Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-3) at Syracuse Orange (2-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 1, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Syracuse Orange +12 -- Over/Under:
Over at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got Week 5 college football action coming between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Syracuse Orange.
Notre Dame comes into this one at 1-3, with their latest loss coming on Saturday at the hands of Duke 38-35. The Irish allowed 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of that game to ensure their own demise. Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer would finish 22-of-37 for two touchdowns, 381 yards and an interception, with Equanimeous St. Brown getting the bulk of the receiving work with six grabs for 116 yards and a TD. Kizer would also lead the Irish in rushing with 11 carries for 60 yards and a TD.
So far this year, Kizer has posted a 72-of-116 line with 1096 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Josh Adams leads Notre Dame in rushing with 47 carries for 238 yards and one TD. St. Brown sits atop the receiving rankings with his 21 receptions for 359 yards and four scores.
Over on the Syracuse side, they’ll be entering this week’s game at 2-2, following a 31-24 victory over Connecticut this past Saturday. The Orange got a nice effort from WR Amba Etta-Tawo in that one, as he’d finish with 12 receptions for 270 yards and two scores. Syracuse QB Eric Dungey took care of the rest with a 26-of-40 line for 407 yards and two touchdowns.
On the season to date, Dungey has posted a 117-of-179 line for 1367 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Etta-Tawo leads the Orange in receiving with 40 receptions, 706 yards and five touchdowns. On the ground, Syracuse’s Dontae Strickland is the high man with 61 carries and 226 yards but he still hasn’t found the end zone yet.
The Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games, and 6-2 ATS against a team with a losing record. Syracuse is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in October, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
As for the Irish, they’re 5-2 AS in their last seven games following an ATS loss, and 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games in October. Notre Dame is also 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
I’d like to see more of a running game out of Syracuse, but if they can win without it more power to them. There aren’t many teams out there who can stop a passing attack like the Orange have, and Norte Dame isn’t one of them. I’ll take Syracuse to get a big win here.