Syracuse Orange at Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (2-3) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Field)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2.5 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange will travel to play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in an ACC game on Saturday.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 4-1 (1-1) this season after losing to NC State by a score of 33-16 in their last game. Wake Forest has started the season strong and will look to continue their hot start in this contest. The Wake Forest offense is averaging 23.6 points per game with 173.8 rushing yards and 176 passing yards per game. John Wolford is completing 56.9% of his passes for 686 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Wake Forest. Matt Colburn has rushed for 337 yards and 1 touchdown, while John Wolford has added 182 rushing yards and 3 scores for the Demon Deacons. Tabari Hines has caught 17 passes for 226 yards and 1 touchdown, while Chuck Wade has caught 14 passes for 107 yards and 1 touchdown for Wake Forest. The Wake Forest defense is giving up 19.8 points per game with 110.8 rushing yards and 265.4 passing yards per game. Jessie Bates has led the Wake Forest defense with 41 tackles and 2 interceptions, while Duke Ejiofor has added 20 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. Mike Weaver has gone 7-8 on field goals this season, with a long of 46 yards.
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The Syracuse Orange are 2-3 (0-1) this season after losing to Notre Dame by a score of 50-33 in their last game. Syracuse struggled on defense in this game, allowing 33 points in the first half. The Syracuse offense is averaging 29 points per game with 125 rushing yards and 370 passing yards per game. Eric Dungey is completing 64.4% of his passes for 1730 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Syracuse. Dontae Strickland has rushed for 269 yards, while Eric Dungey has rushed for 116 yards and 5 scores for the Orange. Amba Etta-Tawo has caught 47 passes for 840 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Ervin Phillips has caught 42 passes for 357 yards and 3 touchdowns for Syracuse. The Syracuse defense is giving up 37.6 points per game with 204 rushing yards and 300.2 passing yards per game. Parris Bennett has led the Orange defense with 42 tackles and 2 forced fumbles, while Zaire Franklin has added 41 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Cole Murphy has gone 7-11 on field goals for Syracuse, with a long of 48 yards.
Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss, while the over is 6-1 in the last 7 road games for Syracuse. Wake Forest is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The under is 13-6-1 in the last 20 home games for Wake Forest. Syracuse is 5-0 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.
This should be a very entertaining game between two evenly matched teams. Wake Forest has surprised some people to start the season and has been able to play strong defense. Syracuse plays in higher scoring games, but has a struggling defense. With Wake Forest having the home field advantage, I like them here behind their defense.