View our free preview for this week 9 college football matchup, Syracuse vs. Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Check out the spread in this NCAA preseason game.
Syracuse vs. Virginia Tech Preview
- Against Syracuse, opposing quarterbacks have a 77.2 passing rating.
- The passing yard average for Virginia Tech is 219.4 yards per game.
The Orange and Hokies square off in an NCAAF week nine matchup at Lane Stadium at 7:30 ET. Watch the action on ESPN; the game is scheduled for October 26th, Thursday.The Hokies are the home 3-point favorites in their Atlantic Coast showdown scheduled for week nine. Can the Hokies win this one? Find out on Thursday how we envision this game going.
Syracuse Preview: Will they be able to secure another victory?
Syracuse’s record suffered after their most recent game against Florida State, dropping to 4-3. The Orange ultimately suffered a 41-3 defeat in the contest. This season, Syracuse has a 2-4 record against the spread. In contrast to three games where they were the underdog, the Orange have been favored three times. Before this week’s match, Syracuse had a 0–6 over/under record. With an average of 50.9 points per game, their margin against their over/under lines is at -6.2.
The Orange gained 12 first downs and 261 yards of total offense on the offensive end. They threw the ball 31 times in the passing game, garnering 137 yards. 36 rushing attempts yielded 124 yards for their ground game. Garrett Shrader completed 9 of 21 passes for 99 yards and a 42.9% completion rate versus Florida State. There was not a single passing or rushing score by the end of the game.
By the end of the game, Florida State had gained 420 yards in total from the Orange defense. Compared to 268 yards in the passing game, the team’s run defense gave up 152 yards of rush yardage. This season, the Orange defense has produced 20 sacks and leads the league in quarterback hurries. They are conceding 22.1 points per game overall (72nd). They rank 142nd in the NCAA against the pass with 255.7 passing yards allowed per contest. Each game, Syracuse allows 125.3 running yards.
Virginia Tech Preview: Will it rebound after a loss?
Virginia Tech has a 3-4 overall record going into this match. By the final score of 30 to 13, they defeated Wake Forest in their most recent game. The Hokies have been the underdog in four games and the favorite in two going into this week’s game against Syracuse. They have a 4-3 ATS record going into the match. The average over/under for Virginia Tech’s games over the last seven games has been 45.4 points. These games have had an average total score of 49.1 points, giving OU a 4-3 record.
Against Wake Forest, the Hokies completed 29 pass attempts, gaining 321 yards and two touchdowns. They produced one rushing touchdown with an average of 4.1 yards per carry in the running game. Leading the way, Kyron Drones amassed 321 passing yards versus Wake Forest, good for a passer rating of 128.66. He attempted 29 passes during the game, completing 69.0% of them.
Against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech’s defense allowed 323 offensive yards. They gave up 172 yards on the ground and 151 yards in the passing game. Virginia Tech is ranked 182nd in passing yards per game going into the contest on defense. When playing the Hokies, opponents pass the ball an average of 26.9 times per game. They rank 84th in college football when it comes to points allowed per game, giving up 24.7 overall. They yield 127th-most running yards in the NCAA when it comes to stopping the run.
Syracuse vs. Virginia Tech: Analysis, Trends, and Betting Odds
Virginia Tech is 3-0 when playing as the home favorite against Syracuse.
Taking Syracuse on the spread has proven to be a wise wager throughout the last three head-to-head meetings between Syracuse and Virginia Tech, as they are 3-0 ATS.
Since the current lines are still quite close to the opening numbers, the point spread hasn’t changed all that much. Right now, Syracuse is at +3 (-110), and Virginia Tech is favored by 3 (-112). Virginia Tech is now assigned a 59% chance of winning and a moneyline payout of -146 based on the moneyline odds. Conversely, the Orange has a moneyline of +119 and an implied win probability of 46%.
Key Betting Trends
- Syracuse’s past away games have seen them go 1-2 ATS.
- In their last 10 home games, Virginia Tech has a 4-6 record against the spread.
- After three straight games as an underdog, Virginia Tech’s all-time record against the spread is 2-1.
- Syracuse’s over-under record (ATS) over the previous five occasions they were favored was 3-2.
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