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Syracuse Orange vs. Florida State Seminoles - 11/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida State Seminoles (7-3) at Syracuse Orange (4-6)

College Football: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange +20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


We’ve got a fun ACC college football matchup looming on Saturday, November 19 from the Carrier Dome, as the Florida State Seminoles meet up with the Syracuse Orange in Week 12 action. 

Florida State enters this week’s game with a solid 7-3 record on the season. The Seminoles are fresh off a 45-7 shellacking of Boston College in their game this past Friday. In that one, Seminoles QB Deondre Francois played a shortened game due to the score and to injury (his shoulder; he’s expected to be fine) but still came up with 183 yards and three touchdowns. Calvin Cook also sat out the fourth quarter of the blowout, but still provided Florida State with 18 carries for 108 yards and a TD. 

Syracuse Orange vs. Florida State Seminoles - 11/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction


So far this year for the Seminoles, Francois holds 2675 yards 15 touchdowns and four picks, while Cook leads the rush with 214 carries for 1242 yards and 13 scores. The big Florida State receiver this year is Travis Rudolph, who has 44 receptions for 680 yards and five touchdowns. 

As for Syracuse, they’re entering play here with a 4-6 record after a 35-20 loss to ACC neighbors North Carolina State in last Saturday’s game. In that one, Syracuse QB Zack Mahoney went 13-of-24 for 190 yards, a TD and an interception, while Dontae Strickland led an anemic rushing attack with 12 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown. 

Eric Dungey is still the Orange’s top passer on the year with 2679 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Strickland leads the Syracuse rush with 132 carries, 484 yards and three touchdowns, while Amba Etta-Tawo is tops in receiving on 78 catches for 1242 yards and eight scores. 

The Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in their last six games in November, and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight road games versus a team with a losing home record. The Seminoles are also 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win, and the under is 14-3 in Florida State’s last 17 games following an ATS win. 

As for Syracuse, they’re 4-0 ATS in their last four home games versus a team with a winning road record, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in November. Syracuse is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on field turf, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. 

Syracuse is skidding right now, with just 20 points combined in their last two games. The Orange have a couple of tough games left on their schedule—including this one—and it seems time for “phone it in” mode. I don’t think the Seminoles will have much trouble covering here, so I’ll take Florida State.

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