The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles welcome the Syracuse Orange to town for their Homecoming game with a potential national championship berth on the horizon.
Jameis Winston and the 9-0 Seminoles took care of business last week in the form of a 59-3 win over Wake Forest, but they were helped when then-ranked No. 3 Oregon was upset. Now, the Seminoles have to simply win out to play for a title.
Things are also on the upswing for the 5-4 Orange after two straight victories and a total of three points allowed. A role as the spoiler here potentially makes Syracuse a dangerous opponent for the Seminoles.
Here is everything fans need to know about the ACC showdown.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 55.5
- Spread: Florida State (-39)
Orange Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Marcus Coleman||DT||11/11/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State||Questionable||upper body|
|Durell Eskridge||S||11/11/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State||Questionable||upper body|
|Adrian Flemming||WR||09/07/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||lower body|
|Quinta Funderburk||WR||11/11/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State||Questionable||upper body|
|Prince-Tyson Gulley||RB||11/11/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State||Questionable||ankle|
|Macauley Hill||WR||08/27/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||lower body|
|Ross Krautman||K||09/23/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||hip|
|Keon Lyn||DB||10/09/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||lower body|
|John Raymon||DL||10/27/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee/leg|
Florida State Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Wilson Bell||G||09/16/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||knee|
|Kelvin Benjamin||WR||11/10/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Syracuse||Questionable||concussion|
|Terrence Brooks||S||11/10/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Syracuse||Questionable||concussion|
|Ira Denson||G||10/04/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||shoulder|
|Greg Dent||WR||08/17/2013||is suspended indefinitely||Suspended||legal/disciplinary|
|Jarred Haggins||WR||08/15/2013||is expected to miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Kevin Haplea||TE||08/08/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Tyler Hunter||S||10/09/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||neck|
|Isaiah Jones||WR||11/09/2013||out indefinitely||Out||foot|
|Jeremy Kerr||TE||08/22/2013||is expected to miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Mario Pender||RB||08/30/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||academics|
|Bryan Stork||C||11/11/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Syracuse||Questionable||ankle|
|Matthew Thomas||LB||10/23/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||shoulder|
Can Florida State Stay Consistent?
Florida State has three games left on the schedule and is all but guaranteed a spot in the national championship.
Now is not the time to get complacent.
It's not that the Orange are an overly-powerful team, but they do have the right elements to fluster the Florida State attack.
Syracuse can run the ball well—it ranks top 30 in the nation at 202.7 yards per game thanks to the combo of Jerome Smith (705 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Prince-Tyson Gulley (440 and four).
The Orange can also play sound defense. They sit in the top 40 with just 22.9 points allowed per game.
It's easy for Florida State to look ahead or not take the Orange seriously. Then again, we could have said that each week this year, and the Seminoles have won every game by two scores or more.
The Seminoles need to just keep on keeping on as usual.
The Orange are a tough team to figure out. In mid-October they lost 56-0 to Georgia Tech, but they have since turned around and beat Wake Forest and Maryland by a combined score of 33-3.
Will FSU cover the spread?
Florida State does not have that issue.
Winston is the front-runner for the Heisman with over 2,600 yards and 31 touchdowns, while the running back duo of Devonta Freeman (650 yards, nine touchdowns) and Karlos Williams (444 and eight) make it near-impossible for any team to keep up.
Add in a defense that ranks No. 4 in the land with 12 points allowed on average, and even a down game can turn into a major victory. Florida State rolls in this one.
Seminoles win 48-7