SYRA­CUSE over Florida St by 6

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We hope some­one con­fided to new Florida State head coach Wil­lie Tag­gart that if he took the job, he would have to hang on for dear life dur­ing the early part of the 2018 sea­son. Af­ter the Semi­noles were taken be­hind the shed by Vir­ginia Tech in FSU’s sea­son, home and ACC opener, 24-3, Tag­gart watched as his team was out-gained 535-452 in Game Two, a lack­lus­ter 36-26 win over Sam­ford (that’s Sam­ford, folks, not Stan­ford). It might be a good thing for the Noles to get out of town and ease the cease­less pres­sure from dis­grun­tled home crowds. But while Tag­gart owns a sweet 30-13-1 ATS record when play­ing away, he’ll need to over­come FSU’s mark as con­fer­ence road chalk of 20 or less points. Yes, it’s strange to see the .500 Semi­noles look­ing up at the un­de­feated Or­ange but our well-oiled ma­chine likes Syra­cuse’s chances here as it notes that CFB home dogs off con­sec­u­tive wins are a rock solid 75-29-3 ATS af­ter scor­ing 40-plus points in each of their pre­vi­ous two games, go­ing

last sea­son. In ad­di­tion, SU head coach Dino Babers is 13-7 SU and 12-7-1 ATS in games where he owns the bet­ter record, in­clud­ing

the last twelve. Yes, tak­ing the Cuse against a peren­nial power like this can be as daunt­ing as a trust-fall. To which we say, close your eyes and let go.

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