Virginia Cavaliers vs Syracuse Orange Prediction, 9/23/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs Syracuse Orange
Date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Location: JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Orange (-9.5)
The Syracuse Orange (3-0) are welcoming the Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) at JMA Wireless Dome on Friday. Syracuse is 9.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 55.5.
The Virginia Cavaliers head into this matchup 2-1 this season. In their last contest, the Cavaliers stepped onto the field against the Old Dominion Monarchs and earned the victory with a final of 16-14. Brennan Armstrong went 20/37 with 284 yards through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 118.5 and ended the contest without throwing a pick. Brennan Armstrong was the best rusher for the Cavaliers with 14 attempts for 54 yds (3.9 yards per attempt). For the game, they tallied 82 plays for 513 yards. The Virginia Cavaliers ran the football 45 times and accumulated 229 yards, which came out to an average of 5.1 yards per carry. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Cavaliers conceded 89 yards on 32 attempts, which is an average of 2.8 yards per run surrendered. Virginia relinquished 23 completions on 37 attempts for a total of 235 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.2%.
In terms of scoring points, the Virginia Cavaliers hold an average of 17.7 points per contest. As a team they maintain an average of 176.7 yards on the ground which has them sitting 59th in college football. The Cavaliers have earned 1,240 yards in total for the year. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Virginia has amassed 2 passing touchdowns and 4 touchdowns via the ground. Virginia has recorded 67 first downs as a team, and they have committed 19 penalties for 170 yards. They have turned the football over 8 different times.
The Cavaliers are ranked 39th in the country when it comes to team defense, conceding 18.3 points per contest. They are giving up an average of 4.1 yards per attempt on the ground and 152.3 rushing yards per game for the season. For the season, they have given up 457 yards via the ground game in 3 contests. When talking about passing yards, the Cavaliers have given up 591 yards which puts them in 48th in the country. They have given up 197.0 yards per outing through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 65.6%. For the season, they have relinquished 349.3 yards/outing ranking them 58th in D-1. They have conceded 5 touchdowns by air as well as 1 touchdown running the ball.
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The Orange head into this matchup 3-0 for this season. In their last game, the Orange took home the win by a final score of 32-29 against the Purdue Boilermakers. Sean Tucker carried the rock 18 times for 42 yards, finishing the contest with 2.3 yards per carry for Syracuse. Garrett Shrader (3 TDs) ended the game with 181 yards on 13/29 through the air while his QB rating was 131.4. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 6.2. Syracuse conceded 21 running attempts for 61 yards (2.9 yards per rush). The Orange pass defense gave up a completion rate of 69.6%, relinquishing 424 yards on 39 out of 56 through the air. The Orange finished with a total of 306 yds while they ran 65 plays (4.7 yards per play). Syracuse ended up running for 3.6 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 125 yards on 35 attempts.
Regarding how much they score, the Orange are 43rd in the nation averaging 37.0 points per contest. During this campaign thus far, the Orange have racked up 736 yards via the pass in addition to holding an average of 245.3 throwing yards per game, which is ranked 70th in Division 1. The Syracuse Orange have an average of 408.3 yards per contest, which has them sitting 74th in the country. The Syracuse offense has 196 penalty yds on 30 infractions, which ranks 7th in college football in terms of hurting your team.
The Orange are giving up 16.7 PPG, which has them sitting 33rd in college football. Syracuse has allowed a total of 295 yards rushing (98.3 yards/game) as well as 3 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the season. Over the course of the season, they have given up 50 points. They have surrendered 4 touchdowns from the passing game and 242.0 yards/outing, which has them in 85th in Division 1. The Orange defense has participated in 177 plays, which has them ranked 20th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Orange college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cavaliers +9.5
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