LSU vs. Syracuse College Football Picks: Orange Need a Miracle Against Tigers

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:32 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015 10:32 PM UTC

Our college football analyst takes an early glance at Saturday’s game between LSU and Syracuse. Read this informative betting preview article before deciding to make a move on this contest.

Top Ten Tigers invade Carrier Dome in Syracuse
Syracuse will host #8 LSU on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The opening kickoff is slated for Noon ET and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Because of multiple Syracuse injuries, only two major sportsbooks have posted a point spread at the time (9/22) of this writing. College football odds at BetOnline and SportsBetting both have LSU as a 24.0 point road favorite. These schools haven’t faced each other since on the gridiron 1/2/1998 when they met in a bowl game, and Syracuse came away with a 23-10 win.


Man amongst Boys
You would be hard pressed to make a case against LSU running back Leonard Fournette not being an early odds on favorite to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy. All the 230 pound sophomore running back has done thus far is rush for 387 yards, average 8.1 yards per carry, and score 6 touchdowns during the Tigers first two games. Needless to say, LSU has been a run heavy team in those contests. The Tigers had 158 offensive plays during their first two games, and 60.1% of those have been on the ground. LSU quarterback Brandon Harris has gone 21-of-31 (67.7%) passing for 145 yards. Harris has also rushed for 114 yards (8.8 YPR) and ran for 2 touchdowns.


Banged up Orange
Either way you slice it, Syracuse was going to be a decisive home underdog against LSU despite their current injury situation. Speaking of those injuries, senior starting quarterback Terrel Hunt (Achilles) was lost for the season in their opening game. Freshmen signal caller Eric Dungey took over the duties and performed quite well, and then was knocked out of the Central Michigan game last week as a result of a helmet to helmet hit. He’s been deemed to be extremely doubtful for Saturday. In addition, starting tight end Josh Parris and leading wide Steve Ishmael receiver are listed as questionable due to injuries. There’s a silver lining through all this misfortune. Syracuse has started 2015 with three consecutive wins, and allowed opponents just a combined 140 yards rushing, including a paltry 1.5 yards per attempt. However, Rhode Island, Wake Forest, or Central Michigan didn’t have anyone remotely close to the caliber of Leonard Fournette.


Final Analysis
This isn’t going to be one of my top college football picks at 5Dimes this week by any stretch of the imagination. The only thing that Syracuse backers can hope for is that LSU totally overlooks this game, and turns in a downright flat performance. If you put the proverbial gun to my head, I’d have to lean toward the deeper and clearly superior Tigers. My best advice is to steer clear of this matchup, and move on to other games on Saturday’s massive college football card.

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