ESPN Friday Night College Football Odds: Connecticut vs. Syracuse Print
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Friday, 19 October 2012 12:30
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Connecticut vs. Syracuse Odds

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SYRACUSE, NY (The Spread) – The Big East takes center stage on Friday night as Syracuse hosts Connecticut at 8PM ET on ESPN.

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Connecticut is 3-4 this year, 0-2 in the Big East and 1-2 on the road. Syracuse is 2-4 overall, 1-1 in the big East and 2-2 at home. The Huskies are 2-4-1 against the spread this year while the Orange are 1-4-1 ATS. Connecticut has won five straight in this series.

Trends show that Connecticut has covered the spread in its last 5 games with Syracuse. The favorite has covered in 7 of the last 8 in this series while the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 games of this series.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Syracuse is a slight home favorite in this game, as the Orange are getting odds of -4 at home against Connecticut. The over/under total has been set 43.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Syracuse favored by 4 points as well. The spread reached a low of 3.5 points during the week and a high of 5 points before closing at Syracuse -4.

Syracuse is coming off a 23-15 loss at Rutgers last week. The Orange have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. On the year, Syracuse is averaging 22.8 points per game on offense while allowing 25.7 points per game on defense. The Orange have a strong passing game, which is posting 318 yards per game this year. Quarterback Ryan Nassib has thrown for 1,908 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the team.

Connecticut is coming off a 17-14 overtime loss to Temple last week at home. The Huskies have had three of their four losses come by six points or less. The Huskies are allowing just 16.3 points per game this year, but the problem is they are scoring only 19 points per contest, which ranks 111th in the nation. The offense is being led by quarterback Chandler Whitmer, who has thrown for 1,535 yards and six touchdowns this season.

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In terms of Injuries, Connecticut fullback Michael Osiecki is questionable with a concussion. Syracuse receiver Jeremiah Kobena is questionable with a wrist injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Syracuse. The Orange are getting 54% of the wagers with odds of -4 points at home against Connecticut on Saturday.

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