Big East Rivalry – West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange Predictions
West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) at Syracuse Orange (2-3 SU, 3-1 ATS)
Saturday, October 10: 12:00 p.m.
BetUS.com Football Betting Odds: West Virginia -10
Here are some betting trends that may be significant in this game:
Syracuse: 5-12 SU in their last 17 home games
Syracuse: 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against West Virginia
Syracuse: 0-5 SU in last 5 games against West Virginia
West Virginia: 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games
West Virginia: 19-6 SU in their last 21 road games
West Virginia: Total has gone OVER in 4 of last 5 road games
Two of the Big East’s most storied football programs will take the field against each other Saturday, as West Virginia travels north to take on the Syracuse Orange.
For West Virginia, it has been business as usual for the most part this season, as they’ve opened with a 3-1 start. Offensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers haven’t missed a beat, despite losing quarterback Pat White to graduation and the NFL.
In his place has stepped Jarrett Brown and the fifth year senior has been spectacular, throwing for close to 1000 yards and seven touchdowns in his four games under center. But, as good as he’s been at times, Brown has also become somewhat mistake prone, throwing five interceptions as well.
Brown is joined in West Virginia’s backfield by several other skill position stars, including one of the top running backs in college football, Noel Devine. A junior, Devine is already making a strong push for the Big East Offensive Player of the Year award, as he’s rushed for 576 yards and six touchdowns on the season, including a staggering 220 yard performance last Thursday against Colorado.
Defensively the Mountaineers were good early, but have struggled as of late, giving up 24 points a week ago and 41 the game before that against Auburn.
As for Syracuse, it’s never easy for the former Big East power, however the program is showing signs of life under first year coach Doug Marrone. Marrone has quickly improved an offense that was one of college football’s worst a year ago. This group is led by quarterback Greg Paulus, and one of the nation’s most accomplished wide receivers in Mike Williams, whose 41 receptions in fourth in college football.
In this game, the key won’t be who has the better offense or defense, but who can simply hold onto the ball. Each of these teams has turned the ball 14 times already this season, tied for 107th in college football. Last Saturday against South Florida was an especially tough day for Syracuse as they turned the ball over seven times, including a staggering five interceptions for Paulus. West
Virginia was hardly in their game with Colorado, turning the ball over four times.
So who ya got in this one? While Syracuse isn’t nearly the high-scoring juggernaut that West Virginia is, they always seem to play better in the comfortable home confines of the Carrier Dome. And even though they don’t have a sparkling record to show for things, they usually keep games closer than expected. They should do the same Saturday.
Our Pick: Syracuse +10