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9-22-2018 - Expert Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#325 UConn
Huskies
#326 Syracuse
Orange

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4:00pm

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Game Stats

UConn Huskies

1 - 2

0-3
ATS
2-0
O/U
26
PPG
55
OPPG

Syracuse Orange

3 - 0

3-0
ATS
2-1
O/U
48
PPG
19
OPPG

Something is going on in upstate New York and it is happening in the form of a resurrection of the once proud Syracuse football program.  Don’t look now, but the Orange are off to a 3-0 start and about to welcome a hapless UCONN team into the Carrier Dome.  The Huskies are 1-2 on the season and barely survived against an FCS team last weekend, allowing Rhode Island to score 49 points in defeat.  Surprisingly, it is Connecticut that leads the all-time series 6-2, but ‘Cuse has won the last two, and also has a vacated win from 2004 so the series really stands at 6-3 on the field.

Huskies Hoping to Turn it Around

It has been a rough season for the University of Connecticut. Honestly, they probably lost more respect in victory than they did in defeat the first two weeks. They opened up the season with a home loss to a ranked UCF squad, 56-17. They followed that up with a trip to Idaho where they fell to then-ranked No. 20 Boise State 62-7. Last week, however, they pulled out a victory, but they did so against the Rhode Island Rams, 56-49. Yes, they allowed an FCS school to score seven touchdowns on them at home.  As a matter of fact, the game was actually tied at 49 apiece for before Kevin Mensah ran it in from 22 yards out with 57 seconds remaining to secure the win.

Mensah would end up with two scores on the day to go along with 144 yards on 25 carries. Quarterback David Pendall ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns himself. He also threw for 308 yards, four TDs and one pick. While those offensive numbers are impressive, it does not change the fact that they gave up 550 total yards to the Rams with 351 of those coming through the air.

If they hope to stay competitive with the Orange, they are going to have to figure out a way to slow down a Syracuse offense putting up nearly 500 yards a game.  In other news, the Huskies are allowing 673 yards per contest.  Yes, you read that correctly.

Orange you Glad You’re a ‘Cuse Fan?

Syracuse is riding high after taking down Florida State for the first time since the mid 60’s, and they did so without starting quarterback Eric Dungey, who left the game with blurred vision.  Tommy DeVito came in and guided the squad to the 30-7 victory and Dungey is expected to be back for the Huskies.  The real question at this point is whether or not the Orange is that good, or if the Seminoles are that bad.

‘Cuse looked solid in the season opener putting up 55 points in a 13-point victory on the road vs. Western Michigan, and beat Wagner 62-10 in their second outing, but the 23-point win over the ‘Noles was the real eye-opener, and with a trip to Death Valley to take on Clemson next week, a win this Saturday vs. the Huskies could set up a battle of undefeated ACC teams.

Sometimes teams surprise, but it is hard to imagine that happening this time around. ‘Cuse is averaging 49 points per game and UCONN is giving up 55.7 points per contest. Throw in the fact that this one is in the Carrier Dome and you have the making of a big win for the Orange.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

It is tough to put faith into a team that is giving up nearly four touchdowns, but there is no denying that Syracuse has the hot hand right now and that the UCONN defense has more holes than Swiss Cheese.  Is there a chance that the Huskies will show up and play lights out football?  Sure there is, but there is also a chance that somebody reading this is going to win the Power Ball this week.  the ‘Cuse offense is just too good at this point to go any other way with this bet.

Prediction: Pick: Syracuse -27.5

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Woah!  I mean, we get it.  This Syracuse offense is on a roll and UCONN couldn’t stop a wet paper bag, but still . . . 76 points?  I mean it “could” happen, but the reality is that at some point  the Huskies have to start stopping somebody and this week seems like as good a week as any for that to happen.  Also, the Orange are not likely going to feel the need to stay on the gas pedal.  This one just seems too obvious to me.  Five Units all the way . . . Play the under.

Prediction: Under 76

Chuck D

Chuck Dowling is a 30-something University of Florida J-School alum that lives in his mother’s basement. Just kidding... there are no basements in Florida (the ground is too moist). He has been in the “biz” for his entire adult life and specializes in NCAA football and basketball, as well as soccer, boxing, and MMA. When not writing, Chuck moonlights as a high school athletics radio and internet-television broadcaster.

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