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Syracuse Orange vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/2/13

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-4) at Syracuse Orange (3-4)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -3.5 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds

TV: Gameplan/ESPN3

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons travel to Syracuse to play the Orange on Saturday afternoon.

Wake Forest dropped to 4-4 on the year, 2-3 ACC, after losing to Miami on the road 24-21 last weekend. Wake Forest led this game for three quarters but could not hold on late for the big win. The offense produced 361 yards against a stout Miami defense. QB Tanner Price threw for 302 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. WR Michael Campanaro had another great game, catching 10 balls for 88 yards for the Demon Deacons. Price has thrown for 1,778 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. Campanaro has caught a team-high 65 balls for 792 yards with 6 touchdowns this season. The Wake Forest offense is averaging a lousy 21.9 points per game, which ranks 101st in the country. The Wake Forest defense, which has been surprisingly good this year, allowed 391 yards against Miami. The Demon Deacons did a good job getting off the field on third down and played well against the pass. The Demon Deacons defense ranks 25th in the country, giving up just under 21 points per game. Wake Forest will stay on the road for their upcoming game; the Demon Deacons are 1-3 on the road this year.

Syracuse Orange vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/2/13

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The Syracuse Orange had the week off after getting blown out against Georgia Tech two weeks ago, 56-0. Syracuse is 3-4 overall, 1-2 ACC, and the Orange are 2-2 at home this season. The Orange rank 82nd in points scored this season, averaging just less than 27 points per game. In the game against Georgia Tech, QB Terrel Hunt completed 7 of 14 passes for 68 yards with an interception. QB Drew Allen took over in the second half and completed 6 of 15 passes for 65 yards with an interception. Hunt has thrown for 662 yards and 7 touchdowns this season, while Allen has thrown for 637 yards and 2 touchdowns. WR Ashton Broyld leads the team in receiving with 30 catches for 294 yards, while WR West has chipped in with 13 catches for 242 yards and 1 touchdown. The rushing attack is led by Jerome Smith, who has 525 yards on 99 carries with 8 touchdowns for the Orange this season. The Syracuse defense that gave up 56 to Georgia Tech and 48 to Clemson at home is ranked 74th in points allowed, giving up 29 points per game this season. Syracuse will be well rested and prepared to bounce back against Wake Forest this weekend.

Wake Forest is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Syracuse is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.

Wake Forest is coming off a hard fought loss down in Miami, while Syracuse is well rested after getting blown out against Georgia Tech two weeks ago. Wake Forest has the better defense but Syracuse should be able to move the ball on the ground against Wake Forest. However, with two below average quarterbacks playing for Syracuse, the Demon Deacons may stack the box up front and focus on stopping the run. Syracuse can’t become one-dimensional or they will be in deep trouble in this game. If Syracuse can run the ball early and often I think they bounce back with a win at home. I think this may be a possible letdown spot for Wake Forest. I’ll take Syracuse to win at home by a touchdown.

Syracuse -3.5

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