This is a tall task for the Orange.
Syracuse is one game from Bowl eligibility. With three games left in the season, you would think that things were looking good for the Orange. And yes, I think they are. But this is a tough week to earn that honor of heading to a Bowl game. Syracuse is heading down to play #2 Florida State.
QB Jameis Winston of Florida State is now under a newly initiated sexual assault investigation that we all found out about this week. But that won't stop him from leading the Seminoles onto the field to play Syracuse, a team that has a major uphill climb. Winston, despite the distractions, will put that all aside and play the game he has excelled at all the weeks of this college football season. If Syracuse is to have a chance in this game, the offense has to consistently produce. The defense will only be able to do so much. Even if Syracuse manages to get turnovers, Syracuse will have to capitalize on those turnovers and turn them into points. If Syracuse can't score against FSU's defense, then obviously it will be a long day. Syracuse is a massive underdog in this game. And I'm not insane. I think Florida State is going to win. I just hope Syracuse can score at least once, something they couldn't do against Georgia Tech, and something they did a couple times against Clemson. Seminoles win 56 to 14.
This game will be available for the greater ACC Footprint on ABC and ESPN 2 for the rest of the nation at 3:30pm. You can check out which area you are in here. For those able to watch on ESPN 2, the game is also available at Watch ESPN. John will be watching the game and on the Tweets, but I'll be out of the home office. Enjoy the game. It should be... interesting.