Day & Time: Saturday, October 31, 12:00 p.m. ET
Field: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Line: -20, FSU
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
FSU Blog: Tomahawk Nation
SB Nation Season Preview: Rebuilding Florida State is probably still the ACC's best in 2015 ... and 2016
Rivalry: 7-1, FSU
Current Streak: 7, FSU
First Meeting: The Orange won the first meeting between the two schools, 37-21, at Archbold Stadium in 1966. Floyd Little and Larry Csonka combined for four of SU’s five touchdowns, with Little scoring three times and Csonka once. Little carried 20 times for a game-high 193 yards. Csonka added 65 yards on 17 attempts. The two schools wouldn't meet again until 1978.
Last Meeting: The No. 1 Seminoles came into the Carrier Dome hoping to cruise to victory like they had the year before. Syracuse put up a fight but could not get it done in the redzone and FSU won out, 38-20.
Head Coaches: SU: Scott Shafer (3rd Year, 13-19), FSU: Jimbo Fisher (6th Year, 64-12)
Head Coach Bio: A quarterback in college, Fisher started his coaching career at alma mater Samford. He soon worked his way up to QB coach at Auburn and then parlayed that into his first OC gig at Cincinnati. Then came a seven-year stint with LSU before three years as OC and de facto coach-in-waiting with FSU. He took over the crown from Bobby Bowden in 2010 and has overseen the resurrection of Florida State to ACC dominance and national relevance since. They've won the ACC Championship every year since 2012 and won the National Title in 2013. He's doing very well.
Curious Connections: Make sure Syracuse AD Coyle knows which side he's on. He received his master’s degree in sports administration from Florida State in 1993.
Last Year: Coming off of a national title, FSU ended the regular season as the only team from a power conference without a loss. They won the ACC Atlantic Division for the sixth time and then won the ACC Championship for the fifteenth time (third time in a row). They were one of the four teams selected to play in the first College Football Playoff but ran into an Oregon buzzsaw in the semifinals.
Last Game: So, uh, this happened...
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Sophomore RB Dalvin Cook is one of the top running backs in college football. He currently ranks second nationally in rushing yards per carry, averaging 8.17 yards per rushing attempt. He has run for 1,037 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year. Pray for us all.
If Syracuse Wins: It would end a four-game losing streak and give SU its first victory against a nationally-ranked opponent since 2012 (No. 11/10 Louisville).
If Syracuse Loses: Not too many people would be surprised.
Fun Fact: Syracuse owns a 15-31 overall record against teams from the state of Florida, which includes Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF, and USF.