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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Syracuse Orange - 10/17/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Syracuse Orange (3-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (1-4)
Date & Time Saturday October 17, 2015, 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 54
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CFB | Syracuse Orange (3-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (1-4)
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The Virginia Cavaliers will host ACC opponent Syracuse this Saturday at Scott Stadium.

The Virginia Cavaliers are coming off a 26-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers and have now lost 2 games in a row. Quarterback Matt Johns went 17/33 for 209 yards and 1 touchdown and threw 1 interception. Running back Albert Reid carried the ball 4 times for 74 yards. Leading rusher Taquan Mizzell only managed to rush for 39 yards on 7 carries. Wide Receiver T.J Thorpe led the Cavaliers in receiving with 5 catches for 70 yards. Canaan Severin added 3 catches and 50 yards and a touchdown. Virginia’s defense played well causing 2 turnovers and only allowing 363 yards, however their offense was unable to put up enough points. Virginia will now host struggling Syracuse this week.

 Syracuse is coming off a bad loss to the South Florida Bulls losing 45-24. Quarterback Eric Dungey completed 21 of his 34 passes for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Dungey also added 17 carries for 31 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. Syracuse running backs were unable to get anything going on the ground. Syracuse’s leading rusher carried the ball 3 times for 21 yards. Phillips was also the leading receiver catching 5 passes for 75 yards. Wide Receiver Steve Ishmael caught 5 passes for 40 yards and 1 touchdown. Syracuse now has lost 2 games in a row and will try to avoid a 3rd when they travel to Virginia this weekend.

 Syracuse is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game. Syracuse is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 conference games. Virginia is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. The Cavaliers are 1-51 against the spread in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. 

Virginia and Syracuse have both been struggling so its hard to say who will win this game. Im leaning towards Virginia winning the game but  it will probably be close. I would stay away but if you must i think the smart play is Syracuse and the points.

Pick:
Syracuse +8.5

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