Bet Villanova Plus the Points vs. Syracuse College Football

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:59 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 4:59 PM UTC

Can the FCS Villanova Wildcats pull a huge upset over an ACC team (Syracuse) on the road in their season opener on Friday? Read what our sports betting guru has to say in regards to the point-spread value before doing your NCAA football betting.

Villanova Looks to Spring an Early Upset of “The Orange”
The Syracuse Orange will host the Villanova Wildcats on Friday night at the Carrier Dome with the opening kickoff slated for 7:30 PM ET. At the time of this writing, there was no official NCAA football odds posted for this game. I’ve taken the liberty of using my power numbers to come up with an estimated line. My numbers indicate that Syracuse should be somewhere around a 14.5 point favorite in this contest.
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What about Villanova?
The Villanova Wildcats enter the 2014 season as the #13th ranked team in the country according to the national FCS rankings. This is a team that went 6-5 a season ago, including all 5-losses coming by 10-points or less, and 3 of those 5- losses were by a meager 2-points or less. Opening up against a FBS school will be nothing new to the Wildcats. Last season they opened on the road against Boston College and lost 24-14. However, they led the Eagles from the ACC by a score of 14-10 at the half. They also were easily inside the number as a 15.0 point underdog.


Wildcats Difference Maker
Villanova will return 15-starts from a season ago, including sensational junior quarterback John Robertson. The Wildcats signal caller passed for 1957-yards and tossed 13 touchdown passes in 2013. Even more impressive was the 1405 yards rushing, and 20-touchdowns he scored last season by running the football. He’s a legitimate dual threat quarterback, that’s very capable of giving the Syracuse defense some genuine problems on Friday night.

The Cuse is on the Loose
Syracuse enters the 2014 season with higher expectations than they had a season ago. If they plan on meeting those expectations they need get a win in this opening game versus a FCS opponent. The schedule will be a demanding one, with 8 bowl participants from a season ago on the slate.  Former defensive coordinator Scott Shafer took over the head coaching duties in 2013 for the departed Doug Marrone (Buffalo Bills), and “The Orange” went 7-6, including a bowl game victory over Minnesota. Syracuse returns 15-starters from a season ago including 8 on the offensive side of the ball. Junior quarterback Terrel Hunt took over the starting duties early last season, and continued to get better as the season progressed. The Orange will once again rely on a strong rushing attack led by senior running back Prince Tyson-Gully who ran for 830-yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry.


Final Analysis
I’m not crazy about wagering on these types of games. However, I do think this is a Villanova team that’s very capable of pulling a major upset, or at the very least keep this game close throughout. Syracuse relies heavily on their running game, and the Villanova run defense has looked strong throughout summer camp. Syracuse found themselves as a favorite in just 3 of 13-games last season, and will certainly be in an unfamiliar role as a double digit favorite on Friday. My prediction is that Syracuse will come away with a not so impressive win, but I’ll have an extremely small lean on the Wildcats capturing the ATS money.

College Football Pick: Villanova plus the points over Syracuse (very small lean)

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