Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) vs. Syracuse Orange (3-0)
September 23, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Syracuse Orange -9.5 / Virginia Cavaliers +9.5; Over/Under: 60.5
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The Syracuse Orange and Virginia Cavaliers clash Friday night in a week 4 ACC college football game at the JMA Wireless Dome. The Virginia Cavaliers look to build on their 2-1 record. The Syracuse Orange look for their first 4-0 start since the 2018 season.
The Virginia Cavaliers have lost 4 of their last 6 road games. Brennan Armstrong is completing 52.9 percent of his passes for 710 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Keytaon Thompson and Lavel Davis Jr. have combined for 438 receiving yards and 1 touchdown, while Dontayvion Wicks has 12 receptions. The Virginia Cavaliers ground game is averaging 186.3 yards per contest, and Perris Jones leads the way with 186 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 18.3 points and 350.3 yards per game. Nick Jackson leads the Virginia Cavaliers with 31 tackles, Chico Bennett Jr. has 2 sacks and Anthony Johnson has 1 interception.
The Syracuse Orange have won 5 of their last 8 home games. Garrett Shrader is completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 709 yards, 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Oronde Gadsden II and Sean Tucker have combined for 317 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Devaughn Cooper has 8 receptions. The Syracuse Orange ground game is averaging 162.7 yards per contest, and Tucker leads the way with 254 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 16.7 points and 340.3 yards per game. Garrett Williams leads the Syracuse Orange with 26 tackles, Mikel Jones has 2 sacks and Derek McDonald has 1 interception.
The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Orange are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Orange last 5 home games.
The Virginia Cavaliers haven’t looked like the team many expected them to be this season, and a lot of that has to do with a poor passing attack. It’s strange. The Syracuse Orange are flowing with confidence after a strong 3-0 start, and their walk off win over Purdue last week only adds to things. The line is probably accurate. However, I’m not convinced Virginia is this bad, and I’d expect this offense to get its act together to some degree. Syracuse probably wins at home, but Virginia has another gear it’s capable of finding. Give me the points.