SU will host the Florida State Seminoles at noon ET on ESPN. It’s the Orange’s first nooner this season after a night game in week one and a 3:30 start in week two. It’s the first day game for Florida State this year.
Syracuse comes in at 2-0, with back-to-back performances putting up 50 or more points. The Orange beat Western Michigan 55-42 in week one, then followed that up by coasting past Wagner, 62-10 this Saturday. Florida State, on the other hand, hasn’t had the same smooth sailing. FSU lost to Virginia Tech in a turnover-marred 24-3 Labor Day opener, then squeaked by Samford on Saturday night, 36-26.
Though SU has yet to beat Florida State since joining the ACC (the ‘Noles and Louisville are the only Atlantic Division teams without a loss to the Orange since 2013), they came awful close last year. Behind an injured Eric Dungey, SU battled back from a touchdown deficit at halftime, and could’ve forced overtime with a Cole Murphy field goal as time expired. However, the kick missed and Florida State picked up a 27-24 victory.
Vegas hasn’t published a line for this latest iteration of the matchup yet, though ESPN’s FPI matchup predictor gives Syracuse a 57-percent shot at a win. Do with that what you will...