Syracuse vs Liberty NCAA Football Tips 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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The Syracuse Orange head to Williams Stadium to play the Liberty Flames on Saturday, August 31, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Syracuse as 16.5 point favorites. The Orange were 9-3-1 against the spread last season and their over/under record was 7-6-0. The Flames were 5-6-1 against the spread and their over/under mark was 7-5-0.
Valuable Syracuse Orange Betting Trends
The Syracuse Orange were 7-6-0 against the over/under last season
The Syracuse Orange were 9-3-1 against the spread last year
Important Liberty Flames Betting Trends
The Liberty Flames were 7-5-0 against the over/under last season
The Liberty Flames were 5-6-1 against the spread last year
Key Syracuse Orange Injuries
08/20/19 FB Chris Elmore Knee is probable Saturday vs Liberty
08/13/19 TE Jesse Conners Undisclosed is out indefinitely
Key Liberty Flames Injuries
No key injuries to report
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Syracuse Orange were 11th in the country in points scored with 523 last season. They ran 1,056 plays last year for 6,079 yards, which ranked them 29th in Division 1 in total offense. The Orange averaged 5.8 yards per play, which was 62nd in the nation. As a team they accumulated a total of 307 1st downs last season, ranking them 23rd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Syracuse ran for 2,638 yards, which ranked 34th in college football. They ran 593 times, averaging 4.4 yards per rush as a unit. The Orange were penalized on offense 94 times for 768 yards last year, which had them 28th in the country in penalties.
Syracuse was 69th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 351 last year. They gave up a total of 5,545 yards on D, which was 100th in D-1. The Orange were 75th in yards per play allowed with 5.8. Opponent offenses completed 255 throws on 463 attempts against the Syracuse Orange defense last season, ranking them 101st and 115th in the nation. The Syracuse pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,433 yards in the air, which was 119th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 488 attempts for 2,113 yards last season, putting them in 67th place in the country against the run. The Orange had 99 penalties for 800 yards on defense last year. That placed them 109th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Syracuse was 31st in the country in punt returns with 23 last season. They totaled 356 punt return yards and averaged 15.5 yards per return, which was 8th in D-1. They returned 30 kicks for 560 yards on special teams, which put them 79th in kick return yardage. The Orange averaged 19 yards per kick return and they were 15th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,995. The Syracuse Orange tried 34 field goals last year and made 30, which was 1st in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 88%. Syracuse Orange kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 61 for 61 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,911 yards on 68 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That ranked them 39th in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Flames ran for 1,937 yards as a team last year, which ranked 85th in college football. They ran 487 times, averaging 4 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Liberty Flames were penalized on offense 52 times for 458 yards last season, which had them 125th in the country in penalties. They were 46th in the nation in points scored with 400. They ran 935 plays last season for 5,075 yards, which ranked them 50th in Division 1 in total offense. Liberty averaged 5.4 yards per play, which was 96th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 276 1st downs last year, placing them 57th overall as an offensive unit.
The Liberty Flames rush defense allowed 509 attempts for 2,670 yards last year, putting them in 112th place in D-1 against the run. Liberty committed 65 penalties for 612 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 38th in college football. They were 112th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 442. They surrendered a total of 5,825 yards on D, which was 116th in the country. The Flames were ranked 114th in yards per play allowed with 6.3. Opposing offenses completed 234 passes on 413 attempts against the Liberty defense last season, placing them 68th and 83rd in Division 1. The Liberty Flames pass defense also gave up a total of 3,155 yards through the air, which was 98th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Liberty Flames attempted 11 field goals last season and made 7, which was 123rd in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 64%. Flames kickers made 96% of their extra points, going 50 for 52 last year. Their punters totaled 2,563 yards on 71 punts, averaging 36 yards per punt. That placed them 129th in Division 1 in punting average. Liberty was ranked 103rd in the nation in punt returns with 13 last year. They accumulated 136 punt return yards and averaged 10.5 yards per return, which was 43rd in college football. They returned 32 kicks for 614 yards on special teams, ranking 65th in kick return yardage. The Liberty Flames averaged 19 yards per kick return and they were 72nd in the country in all-purpose yards with 5,825.
Who will win tonight's Orange/Flames college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Orange -16.5
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