Free Week 2 Prediction: Blue Raiders vs Orange Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Syracuse Orange (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
NCAA Football Spread: Syracuse -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 76.5
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Middle Tennessee comes into this game as major underdogs against an improve Syracuse team.
Middle Tennessee comes in after a tough loss against Vanderbilt, while Syracuse took care of Central Connecticutt State 50-7.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Middle Tennessee didn’t do much on offense against the Commodores, as they struggled through the air and on the ground.
Third year starter Brent Stockstill was just 18-31 for 166 yards and a score. He couldn’t get the ball to his open receivers and will need to rebound in this game. Look for him to have similar numbers against the Orange.
Richie James started off the 2017 season right where he left off from 2016, dominating the Vanderbilt secondary as he hauled in 10 passes for 112 yards and a score. Expect more of the same as he should be the main target for Stockstill.
Former juco standout Maurice Gordon didn’t do much on the ground, running the ball 7 times for just 27 yards. He will need more carries to help the Raiders control the clock, and I expect him to get at least 20 touches in this one.
The middle Tennessee defense couldn’t slow down the Vanderbilt passing game, as they gave up three touchdown passes and nearly 300 yards passing through the air.
The secondary will have to step against a Syracuse passing game that gets better with each game, and they may struggle in this one.
The offensive line gave up 5 sacks to the Commodores while only giving up 7 all of last year, so that will be an are to address during practice this week.
Eric Dungey had a great game against the Red Devils, as he threw for over 325 yards with 3 touchdowns and no turnovers.
These type of “pay to play” games normally don’t provide much of an evaluation of the better team, but he still put up excellent numbers.
The Orange receiving corps lost a key contributor to the NFL draft, but started off this year with a solid performance.
Ervin Phillips grabbed 6 passes for 71 yards and a score, and is a darkhorse candidate to make an all conference team.
Steve Ishmael had 12 catches for 134 yards and may have started a breakout season. Expect both receivers to put up big numbers and each should reach the century mark.
The Orange defense gave up just 86 yards through the air, and this will be a much tougher test. Look for the defense to get 3 sacks and a pair of turnovers.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Blue Raiders are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Blue Raiders are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Orange are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Over is 6-1-1 in Blue Raiders last 8 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Over is 5-1 in Blue Raiders last 6 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
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This will be close until the 4th quarter, then the Orange will pull away late.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Syracuse -9.5
Eric Dungey and his receivers should carve up the Blue Raiders secondary and lead Syracuse to a win.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Syracuse 31 – Middle Tennessee 17
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