Syracuse has a solid run defense but has also struggled against the pass this year, resorting to the blitz in the effort to protect their secondary with pressure. That has been a recipe for disaster against Florida State so far this year, however. If the Orange continue their blitzing ways against the Noles, look for several big plays through the air to provide the early lead in the game.
Because of that significant talent gap, there is little reason to think this game will be competitive. Syracuse is, however, a physical team on the line of scrimmage, providing the Noles with an opportunity to continue to improve against power oriented rushing attacks. Because of the physical nature of this game, injuries are a bigger concern for Florida State than a loss—all the more reason for Florida State to want to put this game away early.
That is precisely what we expect. After a week of negative off-field attention on star quarterback Jameis Winston, expect Florida State to come out hot, taking out their frustrations on a limited Syracuse squad before giving way to backups early in the second half. Florida State rolls early but also pulls the starters early, 54-6.
Wayne: There are two ways this game can go. Florida State can come out flat amid all the distractions or the Noles can come out angry. I'm going with the latter here. I think Jameis comes out and has a great game. Seminoles roll 59-6.
Geoff: Time to unload frustration. FSU 70-3.