Liberty vs. Syracuse - 8/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Syracuse at Liberty
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM (Williams Stadium )
Liberty Flames +17.5 O/U: 66 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and the Liberty Flames will meet up on the college football circuit to open the season up on Saturday.
The Orange are coming off a 10-3 record overall last season, going 6-2 in ACC play. That left them in second place in the Atlantic Division and earned an invite to the Camping World Bowl, where Syracuse defeated West Virginia 34-18.
This season, the Orange will once again be under the guidance of head coach Dino Babers, who is entering his fourth season. Mike Lynch will return to head the offense, and Brian Ward enters his fourth year as defensive coordinator for Syracuse.
Over on the Flames’ side, they’re fresh off a .500 mark at 6-6 in 2018. As an independent, Liberty missed out on applying for bowl eligibility due to all the spots being taken by conference teams.
2019 marks a year of change for the Flames, as new head coach Hugh Freeze takes the reins after Turner Gill’s retirement. Kent Austin and Maurice Haris will run the offense, while Scott Symons will handle defensive coordinator duties on a rookie coaching staff.
The Orange are 5-0 ATS in their last five games on turf and 5-1 ATS in their last six overall. Syracuse is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games.
Meanwhile, the Flames are 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the ACC and 17-4 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games. Liberty is 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 overall and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 on turf.
Syracuse comes into 2019 with the 10th-best ranked draft class in the ACC and 55th overall, and though they’ll have to reload at some key positions the team should be right there behind Clemson in the conference if all goes according to plan.
As for Liberty, they’re bound to have some growing pains as they acclimate themselves to new leadership, but certainly have the talent to put together a solid campaign.
That said, I don’t think Syracuse will have a lot of trouble here. If the line inflates much more I may change my mind, but for now I’m going Orange.