NCAAF Odds: Syracuse Listed as Major Underdog Against FSU

Posted by Aaron . on October 29, 2015 in

Florida State finds itself in an unusual situation, preparing for practice after having lost a regular season game. That’s the first time the Seminoles have done that in three seasons, after their shocking last-minute loss to Georgia Tech last week. This presents a real challenge for head coach Jimbo Fisher and his #17-ranked team.

Syracuse vs Florida State Game Information and Betting Preview

Date/Time: Saturday, October 31, 12:00 PM
Location: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
TV: ABC
NCAAF Odds: Florida State -20½

The Seminoles had won 28 straight conference games until Georgia Tech player Lance Austin scooped up a blocked field goal and rolled 78 yards with it for a touchdown as time expired. The Seminoles fell from the #9 ranking in the nation. As Fisher told Yahoo! Sports, “You say you wish you could win them all, but that’s part of it. You’ve got to adjust and go. One loss can’t become two. But you’ve got to remember the things, you made mistakes and why you made mistakes and you’ve got to correct them.”

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The Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 ACC) must correct their problems in the red zone. They have entered the zone 25 times but have only scored 12 touchdowns. Against Georgia Tech, they only scored one touchdown in four red zone trips. Their season ranking is #110 out of the 128 FBS teams. There have been a variety of factors keeping the Seminoles out of the end zone, including key dropped passes and some untimely turnovers, as well as some killer penalties.

The Seminoles were up by three late in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech when Everett Golson threw a pick in the end zone, looking for Travis Rudolph, who at first had the ball but then bobbled it. The interception was Golson’s first in more than 200 pass attempts, going all the way back to last season’s game against Notre Dame. Golson has completed more than 67 percent of his passes this season, but he is only 12 for 25 in the red zone. He has thrown for seven touchdowns and one interception.

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As Fisher puts it, though, Golson is not the reason for the team’s issues in the red zone. The most frustrating thing has been the tendency to get called for penalties. In the last two weeks, the Seminoles have been called for nine false starts. Fisher says that this is the result of playing too anxiously sometimes instead of relaxing. Some of the false starts have come when the team was using a silent count, but there were other silent counts where the center snapped the ball ahead of time and Golson was not expecting it.

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BETTING ODDS TRENDS

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It looks like Florida State is on the outside as the College Football Playoff goes, but they could still make the ACC Championship game for the fourth year in a row. The loss to Georgia Tech means they must win three straight to do it, including the game at Clemson on November 7. This week, though, they have Syracuse, who started off 3-0 but are now 3-4, with a 1-2 conference record. Syracuse almost beat #25 Pitt this past Saturday but lost on a field goal that came after a fake punt. Expect the Seminoles to take out a lot of frustration this week.