- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC) at No. 17 Florida State (6-1, 4-1 ACC), noon (ABC)

Line: Florida State by 20 1/2

Series Record: Florida State 7-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida State comes into a game trying to rebound off a regular-season loss (22-16 last Saturday at Georgia Tech) for the first time in three years and trying not to look ahead to next Saturday’s key showdown at third-ranked Clemson. Syracuse won its first three games but has dropped four straight, including the last two on the final play of the game.

KEY MATCHUP

Florida State junior WR Kermit Whitfield against Syracuse sophomore CB Corey Winfield. With RB Dalvin Cook out with an ankle injury, even more pressure will be on the Seminoles’ passing game. Whitfield, who came into the season with 16 receptions in 28 career games, has 24 catches for 328 yards and a touchdown in the past three. Winfield leads the Orange with two interceptions and also has three passes defensed.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Syracuse: WR Steve Ishmael has 11 receptions for 154 yards the past two games. The sophomore leads the team in catches with 25 for 372 yards and has a touchdown in each of the past three games.

Florida State: QB Everett Golson has thrown nine of his 11 touchdowns in the second half. He is one of four quarterbacks in FBS with at least 200 pass attempts (204) and has thrown one interception or fewer this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

Johnathan Vickers and Jacques Patrick are expected to get most of the carries with Cook out. … The Seminoles have committed just two turnovers, which is tied for the national lead with LSU. The previous school mark for least turnovers thru seven games was six in 2013. … Florida State has 16 quarterback sacks, which is one fewer than they had last season. … Syracuse leads the ACC and is fourth in the nation in defensive touchdowns with three (two interceptions, one fumble recovery). … The Orange have had 11 offensive scoring drives this season that have lasted less than two minutes. They had four last year.

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