Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Syracuse Orange CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0) at Syracuse Orange (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: Syracuse Orange +12 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Syracuse Orange square off Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking like a dark horse playoff team if they can continue to play at this level. Everett Golson is not the same quarterback he was a couple of years ago, as he’s completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 780 yards and seven touchdowns. Golson has yet to turn the ball over and is leading a Notre Dame offense that is averaging 36.3 points per game. A combination of Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston has helped the Irish average 4.3 yards per carry. As long as Golson can continue to take care of the football and be the leader offensively, Notre Dame is going to be tough to beat this season. Defensively, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 315.3 yards per game and have forced nine turnovers and eight sacks. Joe Schmidt leads Notre Dame with 23 tackles and Jaylon Smith has four tackles for loss.
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The Syracuse Orange look to bounce back from their loss to the Maryland Terrapins and hope to get their running game going here. Syracuse likes to slow the game down offensively with a running game that’s led by Adonis Ameen-Moore, Prince-Tyson Gulley and quarterback Terrel Hunt. The Orange are averaging 5.9 yards per carry and Hunt leads the way with 273 rushing yards and five touchdowns. With this ground game success the Orange are tough to beat as long as the game’s close, however, Hunt is completing only 58.7 percent of his passes, which puts Syracuse at a disadvantage once the game starts slipping away. Defensively, the Syracuse Orange are allowing 325 yards and have forced two turnovers and 12 sacks. Cameron Lynch leads Syracuse with 30 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss, while Darius Kelly has 18 tackles.
The Fighting Irish are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September. The Orange are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games.
Being taken outside of the dome is a disadvantage to Syracuse, as MetLife provides less noise due to being open, and you can bet the place will be packed with Notre Dame fans who travel well. If Maryland and Villanova can give Syracuse issues, I see the Fighting Irish having little trouble in this one. Notre Dame by at least two touchdowns.