Take NC State -17 vs. Syracuse With Your College Football Picks

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:07 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 8:07 PM GMT

In this betting article we preview the ACC clash between Syracuse and NC State and provide our Crusher of the Week college football pick.

Syracuse vs. NC State (-17) 12:30 ET
The Orangemen of Syracuse travel to Raleigh, NC to face the NC State Wolfpack in this ACC battle.  It is a matchup of Super-surger vs. Towel-tosser.  When these two teams met last year, NC State emerged with a 24-17 victory.  That was courtesy of a (+3) net TO margin, as the Orange won the yardage battle 345-307.  Combined with the fact that NC State lost to Syracuse on this field 2 years ago, means the Wolfpack will not take their visitor for granted.  While Syracuse is fading down the stretch with 7 consecutive losses (following a 3-0 SU start), NC State has played its best against outmanned opposition.  A case in point would be their (24-8) victory at Boston College, our 6% CFB GOY Winner.  The dynamics are much the same for today’s game.

Syracuse left it all on the field last, week when they covered for us against No. 1 Clemson, losing only 37-27.  But, the yardage spoke quite a different story with Clemson emerging on the long end of a 570-322 edge in total yards.  Three Clemson TOs allowed Syracuse to remain competitive in that contest.  Today, the Orangemen bring a pathetic attack unit that averages just 330 YPG.  There have been continuing QB issues all season, as they have rotated QB Mahoney and QB Dungey with obviously poor results.  That means there is a huge edge at the signal caller position with Wolfpack QB Brissett.  He will have great success against the Syracuse defense allowing 31 PPG and 451 YPG. 

NC State does have its 6th win in its pocket (at Boston College).  And, although there may be a look ahead to their LHG meeting with N. Carolina next week, there is ample motivation with the Wolfpack coming off a loss.  That came against an angry Florida St. team, who outgained N. Carolina St. 479-297, winning 34-17 despite committing 5 TOs.  That sets up NC State to return home in their ideal role as favorite. When favored by 4 or more points in a contest this year, the Wolfpack are a perfect 6-0 ATS.  That includes victories of 49-21 over Troy, 35-0 over E. Kentucky, 63-13 at S. Alabama, 35-17 at Wake Forest and 24-8 at Boston College.  Syracuse and their towel-tossing effort of today fits right in line with the other teams NC State has obliterated. 

One of the best parts of this selection is the fact that due to linemaker adjustments on Syracuse, after their 3-0 SU start, the price point on this game is still in sync with where this game would have been priced on opening weekend.  I invite you to put the college football odds in your favor and join me with my college football pick on NC State as the CFB Crusher of the Week.  Let’s hope the results are as positive as they were last week, when Ohio St. crushed Illinois (28-3) as -17 in this very spot.

College Football Picks: NC State -17 at 5Dimes

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