Free NCAA Football Prediction: Scarlet Knights vs. Orange Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 2
(1-0) Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Syracuse Orange (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm EST
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Scarlet Knights -2, Orange +2
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Scarlet Knights -120, Orange +100
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 52
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Syracuse Orange will renew a classic rivalry this weekend at the Carrier Dome.
HISTORY: The two former Big East schools met for 32 straight seasons from 1980-2012. Syracuse leads the all-time series 29-12-1.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers started the 2021 campaign off strong with a dominant 61-14 home win over the Temple Owls. The Scarlet Knights took a 19-point lead into halftime, and poured it on the Owls in the second half, outscoring them 35-7. They will take this familiar four hour trip up north with confidence.
Senior quarterback Noah Vedral had a solid tune up last weekend. He went 15-27 for 138 passing yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 58 yards on eight carries. Vedral’s ability to extend plays and make things happen on the ground will factor into the outcome of this one.
Isaih Pacheco is approaching the 2,000-yard mark for his career, but he struggled to find room against the Owls. The junior back only gained 48 yards on 15 carries, but he did score. Freshman back Kyle Monangai scored twice in the opener, and so did backup QB Johnny Langan.
Senior wideout Bo Melton looks set to lead the team in receiving for a third straight season after catching six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in the opener.
The Rutgers defense held Temple under 300 yards, and forced five turnovers.
The Syracuse Orange may have put last season behind them with a solid road non-conference win over Ohio. The Orange took a 12-6 lead into the half, before rumbling their way to a 29-9 victory.
Tommy DeVito returned to the lineup after an impressive 2019 season, and managed the opener pretty well. Cuse leaned on their ground game, but DeVito went 11-17 for 92 yards, and he added 49 yards on seven carries and a rushing score.
Sean Tucker had a big day against the Bobcats. The second-year back ran for a career-high 181 yards on 25 carries and a rushing touchdown. He will likely be a huge part of their gameplan against Rutgers this weekend. DeVito only completed eleven passes, and leading returning receiver Taj Harris caught six of them.
Syracuse only gave up nine points on the road last week, and they really locked in during the second half, and they sealed the game with an interception.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
This former Big East football rivalry should give us some good football this weekend. Both teams looked strong in their opener’s, but the visiting team will be entering with more momentum.
4* Free Week 2 NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers -2
Syracuse may be different team from last season, but most of the remaining pieces for a 1-10 roster do remain. DeVito’s presence is huge, and they handled a solid MAC school in Ohio, but Rutgers has been building something special in Piscataway. They played admirably last season in the Big Ten, taking down Michigan State and nearly upsetting Michigan in overtime.
The Scarlet Knights looked impressive in the opener, and we feel comfortable trusting them in what could be a hostile environment this weekend. Bet on Rutgers to cover the minimal spread this weekend with a win, and with both teams being run-focused, eye the under as this could be a physical game.
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