The NC State Wolfpack (3-1) are set to host the Syracuse Orange (2-2) this Saturday in ACC play. Kickoff is set for 12:20 EST at Carter-Finley Stadium and will be televised on the ACC Network.
Oddsmakers currently have the Wolfpack listed as a 13-point home favorite with the total set at 63 points. Click on the link to check out the our Week 5 betting lines and game schedule.
Syracuse vs NC State Game Preview & Vegas Betting Odds
The Orange cashed a winning ticket last week losing by just 9 (26-35) as big 21.5-point road underdog a ranked LSU team (No. 25). It didn’t look good early. Syracuse trailed 3-21 very early in the 3rd quarter. The responded by going on a 23-7 run to pull within 26-28. They failed on an onside kick and LSU secured the win with a 56-yard TD drive. The Orange are now 2-2 ATS after an 0-2 start.
NC State didn’t just cover as a dog, they won outright. The Wolfpack went into Tallahassee and beat then No. 12 Florida State 27-21 as a 11-point underdog. NC State led 10-0 at the end of the 1st quarter and never trailed the rest of the way. A big win, but not a complete shock to a lot of people. Most experts were on NC State, as this was the Seminoles first game without starting QB Deondre Francois.
The Wolfpack have had the advantage in this series. They won 35-20 at Syracuse a year ago and are 9-1 in the series all-time.
College Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: NC State -13
I would have to lean towards laying less than two touchdowns with NC State. A lot of people were high on this team coming into the season. Many thought they were a sleeper in the Atlantic. A 28-35 loss at home to South Carolina in their opener quickly put that hype to rest. The thing is, they were the better team in that game. They outgained the Gamecocks 504-246 and had a 29-12 edge in first downs.
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They have looked the part of that sleeper team since that loss, but I don’t think people trust them just yet. They credit that win to Florida State not having their starting QB. The Seminoles’ James Blackmon went 22 of 38 for 278 yards with a 1-0 TD-INT ratio. It’s not like they got horrible QB play and that’s why NC State won. It wasn’t even a big enough win to get them in the Top 25. I don’t think that sits well with this team and they come out looking to make a statement against Syracuse.
I like the potential of the Orange under 2nd year head coach Dino Babers. I think they would have been a much bigger dog here had it not been for them keeping it close at LSU last week. Keep in mind they were getting more than 3 TD’s at LSU and are now laying getting less than 2 against a team that might be just as good, or even better.
That is the same LSU team that got embarrassed by a Mississippi State team that couldn’t hang with Georgia. At the same time, it’s not like Syracuse was all that impressive in their first 3 games. They lost at home to Middle Tennessee, who was outscored 62-9 in two games against Vanderbilt and Minnesota. They did beat Central Michigan by 24, but the Chippewas need OT to beat Rhode Island at home.
Last year each of Syracuse’s 8 losses were by 15 or more and they really struggled to keep it close against the top teams in the ACC. I just think the Orange are going to run in a buzz saw here with that dominant defensive line of NC State. Keep in mins that Syracuse likes to play fast and if the offense isn’t working, things tend to get ugly in a hurry.
We should also feel confident that NC State is able to move the ball against this Orange defense. Syracuse’s weakness is their pass defense, which just let LSU throw for more than 300 yards. The passing game is the strength of the NC State offense. The Wolfpack are just 87th in rushing (146.3 ypg) compared to 15th in pass (314.8 ypg).