Florida State vs. Syracuse Prediction
Is Florida State in danger of an 0-2 start to ACC play when the Seminoles go on the road to face Syracuse this afternoon at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Noon ET – Carrier Dome
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Florida State is favored on the road, as the Seminoles are getting odds of -3 points against Syracuse. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 68 points. The public betting for this game currently has 60 percent backing Syracuse at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Syracuse seeks 3-0 start
Syracuse has gotten off to a 2-0 start thanks to a 55-42 win at Western Michigan to start the year and a 62-10 win over Wagner at home last week. The Orange have covered the spread in both games and hit the over in both contests. They are now 6-3-1 against the spread in their last 10 games.
The Orange are rolling on offense right now, putting up 58.5 points and 508 yards per game, including 274.5 rushing yards per contest. Eric Dungey has thrown for 402 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 244 yards and a score. Jamal Curtis has caught 11 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Syracuse is giving up 26 points and 454.5 yards per game. That includes 313 passing yards per contest.
Seminoles not off to good start
Florida State looked awful in its opener, a 24-3 loss to Virginia Tech. Last week, the Seminoles barely survived Samford, winning 36-26 after trailing late in the game. FSU is 0-2 against the spread and 1-1 with the over under total. They had covered in four straight before the start of the Willie Taggart era.
FSU is averaging just 19.5 points and 390.5 yards per contest on offense while giving up 25 points and 422 yards defensively. The Seminoles are allowing 341 yards passing per game. Deondre Francois has thrown for 553 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. Cam Akers has rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries.
College Football Betting Trends
Syracuse has covered the spread in four straight September games and 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games overall.
Florida State is 1-5-2 against the spread in its last seven games against a winning team and 0-7-2 ATS in their last nine conference games.
This Florida State start doesn’t seem to be an anomaly. They weren’t exactly FSU-caliber last season either and saw their head coach leave for a “lesser” program. Florida State is what it is right now and that is an average football team. Syracuse isn’t going to be intimidated by FSU and will see this as a chance to make a splash in the ACC. I will take my chances on Syracuse at home given FSU’s road struggles over the last year.
College Football Prediction: Syracuse +3