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Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse Orange - 9/9/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisville Cardinals (1-0) at Syracuse Orange (1-0)
Date & Time Friday September 9, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Syracuse Orange +13 -- Over/Under: 61
TV Channel
ESPN2
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We’ve got a great Week 2 ACC college football matchup headed our way Friday, September 9 as the Louisville Cardinals and the Syracuse Orange battle it out at the Carrier Dome. 

Syracuse was able to get Dino Babers a victory in Week 1 against Colgate, and the Orange debuted their quick-pace offense in a 33-7 result. On the day, Syracuse picked up 554 yards of offense on 81 plays, overwhelming Colgate with a fast-break, no-huddle attack. QB Eric Dungey was the model of efficiency here, going 34-of-40 for 355 yards. His primary targets were Ervin Philips (who caught a school-record 14 balls) and Amba Etta-Tawo (who grabbed 12 passes for 210 yards, which is the fifth-highest in Syracuse history). Each receiver had a touchdown catch. Moe Neal led the way on the ground with nine carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. Colgate scored first in the game, but it was all Orange from then on out. 

Meanwhile, Louisville also had an incredibly dominant Week 1 outing, destroying the Charlotte 49ers by a whopping 70-14. Lamar Jackson was masterful at QB here, hitting 16 different receivers and throwing six touchdowns. Jackson also bagged a couple of scores on the ground himself as part of a team-high 119 rush yards. The eight total TDs in the game gave Jackson a school record on the way to 405 yards in the first half alone, when the score was 56-0. Jamari Staples was the main beneficiary of the passing game (though he failed to score), with his four receptions for 83 yards. the Cardinals defense held the 49ers to just 208 yards all together. 

Louisville is 27-11 ATS in their last 38 road games, and 20-6 in their last 26 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Cardinals are also 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games. 

As for the Orange, they’re 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Syracuse is also 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight Friday games. 

If Louisville can keep Syracuse off the field for extended periods in this one (which I think they can), the offense should be able to take care of the rest. I like the Cardinals to cover here in what should be a fun offensive game.

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Pick:
Louisville Cardinals -13

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