College Football Picks: Wake Forest vs. Syracuse

Jeff Grant

Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:02 PM GMT

The Syracuse Orange and Wake Forest Demon Deacons both have some work to do in terms of becoming bowl eligible, as the two teams prepare to meet up Saturday. Which betting odds have we decided to turn to with our college football picks in this weeks matchup?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds page for this ACC matchup at the Carrier Dome, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.

Check our SBR's College Football Picks for Week 10 Betting Odds Report

Close, but not cigar

Wake Forest is 4-4 SUATS through eight games of the 2013 campaign, as it looks to bounce back from a 24-21 defeat to the Miami Hurricanes as 26-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the seventh time.

The Demon Deacons need two more victories to become bowl eligible, as their last trip to the postseason came in the 2011 Music City Bowl. 

Returning home 

Syracuse split a pair of road games, including a 56-0 setback to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last time out on Oct. 19, as it was out-gained by a sizable 274-yard margin. 

Since first-year head coach Scott Shafer joined the program in 2009, the Orange are 4-2 in games following an open week, but it dropped a 49-14 decision to the Clemson Tigers in that type of situation earlier this year. 

The Price is Right 

College football handicappers need to take a long look at the Demon Deacons, as quarterback Tanner Price has accounted for 62 total touchdowns in his career—just three short of the school record. 

He completed 25 of 45 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns last week, while his main target throughout his time in Winston-Salem has been wide receiver Michael Campanaro, as the two have hooked up 218 times.

Running the football

The Orange have compiled a 12-7 SU record in games decided by seven or fewer points since 2009, which is important to consider when making your sports picks in Week 10. 

Syracuse is averaging 199.9 rushing yards per game, which would be its highest mark in that statistical category since 2000.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their college football picks, as the UNDER is 9-1 in the Demon Deacons’ last 10 conference games, while the Orange have fallen below the number in 14 of its last 17 contests following a bye week. 

College Football Pick:  Under 51