Syracuse Orange vs. Tulane Green Wave Free Pick 9/21/13
Tulane Green Wave (2-1) at Syracuse Orange (1-2)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -14.5 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
TV: Gameplan/ESPN 3
The Tulane Green Wave visit the Syracuse Orange on Saturday.
Tulane improved to 2-1 on the season after beating Louisiana Tech 24-15 last Thursday night. Tulane put up 364 yards of total offense, but turned the ball over four times. QB Nick Montana threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns to help Tulane rally for the win. Montana helped Tulane put the game out of reach late in the third quarter, leading a 94-yard, 11-play drive culminating with a 38-yard scoring pass to WR Xavier Rush. Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, finished 20-for-36 passing. RB Kelley and RB Darkwa combined for 155 yards rushing on 29 carries for the Green Wave. The Tulane defense allowed 289 total yards and did a great job getting off the field on 3rd down, as Louisiana Tech converted only 4 of 18 opportunities. The Green Wave defense also forced 2 turnovers in the win. The defense will have to play at the same level in this weekend’s game at Syracuse if their going to have a chance to win.
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The Syracuse Orange earned their first victory of the season over Wagner, 54-0, on Saturday and are now 1-2 on the season. Syracuse played two tough games to start the year, having to play Penn State on a neutral field and at Northwestern in week two. The Orange only lost by 6 to Penn State and were dominated by Northwestern, losing by 21. Against Wagner, Syracuse produced 595 yards of total offense. The Orange were led by QB Hunt, who finished 15 of 18 for 265 yards and three touchdowns. WR West had five grabs for 147 yards with a touchdown, while WR Kobena had 4 catches for 55 yards in the win. RB Smith rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, while RB Morris carried the ball 9 times for 56 yards. The Orange defense allowed only 87 yards of offense to the far inferior Wagner squad. Syracuse forced three turnovers and dominated time of possession. This week, Syracuse comes in as a two-touchdown favorite against Tulane but it won’t be easy for the Orange to get the win.
The under is 5-1 in Tulane’s last 6 road games. Syracuse is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Syracuse has won the last five meetings between these two teams dating back to 1991. Last year, Syracuse beat Tulane by three points on the road. Tulane is slightly underrated in my opinion as they have a few good playmakers on offense and the defense is stingy. Syracuse has been tested early this year and is tough to play against on their home field. I think Tulane will come to play in this game and I believe the spread is set too high, so I’ll take the points with Tulane.