Syracuse vs. Notre Dame Prediction
Can No. 3 Notre Dame pick up another sizable win over a ranked opponent when it faces No. 12 Syracuse this afternoon at 2:30PM ET from Yankee Stadium?
Game Snapshot & Odds
367 Syracuse at 368 Notre Dame
Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:30PM ET – Yankee Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Notre Dame is the favorite in this game, as the Fighting Irish are getting odds of -10 points against Syracuse. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 64 points. The public betting for this game currently has 63 percent going on Syracuse.
Notre Dame eyeing playoffs
The Fighting Irish remained undefeated with a sound 42-13 win over Florida State at home last week. Notre Dame is now 10-0 overall, 6-3-1 against the spread and 6-4 with the over. The Irish are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games.
Notre Dame is averaging 34.5 points and 453.7 yards per game on offense this year. Quarterback Ian Book had to sit out last week with a rib injury, but the offense still played well. Book is expected to play today. He has thrown for 1,824 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. Dexter Williams is the leading rusher with 770 yards and 10 touchdowns while Miles Boykin is the leading receiver with 44 catches, 654 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 18.7 points and 330.1 yards per contest. Their pass defense is giving up just 191.2 yards per game.
Orange on a win streak
Syracuse is on a roll right now, winning four straight following a 54-23 victory at home over Louisville last week that led to the firing of Bobby Petrino of Louisville. The Orange are now 8-2 overall, 7-2-1 against the spread and 6-4 with the over. They have covered the spread in three straight games.
The Syracuse offense has been a handful for opponents this year. The Orange are putting up 44.4 points and 482.2 yards per game this year. Eric Dungey has thrown for 2,193 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 690 yards and 12 touchdowns. Leading rusher Moe Neal has 716 yards and five touchdowns, but he is questionable for this game with an undisclosed injury. Jamal Custis is the leading receiver with 42 catches for 748 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 27.6 points and 430.3 yards per game. Their run defense is giving up nearly 170 yards per game.
College Football Betting Trends
Notre Dame is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games at a neutral site and 8-20-1 ATS in its last 29 games in November.
Syracuse is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games on grass and 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games against winning teams.
This is the biggest game Syracuse has had in some time and on a grand stage of Yankee Stadium. However, the setting shouldn’t play into the favor of Syracuse. The cold and grass will go in favor of the Irish, who are accustomed to these conditions. I think this will be a competitive contest, but the Irish have played in a lot of big games this year and this shouldn’t impact them. I expect Notre Dame to stay poised and pull out a cover for this contest.
College Football Prediction: Notre Dame -10