NC State Wolfpack (5-1) vs Syracuse Orange (5-2)Date : 10/27/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
NC State Wolfpack vs Syracuse Orange
The 15th ranked NC State Wolfpack will visit the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, for an ACC matchup with the Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon. The last time these teams met the Wolfpack picked up the 33-25 home win in Raleigh, yet the Orange covered as 14-point underdogs. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings between these two squads. The Wolfpack suffered a deflating road loss to the Clemson Tigers last weekend as their offense would not score until the fourth quarter after the Tigers reeled off 41 unanswered points to remain undefeated. The Orange, on the other hand, picked up the 40-37 home win versus the lowly North Carolina Tar Heels in week eight as they needed overtime as Tommy DeVito, filling in for Eric Dungy who was benched earlier, threw three big TD passes to force the game into extra play while also throwing a four yard pass to Ravian Pierce to seal the victory, thus halting a two game skid. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
NC State Wolfpack's Latest Performance :
NC State played horrendously on the road versus Clemson in what should have been a hotly contested ACC Atlantic matchup last Saturday. QB Ryan Finley and the dangerous passing attack for the Wolfpack were held to only 193 yards total as Finley was picked off twice in the contest. On the other hand, the rushing attack was held to only a 3.3 yards per carry averaging as the Wolfpack racked up only 297 total yards for the game, nearly 175 yards less than their average. And while the defense held the Tigers to less than 100 yards rushing, Trevor Lawrence passed for 308 yards along with a TD in the win for Clemson while the Wolfpack lost their first game of the season after going 5-0 to begin their 2018 campaign. They will now look to regroup versus a Syracuse squad that has had serious identity issues this year yet continues to possess a potentially dangerous offensive attack.
Syracuse Orange's Latest Performance :
In a game in which both teams racked up over 500 yards for the game, the Orange got three touchdowns from Tommy DeVito along with 181 yards along with an interception to seal a much needed victory for the home team. Jamal Custis caught seven passes for 162 yards and TD while Nykeim Johnson had 102 yards along with a TD for a passing attack that averaged 7.8 yards per catch. Finally, the Orange overcame two turnovers to along with 321 passing yards in addition to 179 rushing yards to get the victory and halt a two-game losing streak in the meantime. Despite the win, teams are averaging a tad over 40 points per game on the Orange defense in their last two games. The good thing for Syracuse is that they have only allowed 17 points per outing to their opponents in their last four home games, overall.
How NC State Wolfpack & Syracuse Orange Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
NC State is 3-3 ATS while the OU is 2-4
Syracuse is 4-2-1 ATS while the OU is 4-3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a huge matchup for both teams as the Orange finally got back into the win column in beating the Tar Heels in an exciting matchup last Saturday while the Wolfpack suffered a huge hit to their confidence as they were drubbed by the Clemson Tigers in a huge loss in their last outing. It will be interesting to see how each team responds in this contest, or, if they will take a step back. With that being the case, look for this to be an intriguing matchup all the same.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: NC State Wolfpack +2
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Wolfpack to cover in this matchup as they will look to perform much better than they did against highly ranked Clemson last week. Nonetheless, with the Orange being a dangerous team that can indeed put points on the board, their defense must certainly be up to the task. In addition to this, DeVito will be pulling the start over Dungy in this contest, so, the Wolfpack will need to adjust in which to avoid him stinging their pass defense much like he did versus the Tar Heels.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 62.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as it has been the play in four of the Wolfpack’s six games this year while it has also been the play in two of the last three home games for the Orange this year. I expect both teams to struggle a bit in this matchup as the Orange will have to battle a Wolfpack defense that was dominated by Clemson the week prior while NC state will look to test a defense for Syracuse the has given up some points lately, yet, has performed well at home this year. In all, look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup.
Betting trends for NC State Wolfpack:
- Under is 6-1 in Wolfpack last 7 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Under is 4-1 in Wolfpack last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Wolfpack are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
Betting trends for Syracuse Orange:
- Under is 4-0-1 in Orange last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Orange are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 5-1 in Orange last 6 games following a straight up win.