Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse Prediction
Can Pittsburgh go on the road tonight and pick up a big win on the road when it takes on Syracuse at 7PM ET in ACC play?
Game Snapshot & Odds
311 Pittsburgh vs. 312 Syracuse
Friday, October 18, 2019
7PM ET – Carrier Dome
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Pittsburgh is favored on the road, as the Panthers are getting odds of -3.5 points against Syracuse. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 52 points. The public betting currently has 57 percent going on Pittsburgh as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cuse coming off loss
The Orange are coming off a 16-10 loss at N.C. State last weekend to snap a two-game win streak. Syracuse is 3-3 on the season, 0-2 in the ACC, 2-4 against the spread and 4-2 with the under.
Syracuse has been struggling on both sides of the ball. The Orange are putting up 25.5 points and 378.3 yards per game while the defense is giving up 26 points and 425.8 yards per outing. Tommy DeVito has played pretty well for the Cuse, throwing for 1,534 yards and 12 touchdowns with five interceptions. However, he has been sacked 26 times. Moe Neal is the leading rusher with 348 yards and three touchdowns while Trishton Jackson has 33 catches for 499 yards and six touchdowns.
Pittsburgh heating up
Pittsburgh is riding a three-game win streak right now following a 33-30 victory at Duke two weeks ago. The Panthers are now 4-2 on the season, 1-1 in the ACC, 4-2 against the spread and 4-2 with the under.
The Panthers have been led by their defense this year, allowing 22.5 points and 298.7 yards per game. Offensively, Pittsburgh is putting up 21.5 points and 393.2 yards per game. Kenny Pickett is leading the team with 1,370 passing yards and six touchdowns, but also has four interceptions. Taysir Mack is his leading receiver with 41 catches for 511 yards and two touchdowns. Todd Sibley Jr. is the leading rusher with just 192 yards. The defensive unit is led by Paris Ford, who has 45 tackles and two interceptions.
College Football Betting Trends
The Orange have covered the spread in four straight Friday games, but they are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a loss.
The Panthers are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following a win and 6-0 ATS in their last six games in October.
The home team has won four of the last five meetings in this series and Syracuse is 2-1-1 against the spread in their last four meetings. The Orange have struggled in conference play while Pittsburgh has been finding a way to win tough games. Win or lose, Pittsburgh has played to the level of its competition. The Panthers have the stronger defense, but the offense isn’t anything to write home about. Given Pittsburgh has seen its last three games decided by 3 points or less, I think this contest tonight comes down to the wire as well and that will be enough for Syracuse to at least cover.
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