Free Week 5 Prediction: Orange vs Wolfpack Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(2-2) Syracuse Orange vs. NC State Wolfpack (3-1)
Date: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 12:20 pm EST
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: NC State -13
NCAA Betting Total: 63.0
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The Wolfpack upset the Florida State Seminoles as 11 point underdogs last week on the road and now will need to avoid a letdown and fall victim to a similar result.
Syracuse has alternated wins and losses in their first four games to start the year and really gave LSU a scare on the road last week.
The Orange did almost all of the things they needed to do against LSU last week but just not enough to pull off the upset.
The Orange had more first downs, threw the ball pretty effectively, and were about even in time of possession.
They struggled to stop the run down the stretch when they needed to but nevertheless, it was a nice performance on the road for the Orange.
This important conference game will be another measuring stick of where Syracuse stands in their rebuild and their offensive line will be put to the test.
The NC State front seven is very dominant – maybe one of the best in the country – and the Syracuse offensive line will have to control them in order to let their quarterback Eric Dungey make the plays he has been making this season.
On the flip side, Syracuse’s front seven looked dominant as well last week and could be the difference maker in this game.
NC State’s offense is pretty methodical and efficient so if the Orange can get some pressure and disrupt their rhythm, they may be able to pull the upset after falling just short last week.
NC State Wolfpack
After last week’s upset, NC State will have to do their best to avoid the ever so frequent letdown that teams face when they pull off an upset and then face a weaker team the following week.
Syracuse is no joke and if the Wolfpack take them lightly they will pay the price.
Quarterback Ryan Finley and the NC State front seven have been the difference makers for NC State as they have responded to their season opening loss with 3 straight wins.
NC State has won five of the last six meetings with the Orange – including a 35-20 win last season at Syracuse.
Finley played well in that matchup and has done a nice job being a game manager for the NC State offense.
They don’t wow you with big plays but methodically work down the field and put points on the board. That will likely be their plan this week in an attempt to slow down the fast paced Syracuse offense.
NC State’s pass rush is great but there is some potential for them to get worn out trying to maintain pressure at Syracuse’s pace.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 9-2 in Syracuse’s last 11 games overall.
- Under is 6-2 in Syracuse’s last 8 games as an underdog.
- The away team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 matchups.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 matchups.
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I think NC State will attempt to slow down the pace a bit and should be successful for much of the game. But, eventually the dominant NC State front seven may get worn down by the Syracuse pace. I like the Orange to keep it close all game long in this low scoring matchup.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Syracuse +13.0
Finley and Dungey is a sneaky good quarterback dual but the two strong defensive lines could disrupt that.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: NC State 27 – Syracuse 23
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