The early game on ESPN 2 on Saturday has West Virginia heavily favored on the college football betting line against Syracuse. The Mountaineers are laying 14 points in college football lines at the Sbg sportsbook.
Syracuse 4-2 SU and ATS – The Orange have been a pleasant surprise this season going 4-2 both straight up and against the spread. The party ended last week though as Syracuse was blown out at home by Pittsburgh. This week will be a real test to see if Syracuse is a contender for a bowl game or a team that built up their four wins against patsies.
West Virginia 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS – The Mountaineers have been solid so far this season with five wins straight up and four against the spread. They have covered their past four games and have actually looked good. One area of concern though is the running game. Noel Devine has a toe injury and the Mountaineers have been held under 100 yards rushing in two of the past three games.
Running Matchup – This game is likely to be won or lost on the ground. Syracuse is averaging 124 yards allowed on the ground so they are capable of stopping Devine and West Virginia. Whether they can do it or not is the question. The Mountaineers are going to still try and run the ball with Devine but it may not happen.
Saturday Betting Trends – The Orange are 3-7 against the college football lines in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Orange is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October. The Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. The Mountaineers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. In this series, Syracuse is 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Take the Under – This should be a low scoring game. Four of the last five Syracuse games in October have gone under. Six of their last nine on the road have gone under. Four of the last five West Virginia conference games have gone under the total. In this series, 9 of the last 14 have gone under the college football betting line.