The undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0) host the #12 overall Syracuse Orange (8-2) on Saturday afternoon in a clash between two AP Top 25 teams. Kickoff is set for 2:30 PM EST at Yankee Stadium and the game will be broadcast on NBC.
Taking a look at the Week 12 college football odds, Notre Dame opened as a 9.5-point home favorite earlier this week. That line has moved by just half a point after early betting, as the Fighting Irish are currently listed at -9. The total for the game is sitting at 66.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Notre Dame vs Syracuse
Syracuse improved to 8-2 on the season overall last weekend after an impressive 54-23 victory over Louisville. The Orange were dominant on both sides of the ball, racking up 518 total yards of offense. QB Eric Dungey played fairly well, throwing for 192 yards and a touchdown. The star of the game was clearly RB Moe Neal, as the junior rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. His biggest play was a 68 yard scamper that helped boost his yards per carry average to 19.9 on the afternoon. WR Nykeim Johnson also had a good game despite making only one catch – a beautiful 65 yard score in the 4th quarter. As a whole, Syracuse is currently averaging a very solid 44.4 points per game (7th overall).
The Orange have been below average on the other side of the ball, allowing opponents to score an average of 27.6 points per game (70th overall). They have looked especially bad against the pass, giving up 261.3 yards per game through the air (107th overall).
Notre Dame stayed perfect on the year after crushing Florida State 42-13 to improve to 10-0 overall. The Fighting Irish really took it to the Seminoles, jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter and never looking back. QB Brandon Wimbush was pretty solid overall in Week 11, throwing for 130 yards and three touchdowns. However, he did get picked off twice, which is something Notre Dame can’t afford to happen again this weekend against a talented Syracuse team. RB Dexter Williams put on a show on the ground against the ‘Noles, rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Ovearll, the offense is currently averaging 34.5 points per game (30th overall).
On the other side of the ball, the Fighting Irish are currently giving up just 18.7 points per game (15th overall). They have been pretty solid against the pass, allowing opponents to average only 191.2 yards per game through the air (29th overall).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Syracuse +9
This is definitely one of the most exciting matchups here in Week 12, as both of these teams have been playing very well all season long and are currently ranked inside of the top 15 schools overall in the entire country. Notre Dame has won every single game they’ve played this year while Syracuse has only lost to #2 overall Clemson and Pitt. While I think the Fighting Irish have the best chance at winning this one outright, the Orange are more than capable of pulling off an upset or, at the very least, keeping this one close for four quarters.
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Syracuse is a very strong 4-0-1 ATS over their last five non-conference games. They are also 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on grass and 7-2-1 ATS in their last ten games overall. Notre Dame has also been quite good against the spread as of late, going 5-1-1 ATS over their last seven games overall. They are also 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against teams with a winning record.
This game will also be played at a neutral site, which should help Syracuse in this particular case due to how close their campus is to Yankee Stadium. Fans will only have to drive about four hours away from the Carrier Dome to cheer on the Orange, which should give them a big boost against a Notre Dame squad that always travels well. Even if they can’t find a way to hand the Fighting Irish their first loss of the year, I still like them to stay within a touchdown and cover the spread. I’ll take the underdog – give me Syracuse.