Shorthanded FSU To Face Syracuse SaturdayJosh Bailey
Should You Bet On An Upset as Top-Ranked Seminoles Visit Orange?
While Florida State survived Upset Saturday with a 43-3 win, the Seminoles were not able to survive the Demon Decons unscathed.
It’s too soon to tell how shorthanded FSU could be when the No. 1 Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) play at Syracuse on Saturday at noon, but it is a possibility that the Seminoles could be without their leading receiver and rusher as well as their starting center.
No. 1 Florida State at Syracuse
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Spread: Florida State – 24
Unlike some of their national title-contending rivals, the Florida State Seminoles managed to remain unbeaten by spanking the stuffing out of the reeling Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday.
The Seminoles (5-0 SU, 1-4 ATS) beat their longtime ACC rivals 43-3 and managed to cover the spread as insane 37.5-point home favorites to halt a five-game ATS losing streak that dated back to last season’s national championship showdown against Auburn.
Florida State saw Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston complete 23 of 39 passes for 297 yards with one touchdown and one interception while forcing Wake Forest into three turnovers defensively.
The Seminoles could be without leading receiver Rashad Greene and leading rusher, Karlos Williams on Saturday.
Greene did not play in the second half of last weekend’s win after suffering a concussion late in the second quarter, which made him dizzy and caused him to vomit at halftime.
Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher said he is holding out hope for Greene’s return based on his progress so far.
"His response [Monday] was really good, no lingering effects, but he still has to go through a protocol," Fisher said. "… But those things, one day they’re real good and the effects will come later. Every person is different and every [concussion] is different."
Williams, the Seminoles’ leading rusher, is in a walking boot after hurting his ankle.
Syracuse (2-3 SU, 1-4 ATS) got smacked around in its 28-6 Week 6 loss to Louisville as a 1.5-point home underdog in and has not covered the spread in three straight games while failing to score more than 20 points during the stretch.
Not only that, but the Orange will play this contest without starting quarterback Terrel Hunt after the fleet-footed signal-caller suffered a broken calf bone late in Friday night’s loss to Louisville in Syracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Syracuse will turn to either Austin Wilson or AJ Long to replace Hunt, but both players are largely inexperienced.
The Orange have scored just nine touchdowns in 19 trips inside their opponents’ red zone (20-yard line) with the team converting a pitiful 33.78 percent (25 of 74) of their third down attempts.
I won’t beat around the bush with this pick since I believe it’s a virtual lock. After struggling in each of their previous two games, Florida State looked fantastic last weekend against a mediocre Wake Forest team that could pass as a ‘body double’ for the equally-mediocre Syracuse Orange in this week’s ACC battle.
Florida State laid an emphatic 59-3 spanking on the Orange to cash in as a 37.5-point home favorite last season and I like Jameis Winston and company to do likewise in this contest.
The Seminoles are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and a solid 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
Syracuse has compiled a polar opposite 1-4 ATS mark in their last five games while also posting a winless 0-4 ATS mark in their last four home games.
This pick is so simple a child could make it. Back the Florida State Seminoles to win and cash in people!
My Pick: Florida State -20 Points