College Football Picks: Syracuse vs. Georgia Tech

Ross Benjamin

Friday, October 18, 2013 5:43 PM GMT

The Syracuse Orangemen travel to Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta to tangle with the host Georgia Tech Yellowjackets on Saturday with kickoff time at 12:30 PM ET. A


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Syracuse @ Georgia Tech

According to current college football betting odds Georgia Tech is a 7.0-point favorite and the total is 53.5. 

All In on the ACC for the Orange

After losing their first 2-games of the season Syracuse has rebounded by winning 3 of their last 4 to even their record at 3-3. The only loss in that 4-game span came at the hands of Clemson who is ranked #3 in the country. Last week the Orange earned their first ever ACC win on the road 24-10 versus North Carolina St. Syracuse was a 7.0-point underdog in that contest, and just sucked the life out of the Wolfpack by running for 362 yards, and averaged a tad above 9-yards per carry. The running game has been clicking on all cylinders accounting for 205-yards or more in each of the last 4-games. They will be facing a Georgia Tech defense that’s allowed their last 2 opponents a combined 416-yards rushing. The Syracuse defense will be tested this week by the vaunted Georgia Tech triple option running attack. With the exception of the loss versus Northwestern when they allowed 206 yards rushing, the defense has been stout at stopping, and neutralizing the opposition ground attacks.

Desperately Need to Stop the Bleeding 

Georgia Tech got off to a fast 3-0 start to the season including a pair of ACC wins versus North Carolina and Duke. Since then things have been unraveling as they’ve now lost 3 in a row heading into their upcoming contest. Granted the losses came versus some quality competition but they were outscored by a combined 110-70 in those games. Last week they were beaten in a non-conference road tilt at BYU 38-20 and failed to cover as a 7.0-point underdog. In their 3 wins to open the season the Yellowjackets averaged 338.7 yards per game rushing. During the current 3-game losing streak they’ve rushed for an average of just 235.3 yards per contest. It’s imperative that Georgia Tech be able to eclipse the 300-yard mark rushing on Saturday to be in prime position to win. The passing game is an afterthought, and this offense isn’t built to overcome deficits late in a contest.

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Final Analysis

Both of these teams love to run the ball and go on sustained drives. Syracuse has only passed for a combined 148 yards in their last 2-games, and it’s evident at this point that’s not their strong suit. The Yellowjackets identity has been long established under head coach Paul Johnson. It has been run, run, and more runs. On a couple of occasions a game they will take a shot over the top, only when they feel the opposing secondary may be cheating up to stop the run. However, that’s not their calling card.  For our sports picks, I’m looking at a low scoring game with plenty of time consuming drives, with both offenses being able to run the ball effectively.

Free Pick: Syracuse/Georgia Tech to go under the total of 53.5.