Day & Time: Saturday, November 19, 3:30 p.m. ET
Field: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Line: - 21, FSU (opened at -20)
Announcers: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
FSU Blog: Tomahawk Nation
Rivalry: 8-1, FSU
Current Streak: 8, 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: Last season, Sean Maguire torched the Orange through the air for 348 yards and three touchdowns while Jacques Patrick torched the Orange on the ground for 162 yards and three touchdowns while the Noles torched the Orange 45-21. There was a lot of torching.
Head Coaches: SU: Dino Babers (1st Year, 4-6), FSU: Jimbo Fisher (7th Year, 75-17)
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 won the ACC Championship every year between 2012 and 2014 and won the National Title in 2013. He's doing very well.
Last Year: It was a “down” year for FSU. They finished 10–2 (6–2), second in the Atlantic Division to Clemson. They played in the Peach Bowl where they lost to Houston, finishing the season 10-3.
Last Game: Florida State was last week’s recipient of the “Get To Play Boston College” prize. They manhandled the ACC albatross, 45-7.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": This Dalvin Cook guy seems pretty good. He’s got 1,242 yards on 214 touches for 5.8 yards per carry. Oh and 14 total touchdowns. We should put a body on him.
If Syracuse Wins: We’re APR Score-Dependant Bowl Eligible!
If Syracuse Loses: Well, you figured that was coming. It all comes down to Pitt and hoping that enough teams fail to qualify for bowl games.
Fun Fact: Syracuse owns a 15-33 overall record against teams from the state of Florida, which includes Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF, and USF.