Virginia Tech at Syracuse - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1) at Syracuse Orange (2-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange +19.5 -- Over/Under: 68 See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and Syracuse Orange meet Saturday afternoon in a college football matchup at the Carrier Dome.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look to build on their three-game winning streak by grabbing their second road victory. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won four straight road games overall. Jerod Evans is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,045 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception. Evans has 10 touchdown passes in his last three games. Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips have combined for 634 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Bucky Hodges has 13 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 194.2 yards per contest, and Travon McMillian leads the way with 288 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 15.6 points and 237.6 yards per game. Andrew Motuapuaka leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 49 tackles, Ken Ekanem has 4.5 sacks and Greg Stroman has three interceptions.
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The Syracuse Orange are desperate for a win after losing four of their last five games. The Syracuse Orange have not beat a ranked team since their 2012 victory over the Louisville Cardinals. Eric Dungey is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,886 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Dungey has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 11 games. Amba Etta-Tawo and Ervin Philips have combined for 1,233 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Steve Ishmael has 27 receptions. The Syracuse Orange ground game is averaging 130.5 yards per contest, and Dontae Strickland leads the way with 343 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 36 points and 475.2 yards per game. Parris Bennett leads the Syracuse Orange with 54 tackles, Chris Slayton has three sacks and Daivon Ellison has one interception.
The Hokies are 6-13-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Orange are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Syracuse has been able to compete on its home field and is averaging more than 500 yards of offense when playing at the Carrier Dome. Yes, Virginia Tech is playing its best ball of the season and has an offense finally to go with an above-average defense. However, Syracuse has playmakers and will be able to put some points on the board. Syracuse also doesn't get enough credit for home field advantage as that building can get loud when it wants. Being that the Hokies are ranked, Syracuse should have a packed house.
I'll take my chances with Syracuse and the points.