Professional handicapping guru Ross Benjamin has gone a rock solid 14-9 (61%) in college football over the past 2 weeks. Ross takes a look at Virginia Tech & Syracuse. He provides a unique perspective pertaining to a 1st half bet on this game.
Old Rivalry Renewed: Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse
A couple of former Big East rivals will meet on the gridiron for the first time in an ACC game. What was most surprising to me, the last time Virginia Tech and Syracuse squared off was way back in 2003. Kickoff at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse is slated for 3:45 PM ET, and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
The Hokies (4-1) will enter Saturday's game ranked #17 nationally, and are off to a 2-0 start in conference play. The Orange have lost 4 of its last 5 games, and have gone 0-2 in ACC action.
College Football Week 7 Odds
I very rarely partake is 1st half wagers. Nevertheless, this is going to be one of those rare exceptions. My area of focus will be specifically on the 1st half total in this contest. Current college football betting odds at Bookmaker indicates there's a 1st half total of 34.0. By the way, Bookmaker is presently offering new customers cash bonuses of 50% on all deposits of up to $300.
Hokies on a Winning Roll
Since sustaining their only loss of the season to Tennessee, Virginia Tech has gone 3-0 SU&ATS. During that successful period of time, the Hokies outscored their opponents (Boston College, East Carolina, North Carolina) by a combined 137-20. What's even more noteworthy is that through this current 3-game win streak, Virginia Tech has averaged 24.0 points scored per game during 1st half action. Considering they played in terrible weather conditions last Saturday at North Carolina, their offensive production out of the gate in recent games has been extremely impressive.
Fast Starting Orange Offense
Syracuse's offensive personnel has adapted very well to new head coach Dino Babers lighting fast tempo he prefers to run. Although they sputtered offensively a week ago at Wake Forest, we can easily ignore that poor performance due to adverse weather conditions. Syracuse's offense has done the majority of their damage during the opening half of its games. The Orange have averaged 18.5 points scored in the 1st half of games in 2016.
Syracuse has shown a tendency to see their offensive output slow down considerably late in games. There's certainly a reasonable explanation in that respect. Sure the offense returned 8 starters from a season ago. Nonetheless, they have very little if any quality depth on offense. When you average 83 offensive plays a game like Syracuse does, possessing quality depth is crucial, or else starters become worn down as the game progresses.
College Football 1st Half Betting Angle
Syracuse is coming off a 28-9 loss to Wake Forest. Virginia Tech has won each of their previous two games by 31 points or more.
Any team (Virginia Tech) coming off 2 straight wins by 28 points or more, versus an opponent (Syracuse) coming off a loss by 17 points or more, resulted in those games going 32-6 over the total in regards to 1st half betting. The average total in those 38 contests was 31.1, and there was a combined 39.2 points scored per game. In fact, this exact scenario has occurred 14 times since 2014, and each of those 1st half results went over the total.
I'm extremely confident a strong case was made for this game being one of my college football picks this week.
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