Syracuse football vs. Florida State: See our picks, make your predictions – Syracuse.com
Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse football team will face Florida State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
It’s time for our predictions. Hop below in the comments and offer your picks.
Syracuse has played a lot of great quarterbacks this year. Not that Florida State’s Deondre Francois isn’t a player to respect, but it’s running back Dalvin Cook who gets the spotlight here. Syracuse, ranked 87th in the country against the run, will struggle to contain the Seminoles’ dynamic talent. Even if they do, Francois will become a headache. (Florida State 42, Syracuse 17)
Without Eric Dungey, Syracuse just doesn’t have the offensive firepower or balance to compete with Florida State. The Orange is thin and banged-up on both sides of the ball. Escaping the Seminoles without another significant injury might be the best one can hope for. (Florida State 45, Syracuse 20)
Stephen D. Cannerelli
Last week I based my prediction on Eric Dungey playing. This week I do the opposite. Florida State has also had some injuries. They just lost their starting safety Derwin James for the season. I don’t think Zack Mahoney or Austin Wilson can exploit this. Starting quarterback Deondre Francois and their sack leader DeMarcus Walker are coming off injuries but both will play.
The Seminoles have too much on offense for Syracuse to contend with. In addition to wide receiver Travis Rudolph, they have the nation’s second best running back in Dalvin Cook.
It will be Senior Day, so expect a great effort by the Orange. But they will need more than effort to pull off this upset. (Florida State 42, Syracuse 20)
Without Eric Dungey (not to mention the young offensive line) the whole Syracuse system breaks down. Unable to churn out first downs, the