Beat writers predict No. 1 Florida State to blow past Syracuse on Saturday

first_imgPhil D’Abbraccio: Florida State 54, Syracuse 10We’re here to…FSU completes the perfect storm. Syracuse limps into this game with a lengthy list of injuries. Tim Lester has never called plays for a Division I offense before. Terrel Hunt, the SU offense’s only hope the past three weeks, is on the sideline for the next month. And if you haven’t heard, the reigning national champions and Heisman Trophy winner are lining up on the opposite side of the ball. But let’s look at the potential positives, however minuscule they are. Facing FSU’s defense won’t yield positive results for Austin Wilson or AJ Long, but it could make the next few opponents look that much more beatable. And if the Orange can escape without adding any more casualties to its medical staff’s watch, Syracuse will have at least won in a very tiny capacity.Jesse Dougherty: Florida State 48, Syracuse 13If a tree falls in a forestIf the Carrier Dome is empty by 3 p.m. on Saturday, the loss could sting a little bit less. The one good thing for the Orange heading into this one is that it really doesn’t have much to lose. There is some excitement for potential shifts in offensive scheme and Long and Wilson — the two guys that are figured to take the reps under center in Hunt’s absence — don’t have many expectations attached to them. There’s also a long list of players that were ruled out for the game and it seems likely that Syracuse’s main goal is to get healthy before heading to Wake Forest. If it can do that, there will be a small victory mixed into the massacre. Don’t expect to see first-team defenders past the beginning of the third quarter for the Orange, and the same could be said for Florida State.Jacob Klinger: Florida State 69, Syracuse 17Long way backJameis Winston makes it easy to forget that Florida State has such a bruising defense, until the game starts. While last year’s Heisman winner has completed 67 percent of his passes and scored 10 total touchdowns, the Seminoles defense ranks No. 30 in the country in total defense. When Winston leaves the field, FSU brings on a unit that’s allowed just 20.8 points per game. It’s worth noting that with Hunt and a decent running game, the Orange only put up 20 points on Maryland. Hunt’s out and the running game has been absent since the loss to the Terrapins. Regardless of who plays at quarterback, it’s going to get worse before it gets better for this depleted Orange team. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2014 at 12:15 amlast_img

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