FSU football: Ranking the top defenses Noles will face in 2023

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Mike Norvell of the Florida State Seminoles speaks with Jordan Travis #13 during the first half of their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 8, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Mike Norvell of the Florida State Seminoles speaks with Jordan Travis #13 during the first half of their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 8, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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Syracuse

  • 23.1 PPG
  • 4.91 YPP
  • 40.3 percent third down conversion allowed
  • 61.36 percent Red Zone TD percentage allowed
  • No. 49 FEI

Dino Babers hired a new defensive coordinator in 73-year Rocky Long, an architect of the 3-3-5 defense. Syracuse had a solid defense last season before injuries took their toll. The get some linebackers with experience back but lost two of their better secondary players to the transfer portal. It’ll likely be a typical Syracuse defense that plays well early and begins to fall apart as attrition from injuries and lack of depth get exposed. Their defensive line is undersized, and it’ll take some time for Long learn which players fit what he likes to do best.