense. Once the game is put completely in Hunt’s hands, it’ll be over, and quickly.
Date: Nov. 16
Start Time: 3:30pm ET
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Stadium: Doak Campbell Stadium
TV Info: ABC/ESPN2
Live Stream: WatchESPN app
Odds: FSU -39
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