It looks like the Florida State Seminoles might be the lone challenger to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national title race this season. While the Seminoles don’t have the same competition in the ACC as the Tide have in the SEC, Florida State has still destroyed any quality opponent it has played this season, locking up a conference title game appearance.
On the other side of the field, the Syracuse Orange are 5-4 on the season and looking for a bowl berth with just one more win on the season with a favorable schedule remaining outside of Florida State. The Orange started the season 0-2 but have since won five of their last seven games.
Florida State comes in as the No. 2 team in the BCS thanks to their high-scoring offense and solid defense. Jameis Winston might become the second freshman to ever win a Heisman Trophy as he has passed for 2,661 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season while being extremely accurate. His favorite target has been Rashad Greene who has 50 catches for 820 yards and eight touchdowns on the season while Kenny Shaw is close behind with 622 yards and three scores. Devonta Freeman leads the run game with 650 yards and nine scores.
Syracuse has one of the best rushing attacks in the nation while also boasting one of the worst passing attacks in college football. Jerome Smith leads all running backs with 705 yards and 10 touchdowns while Prince-Tyson Gulley is second in rushing with 440 yards and six scores on a 5.6 yards per carry average. Sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt has taken over at quarterback, passing for 946 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with seven interceptions and a completion rate of under 60 percent.
Defensively, the Orange are a much better team on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 38th in points allowed as well as 66th in yards allowed per game. On the other hand, Florida State is known for having a tough defense. The Seminoles rank fourth in points scored against as well as fourth in yards allowed per game with just under 280.
Syracuse will travel to Florida State to take on the Seminoles at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on ABC and ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Syracuse 10, Florida State 52