Syracuse Orange (4-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (2-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 6, 2018, 12:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +4.5 -- Over/Under:
The Syracuse Orange will match up with the Pittsburgh Panthers in college football activity from Heinz Field on Saturday.
Syracuse enters this one with a 4-1 record so far. The Orange opened up with wins over Western Michigan, Wagner, Florida State and UConn before falling to Clemson in a great game 27-23.
In the Orange matchup, Syracuse QB Eric Dungey put up 250 yards and a pick (with two rush TDs), while Jamal Custis logged 73 yards and five catches. Sean Riley led a pretty anemic rush with two carries for 24 yards.
Over on the Pittsburgh side, they’re currently 2-3 on the season. The Panthers opened up with a win over Albany before getting crushed by intrastate rival Penn State. Pitt got a win over Georgia Tech before falling to UNC and UCF in their last two games.
In the UCF matchup, Pitt QB Kenny Pickett posted 163 yards with one TD and one INT, and Qadree Ollison posted 49 yards on 11 totes to lead the rush. The Panthers’ top receiver was Maurice Ffrench with 78 yards and one TD on three grabs.
The Orange are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five October games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five overall. Syracuse is also 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games and 6-1-2 ATS in their last nine following an ATS win.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six in October and 5-2 ATS in the last seven conference games. Pittsburgh is 7-17 ATS in their last 24 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall.
Syracuse had Clemson on the ropes, going into halftime with a 16-7 edge. The Orange were outscored 20-7 in the second half however, and really couldn’t get much going. Still, the Orange are a dangerous team with a lot of weapons, and they can hang with anybody in the country.
As for Pitt, they just haven’t looked quite right since their extreme dud against the Nittany Lions (51-6) and have been wildly inconsistent in most facets.
I’m firmly onboard the Syracuse bandwagon right now, and I’m taking the Orange to cover here.