Free Week 1 Prediction: Orange vs Broncos Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Syracuse Orange vs. Western Michigan Broncos (0-0)
Date: Friday August 31st 2018
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Legion Field
NCAA Football Spread:Western Michigan +5.5
NCAA Betting Total: 63
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Week 1 of the college football season gives us a solid matchup of two teams who will likely be fighting for a spot in bowl season this year.
Syracuse will travel west to take on the Western Michigan, in a game that should feature plenty of firepower from both sides.
The Orange have a lot of potential, but last season they simply could not put together any sort of run.
Finishing just 4-8 and in last place of the ACC, it was on the defense that couldn’t get the stops. Defensively, the Orange allowed over 27 points per game last year. They were very vulnerable to the big play and failed to slow down fast-paced teams.
Because of the sluggish defense, Syracuse is a team that is forced to pass the ball. This team isn’t shy about slinging it around the field by any means.
While the Orange did lose some key pieces both up front and out wide, they do return QB Eric Dungey who has the ability to be a complete game changer.
Dungey will be the biggest key to this offense as he has to get in sync early with his newer receiving core for this team to have any chance at succeeding.
Wesern Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan brought in a new coach and had to rebuild offensively last season.
With that, came a lot of ups and downs, pushing them to 6-6 season. Now, they look to get themselves back in the MAC discussion here in 2018 as they enter with a lot of high hopes.
Western Michigan completely changed their style as they became a ground and pound team.
In 2017, the Broncos averaged 225 yards per game rushing, as they simply needed to find an answer after Jon Wassink went down with a broken collarbone in Week 8.
He will enter Friday 100% healthy, which will open up the Broncos playbook this season.
Look for the offensive line to be a big piece of this offense as well. They return 4 starters from 2017, which will help the rushing attack, as well as keep Wassink from getting hit a lot.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Orange are 15-3-1 ATS in their last 19 vs. MAC.
- Orange are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games on fieldturf.
- Orange are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in August.
- Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. ACC.
- Broncos are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games.
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This is one where you’ll see a lot of Western Michigan ATS/ML splits. However, the Orange are still a much more well put together team on both sides of the ball.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Syracuse ATS
Look for the Orange to force their share of turnovers and really fluster this Broncos offense.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Syracuse 37- Western Michgian 20
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