Syracuse vs Florida State NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 10/26/2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Doak Campbell Stadium
Doak Campbell Stadium is the site where James Blackman and the Florida State Seminoles will play the Syracuse Orange on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Florida State as 10-point favorites. The Orange are 2-5-0 ATS and 2-5-0 when betting on the total. The Seminoles are 3-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-4-1 against the spread.
In their last game, the Syracuse Orange went up against the Pittsburgh Panthers and took the defeat by a score of 27-20. Leading the way at QB for the Orange was Clayton Welch who went 8/20 with 176 yards passing and completed 2 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Clayton Welch paced the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 23 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He scurried for 36 yards by way of 10 carries which meant he averaged 3.6 yards per run. Taj Harris led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 111 yards on 3 receptions. He notched an average of 37.0 yards per reception for the game. The Orange rushed the ball a total of 34 times and racked up 51 yards giving them an average of 1.5 yards per run. For the contest, the Orange had a total of 20 1st downs and they had 9 penalties for 78 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. Overall, they ran 78 plays which gave them a total of 328 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Syracuse gave up 18 completions on 33 throws totaling 232 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.5%. In the running game, the Orange gave up 145 yards on 43 attempts which is an average of 3.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For this contest, they gave up 377 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Orange head into this game 3-4 for this season. For total yards, they currently sit at 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 89th in the nation with 2,598 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 24.7 points per game, ranking them 93rd in the nation. As a unit, they have an average of 110 yards on the ground per game which is 13th in the conference. The Orange have one of the average defenses in college football, allowing 26.1 points per game putting them 6th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Orange have allowed 1,828 yards. Opponents are completing 52.1% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.1 yards per attempt. In terms of yards rushing, Syracuse is giving up 148.4 yards per game putting them 8th in the ACC and 58th in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.1 yards per carry ranking them 8th in the conference and 61st in Division 1 overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,039 yards rushing through 7 games.
In their last game, the Florida State Seminoles went up against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and ended up taking the loss by a score of 22-20. Cam Akers led the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 32 yards and he tallied 1 TD during the game. He scurried for 157 yards by way of 30 carries which had him averaging 5.2 yards per run. Tamorrion Terry was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 55 yards on 4 receptions. He earned an average of 13.8 yards per reception for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Seminoles was James Blackman who went 27/43 with 280 yards passing and threw 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception during the game. The Seminoles ended up running the ball 46 times and racked up 169 yards giving them an average of 3.7 yards per run. In all, they finished with a total of 89 plays for 449 yards. For the game, the Seminoles got 28 1st downs and they had a total of 8 penalties for 69 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. When it comes to their defensive performance, Florida State allowed 21 catches on 38 attempts totaling 308 yards, and a completion percentage of 55.3%. For this contest, they conceded a total of 424 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover. On the ground, the Seminoles allowed 116 yards on 40 carries which is an average of 2.9 yards per attempt allowed.
The Seminoles come into this matchup with a record of 3-4. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Seminoles have an offense that could be called mediocre in the country. Florida State is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 125.4 rushing yards per game, putting them 105th in Division 1. As a team, they have a total of 878 rushing yards through 7 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Seminoles average 407 yards per contest overall ranking them 63rd in the nation and 8th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles are conceding 30.7 points per contest ranking them 13th in the ACC and 93rd in D-1. When it comes to points given up, they have allowed 215 total points. When talking about rushing yards, they are giving up 165.7 yards per contest which puts them at 76th in the nation and 10th in the ACC. In 2019, they have given up a total of 1,160 yards rushing and 11.9 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the middling units in the nation. They are giving up 293 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Seminoles are ranked 14th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Who will win tonight's Orange/Seminoles college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Orange +10
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