The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 9.5 point road favorites at MetLife Stadium versus the Syracuse Orange as they meet for the first time in six seasons on Saturday.
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Syracuse
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Where: MetLife Stadium
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Spread: Notre Dame -9.5
Syracuse has two goals in mind when they host Notre Dame in this intriguing Week 5 college football spread betting matchup…bouncing back from their first loss of the season while simultaneously handing the Irish theirs.
College Football Spread Betting Picks Preview – Fighting Irish vs Orange
Notre Dame (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) rolled all over Purdue in its 30-14 Week 3 win despite failing to cover the spread as a whopping 30-point home favorite to snap their modest two-game ATS winning streak.
Senior quarterback Everett Golson completed 25 of 40 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns and is playing as well as any quarterback in the nation right now, having thrown seven TD passes and no interceptions. Golson has also added four rushing scores this season.
"Everett’s a great football player," Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said. "We knew that he had a year off last year and now all of a sudden, he’s back.”He accounts for over 62 percent of their offense when you look at both pass and run so he’s the guy. He’s the guy that we have to do a great job defending (against)."
Golson has also impressed his own head coach after missing last season because of academics.
"He’s preparing so much better than he ever has, and I think it’s allowing his athletic ability to shine in the game, but, again, having said that, I think there is really a lot more out there for him to accomplish," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 23, 2014
Syracuse (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) had a great chance to go 3-0 for the first time since 1991, but they ended up on the wrong side of their 34-20 Week 4 loss to Maryland while failing to cover the spread as a 1.5-point home favorite in the process.
Senior quarterback Terrel Hunt completed 14 of 28 passes for 219 yards with no two touchdowns and one interception. Hunt also rushed for a career-high 156 yards with two touchdowns in the win to become the first Syracuse quarterback to run for 100 yards in a game since Donovan McNabb accomplished the feat back in 1997.
"I felt like we were going up and down the field offensively, I felt like we really couldn’t be stopped unless we stop ourselves, which is exactly what happened," Shafer said.
Game Analysis: I went against Notre Dame in their season opener against Rice and didn’t think they were going to beat Michigan nearly as bad as they did, if at all. Having said that….I’m done ‘hating’ on the Fighting Irish and have now seen the light concerning the polarizing Fighting Irish.
I know Syracuse has gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games but I’m banking on Golson to rise to the occasion in this prime time affair and lead the Fighting Irish to victory.
Notre Dame is 5-1 ATS in their last six games a team with a winning record and have won seven of their last 10 road games.
My College Football Spread Betting Pick: Notre Dame -9.5 Points
If you like this pick, then you should also try wagering on Arkansas to cover the spread as a 12-point road dog against No. 6 Texas A&M.