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Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – NCAA odds & tips


Syracuse-Orange-vs.-Notre-Dame-Fighting-IrishSyracuse vs. Notre Dame – 2:30 PM EST, Saturday, November 17, at Yankee Stadium New York, NY

Betting Line: Notre Dame -9
Over/Under: 61.5 points at 888 Sportsbook

Syracuse is ranked and hits the road to face the third-ranked Notre Dame, who have their eyes on the BCS prize.

There are many betting opportunities in this non-conference match up and punters have a lot of choices when it comes to value NCAA wagers.

Syracuse is the 13th ranked team in the nation with only two losses, but those two losses were both in ACC play. They will not catch Clemson and play in the conference title game, but they can greatly improve the bowl they play in by beating a 3rd ranked Notre Dame team in their house. The Orange have won four games in a row and they are led by an offense that ranks seventh in the nation scoring an average of 44.4 points per game.

This season Syracuse is 1-1 facing ranked teams narrowly losing to Clemson and beating NC State.




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Notre Dame is the 3rd ranked team in the nation and undefeated and the only teams in their way to a BCS playoff berth are Syracuse and USC in their season finale. The Fighting Irish are a very balanced team on both sides of the ball and they rank 15th in the nation in points allowed per game and 31st in points per game.

This game is being held at a neutral site in Yankee Stadium in New York City and the Fighting Irish have covered the spread in four of their last five neutral site games.

This season Syracuse is 8-2 SU with an ATS record of 7-2-1 and an O/U record of 6-4 and Notre Dame is 10-0 with an ATS record of 6-3-1and an O/U record of 6-4.

The last time these teams met in 2016 it was a barnburner with Notre Dame beating Syracuse 50-33.

In their last game Syracuse blew up on offense in their 54-23 win over Louisville. They scored 30 points in the 2nd quarter, racked up 518 yards of offense, including 326 rushing yards, and while they committed three turnovers they forced four of them.

Eric Dungey leads the Syracuse offense and in the blowout win over Louisville he passed for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Moe Neal was the big workhorse for the Orange in the game rushing for 159 yards with two other players, including Dungey, rushing for at least 62 yards.

The Fighting Irish rank 29th in the nation defending the run and 41stdefending the pass.

Notre Dame was at home in their last game and they crushed Florida State beating them 42-13. They outscored the Seminoles 32-6 in the first half and for the game they had 495 yards and they held FSU to 322 yards.

Notre Dame ran ragged in the win over FSU to the tune of 365 rushing yards. Dexter Williams had a big game rushing for 202 yards and quarterback Brandon Wimbush rushed for 68 yards and also passed for 130 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Ian Book is the starting quarterback for the Irish and he missed the Florida State game with an injury, but will get the start in this game,

Syracuse is a high scoring team, but they have issues on defense this season where they only rank 107th in the nation in pass defense and 70thin run defense. With the defense the Orange have their offense may have to light up the scoreboard to have any chance to win, but that is a tall task facing a solid Notre Dame defense on the road.

Syracuse Orange betting trends

  • 4-0-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games
  • 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games
  • 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games facing a team with a winning record
  • Over record of 4-1 in their last five games

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish betting trends

  • 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games facing a team with a winning record
  • 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games
  • 4-1 ATS in their last five games held at a neutral site
  • Over record of 6-1 in their last seven games

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame betting prediction

Syracuse can really throw a wrench in the BCS standings with a road win in this game, but they will not get it.

Notre Dame is too strong on defense and will not allow the Orange to score a lot of points

Notre Dame will win this game and cover the spread, staying perfect on the season.

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