After having to cancel their season opener, LSU has roared through the competition and this week the 8th-ranked LSU Tigers face 24-point underdog Syracuse Orange. The game kicks off on ESPN this Saturday, Sept 26th at noon ET. Cord-cutters can stream the game live via WatchESPN.
LSU Tigers vs Syracuse Orange Week 4 Betting Preview & My Final Score Prediction
What: No. 8 LSU Tigers (2-0) at Syracuse Orange (3-0)
When: Saturday, Sept 26th, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Syracuse, NY
Stadium: Carrier Dome
Spread: LSU -24
Moneyline: LSU -10,000 vs Syracuse +1255
Game Total: 44
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: LSU Vs Syracuse
LSU stomped the life out of Auburn in their commanding 45-21 rout over the SEC rivals on Saturday, thanks mostly to the powerful rushing of sophomore running back Leonard Fournette.
The Heisman Trophy candidate rushed for a career-high 228 yards and three touchdowns while ripping off runs of 39 and 29 yards en route to victory. Fournette averaged 12.0 yards per carry on just 19 rushes to set a school single-game record while finishing just 23 yards shy of LSU’s all-time single-game rushing record. The Tigers finished the game with a whopping 411 rushing yards rushing while harassing Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson into a horrific performance.
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Syracuse picked up a thrilling 30-27 overtime win over Central Michigan on Saturday as true freshman running back Jordan Fredericks scored on a four-yard run during the first possession of OT to life the Orange to victory.
Syracuse improved to 3-0 for the first time in 14 seasons and overcame the loss of true freshman quarterback Eric Dungey after the young signal-caller put two scores on the board before suffering a head injury.
Backup sophomore quarterback Austin Wilson threw his first career touchdown pass in relief of Dungey while sophomore wide receiver Jamal Custi and true freshman running back Dontae Strickland each added touchdown grabs in the win.
How I Am Betting This Game:
While I don’t think there’s much doubt at all that LSU is going to win this contest, I’m not real fond of the high point spread, particularly with LSU playing on the road.
LSU has gone 8-2 SU in their last 10 games as a favorite of eight points or more, but the Tigers are also just 5-5 ATS over the span.
I know Syracuse is just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games, but the Orange have also managed to go 2-1 ATS over their last three home dates while LSU has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an SU win of more than 20 points.
Some books don’t have odds up for this matchup just yet, but many other have the Tigers as whopping 24-point road favorites. For me, that’s just a few points too high for the Tigers to cover, even if they did run roughshod all over Auburn this past weekend.
In summary, I am picking the Syracuse Orange plus the points over LSU. My final score prediction is LSU 31, Syracuse 14