Florida State Seminoles (1-1) vs Syracuse Orange (2-0)
College Football | Week 3 | Saturday, September 15th, 2018 | 12:00 PM ET | Carrier Dome
Spread: Florida State Seminoles -3.5
Moneyline: Florida State Seminoles -175 / Syracuse Orange +155
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FREE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICK FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES VS SYRACUSE ORANGE
The Florida State Seminoles have started the season very shaky under new head coach, _. In week one, they were blown out by a ranked Virginia Tech team, and this past week they barely managed to escape FCS foe, Samford. They now play their second ACC opponent of the year, basically making this a must win game if they want to still have a chance for a conference title. The return of Seminoles quarterback, Deondre Francois has been somewhat disappointing so far. He threw 3 interceptions in the opening game, but bounced back to lead the Seminoles from behind with 3 touchdowns in game 2. The biggest question mark for Saturday’s game is, “Can the Seminoles’ defense stop the high scoring Syracuse offense?” If they can limit the Orange from scoring say 30 or more they should have a chance in this game.
The Syracuse Orange picked up their second win Saturday when they beat Wagner 62-10. So far the offense for the Orange has been explosive, scoring 58.5 points on average in the first 2 games. They now will face their first real test of the season, going up against the Seminoles, who have high expectations this season. Quarterback, Eric Dungey has already been credited with 7 passing touchdowns this year, but he should be tested a little bit more than the previous two games. For Syracuse to win they need to focus on containing Francois, and avoid costly turnovers.
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(4-9-1 ATS) in their last 14 games at home
FREE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES VS SYRACUSE ORANGE
It would seem that Syracuse is starting to build some momentum with their 2 blowout wins this season. However, they have not managed to beat the Seminoles in 7 straight meetings, which is why Florida State gets the much needed conference win. The Seminoles are 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 overall and 1-5-2 in their last eight following an ATS loss. Florida State is also 0-7-2 ATS in their last nine conference games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five in September. Meanwhile, the Orange are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win and 4-0 ATS in their last four in September. Syracuse is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven following an ATS win and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 overall.As for Syracuse, the WMU game was a little concerning defensively but they’ve had no issues on the other side of the ball for the most part. This will be a bit of a tougher test for Syracuse and FSU will finally come out on top and show why there a top 30 team in college football.
Pick: Florida State Seminoles -3.5