As strange as it sounds, the Syracuse Orange will be looking to record consecutive victories while the humbled Notre Dame Fighting Irish will simply be fighting for respect when the two teams square off at MetLife Stadium on Saturday in their Week 5 matchup.
Notre Dame Vs Syracuse Line & Pick
What: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-3) at Syracuse Orange (2-2)
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Where: East Rutherford, NJ
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Spread: Notre Dame -12.5
Moneyline: Notre Dame -380 vs Syracuse +320
Game Total: 75
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Notre Dame lost their second straight game by falling to Duke 38-35 in Week 4 while never coming close to covering the spread as a 20.5-point favorite.
The Irish allowed 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of that game to ensure their own demise.
Quarterback DeShone Kizer went 22-of-37 for 381 yards with two touchdowns while wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown caught six passes for 116 yards and one score. Kizer also rushed for 60 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.
Notre Dame is ranked 43rd nationally in scoring (37.2 ppg) but is giving up a whopping 33.5 points per game defensively to rank 101st nationally.
Syracuse got back to .500 by beating UConn 31-24 in Week 4 to cash in as a 3-point underdog as quarterback Eric Dungey completed 26-of-40 passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught 12 passes and set a new school record with 270 receiving yards and two scores.
The Orange average a respectable 28.0 points per game (78th) but allows a whopping 34.5 points per game defensively (106th).
How To Bet Notre Dame Vs Syracuse
The Syracuse Orange are my pick to cover the college football betting line in this Week 5 matchup, though I don’t see them winning outright.
The Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record. Notre Dame has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games and an identical 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall,
Syracuse is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in October and an identical 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. Despite their woes this season, I do like the Fighting Irish to win outright. However, the ATS cover goes to Syracuse.