Syracuse Orange vs Florida State Seminoles Game Preview and Prediction - 10/02/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 2, 2021
Venue:  Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Where to Watch:  ACC Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Syracuse +5.5, FSU -5.5; Over/Under:  51 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Syracuse +4.5, FSU -4.5; Over/Under:  51 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Syracuse +5.5, FSU -5.5; Over/Under:  51.5 points
 

Season Record

Syracuse Orange:  3-1 (6th place, ACC Atlantic)
Florida State Seminoles:  0-4 (7th place, ACC Atlantic)
 
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Syracuse Orange vs Florida State Seminoles Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Syracuse Orange:  won at home on Sep. 24 against the Liberty Flames 24-21.
Florida State Seminoles:  lost at home on Sep. 25 against the Louisville Cardinals 31-23.
 
 
 

Syracuse Orange Analysis

Syracuse is coming into this game with a 3-1 record overall and they are 1-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their first conference matchup on their schedule this year. Their 1 loss came against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights while their 3 wins came against the Ohio Bobcats, the Albany Great Danes, and against Liberty in their last game. Garrett Shrader did not play well in their last game as he completed 6/15 passes for 77 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Sean Tucker had a massive day on the ground in that one as he led the team in rushing with 169 yards and 1 touchdown on 32 carries. Shrader had 53 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground himself but other than them, no one else did much in the run game. Tucker was also the leading receiver in that game with 27 yards on 2 receptions in what was a very quiet day for the receiving corps. Mikel Jones led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 1 sack while Cody Roscoe was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 2 sacks in that game. Marlowe Max also came away from that game with 2 sacks but no one on the defense was able to get an interception. They have scored 122 points in their first 4 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 71 points against them. Their offense is averaging 392.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 261.3 YPG.
 
 

Florida State Seminoles Analysis

FSU is coming into this game with a 0-4 record overall and they are 0-3 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 3rd conference matchup of the year and they are already off to an awful start with a 0-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 4 losses came against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and against Louisville in their last game. McKenzie Milton played alright in their last game as he completed 24/39 passes for 248 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Jashaun Corbin had a massive day for their run game as he led the team in rushing with 159 yards and 1 TD on 11 carries while Treshaun Ward had 50 rushing yards and 1 TD on 10 carries as well. Andrew Parchment led the team in receiving with 86 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Amari Gainer led the defense with 4 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones while Travis Jay had 4 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones and Meiko Dotson also had 4 solo tackles with1 assisted one. Jermaine Johnson had the only sack in the game for the defense but no one came away with an interception in that one. They have scored 92 points in their first 4 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 106 points against them. Their offense is averaging 385.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 415 YPG.
 

 

Syracuse vs Florida State Prediction

FSU is coming into this game as a favorite yet they are winless this season and now have their backs against the wall being down in the conference too. Syracuse is feeling good after getting an upset win in their last game and are coming in with that positive winning record and a clean slate in the conference right now. The pressure is on FSU to win their first game here at home and with the way they have been playing this year, that will only lead to mistakes on the field. The best bet to place in this game is on Syracuse to cover the spread and win this game straight up in an upset as they have been playing like the better team recently.
 
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Syracuse Orange: 177-165 ATS in all games. 53-44 ATS off a home win. 88-77 ATS after 1 or more consecutive wins against the spread.
Florida State Seminoles: 176-185 ATS in all games. 29-44 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. 113-122 ATS against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Syracuse Orange:  L. Benson (TE) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
Florida State Seminoles:  L. Toafili (RB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. L. Warner III (DE) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. T. Shrader (OL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
Syracuse Orange: Sean Tucker is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards, receiving yards, and in touchdowns scored. He is the entire offense on this team so if they plan on winning this game and putting up a good fight then they will be looking to get the ball in his hands. He is coming off of a game where he had over 150 yards rushing as well and will be looking to carry over that great play.
 
Florida State Seminoles: Jashaun Corbin is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored. He is coming off of a big game where he rushed for over 150 yards. If FSU wants to come away with their first win of the season here then he will be a big part in that so look for him to have a good game here.
 

Notable Quotes

"I had a couple guys come over and say, ‘It's going to come down to you'. This is my first game-winner in my four years.'' - Andre Szmyt on his reaction to kicking his first ever game winning field goal.
 
 
"Came out and played really hard in the second half. Defensively did a great job there being able to get off the field. Just missed opportunities. We had our chances. Didn't finish drives. We got to finish." - Mike Norvell on the way his team performed in their loss to Louisville.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Syracuse Orange
WR Johnson, Sharod 
WR Queeley, Anthony 
WR Harris, Taj 
QB Shrader, Garrett 
RB Tucker, Sean 
FB Elmore, Chris 
 
Florida State Seminoles
WR Helton, Keyshawn 
WR Wilson, Ontaria 
WR Parchment, Andrew 
TE McDonald, Camren 
QB Milton, McKenzie 
RB Corbin, Jashaun 
RB Ward, Treshaun 

Statistical Leaders

 
Syracuse Orange
Passing: T. Devito (388)
Rushing: S. Tucker (536)
Receiving: S. Tucker (175)
Touchdowns: S. Tucker (7)
Sacks: C. Roscoe (5.5)
Tackles: M. Jones (24)
 
Florida State Seminoles
Passing: M. Milton (548)
Rushing: J. Corbin (439)
Receiving: O. Wilson (133)
Touchdowns: J. Corbin (3)
Sacks: J. Johnson (5.5)
Tackles: J. Johnson (12)
 
Coaches:
Syracuse Orange: Dino Babers (6th season)
Florida State Seminoles: Mike Norvell (2nd season)
 

Weather Forecast

88 degrees F partly cloudy, 68% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds E.


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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