See who we anticipate to win and cover in Boca Raton in our week one college football prediction for South Florida vs Syracuse by reading on for betting odds and analysis.
- South Florida ranks 42nd with a passing completion rate of 63.5%.
- The defense of Syracuse allows 86th few points per game.
SOUTH FLORIDA VS SYRACUSE PREDICTION
On Thursday, December 21st, at 8:00 ET, the Bulls travel to face the Orange. ESPN will televise this CFB Week 1 battle, which will take place at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton.Syracuse is set as 3.5 point road favorites over the Bulls in this non-conference matchup. For my betting recommendations and tips, keep reading.
SOUTH FLORIDA VS. SYRACUSE MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
- Sport: College Football
- Teams: Syracuse Orange vs. South Florida Bulls
- Where: FAU Stadium in Boca Raton
- Date: December 21, Thursday
SOUTH FLORIDA PREVIEW: WILL SOUTH FLORIDA BOUNCE BACK FROM A LOSS?
South Florida’s record is now.500 after their most recent victory over Charlotte. The Bulls have a 6-6 record going into this week’s matchup. This season, South Florida has a 6-5 record against the spread. Four times the Bulls have been favored vs seven games where they have been the underdog. South Florida has a 7-4 over/under record this season. Their combined games have resulted in 65.8 points on average, with 62.9 points as the median over/under line.
The Bulls ran for 188 rushing yards and scored one touchdown on the ground in their offensive victory over Charlotte. South Florida scored five goals and tossed the ball 32 times for 315 yards in the passing attack. In addition to rushing for one touchdown and throwing for 253 yards and four touchdowns, Byrum Brown found the end zone in a number of ways versus Charlotte.
Against Charlotte, South Florida’s defense allowed 298 yards of offense. They gave up 133 yards on the ground and 165 yards in the passing game. With 34.9 points allowed per game, South Florida’s defense is ranked 145th in terms of points allowed. Teams have been averaging 301.2 passing yards per game (ranked 183rd nationally) against them thus far. They rank 92nd in college football for the amount of rushing yards they are giving up on the ground (155).
SYRACUSE PREVIEW: WILL SYRACUSE REBOUND AFTER A LOSS?
Syracuse’s recent victory over Wake Forest brought them back to a.500 record. The Orange currently have a 6-6 record going into this week’s game. This season, Syracuse has a 4-7 record against the spread. Out of seven games as the underdog, the Orange have been favored three times. Syracuse has a 4-7 over/under record thus far this season. Their matches have produced a combined score of 49.2 points on average, with 50.5 points as the usual over/under.
The Oranges tried 17 passes over the air against Wake Forest, gaining 224 yards and scoring four touchdowns. They ran for one score on the ground while maintaining an average of 4.4 yards per carry. Garrett Shrader ran for one touchdown and passed for three touchdowns against Wake Forest. At the end, he had 173 passing yards and a 66.7% completion percentage.
Against Wake Forest, Syracuse’s defense allowed 382 yards of offense. They gave up 121 yards on the ground and 261 yards in the passing game. With an average of 23.8 points per game, the Syracuse defense is ranked 86th in the nation for points allowed heading into this week’s match. They rank 108th nationally in passing yards allowed per game, with teams gaining 234.6 against them. With 147.8 running yards conceded against the run, they rank 77th in college football.
SOUTH FLORIDA VS SYRACUSE BETTING ODDS, TRENDS & ANALYSIS
Syracuse has a 2-1 record while playing South Florida as the home favorite.
With an ATS record of 6-4, Syracuse has the advantage over South Florida in their past ten matches played head-to-head.
Syracuse’s current line is -3.5 (-109), down from their initial line of -5.5 points as favorites. Conversely, South Florida is now a +3.5 (-113) point underdog go the distance. In contrast to their initial odds of -220, the Oranges are currently paying out on the moneyline at a rate of -158. Currently, Syracuse has an expected win probability of 61% and South Florida has an implied win probability of 43%.
KEY BETTING TRENDS
- When examining South Florida’s last 10 away games, they have a 6-4 record against the spread.
- Over the last ten games, Syracuse’s home ATS record is 3-7.
- Syracuse’s overall record when playing as the underdog over the last ten games is 2-8.
- In their past three games as favorites, South Florida is 1-2.
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