Syracuse vs. Central Michigan - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0) at Syracuse Orange (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Up at Carrier Dome in New York on Saturday, September 16, the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Syracuse Orange will be meeting up in Week 2 college football action.
Central Michigan is sitting at 2-0 so far following a tense triple-OT 30-27 win over URI in the opener, and a 45-27 win over Kansas in Week 2. In that Kansas game, Chippewas QB Shane Morris finished 28-of-37 for 467 yards and five scores; Mark Chapman was Central Michigan’s top receiver with eight grabs for 168 yards and three touchdowns.
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So far this year, Morris has 693 yards and six touchdowns, while Jonathan Ward leads the Chippewas on 30 carries for 206 yards and a TD. Chapman has racked up 13 receptions for 256 yards and three scores to lead the central Michigan receivers.
Over on the Syracuse side, they’re currently 1-1 through two games, beating Central Connecticut State 50-7 in their opener and falling to Middle Tennessee 30-23 in Week 2. In that game, Orange QB Eric Dungey posted a 26-of-42 line for 180 yards and a pick, while also leading Syracuse with 19 carries for 53 yards and a TD.
On the year so far, Dungey has 508 yards passing with three scores and a pick, then 28 carries for 104 yards and three scores on the ground. The Orange’s top receiver so far this season is Steve Ishmael with 26 receptions for 250 yards.
The Chippewas are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games in September and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. Central Michigan is also 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last eight versus the ACC.
Meanwhile, the Orange are 14-3-1 ATS int heir last 18 versus the MAC and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Syracuse is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
This should be a pretty fun matchup, and may end up being closer than a lot of people think. Central Michigan has been pretty solid on offense thus far, and this will be their biggest test of the young season. Syracuse, meanwhile, should have beaten Middle Tennessee obviously, but couldn’t close things out. I like this to be a fairly high-scoring game, and I think Central Michigan can keep pace. I’ll take the Chippewas to cover.