In a Friday night bout in the Big East Conference, 2-4 Syracuse hosts former Orange HC Paul Pasqualoni and his 3-4 Connecticut Huskies (8 pm ET, ESPN).
Syracuse, which has lost five in a row in this series, were early favorites over UConn in early betting. But check their overall record lately - Syracuse is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games, a money pit for backers.
Betting Line: Fans backing the Orange here saw them open at as 5-point favorites in this college football clash. The total was at 43.5 earlier in the week at BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Orange, currently No. 47 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Huskies, who rate No. 66 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 24-18 victory for the Huskies.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Syracuse's No. 96-ranked offense (22.8 PPG) against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 16 at 16.3 PPG. The Orange passing attack has averaged 318 yards per game, more than the Huskies give up through the air (161.6 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Huskies feature the league's No. 19-rated road run defense, allowing 98.7 yards per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, ranks No. 90 in rushing offense at home.
Last time out for Connecticut, they were a 17-14 loser as they battled Temple at home. Connecticut failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 31 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Last time out for the the Huskies, they were scorched by $WinningWR for 100 receiving yards against the Owls in a 17-14 loss at Rentschler Field.
Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 23-15 loser as they battled Rutgers on the road. Syracuse failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog, while 38 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, Syracuse's aerial attack generated 356 yards but it was the Scarlet Knights coming away with a 23-15 victory over Syracuse at Rutgers Stadium.
Connecticut Huskies Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on turf are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 4-6
Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on turf are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 2-8
A few Huskies at Orange trends to consider:
Connecticut is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Syracuse
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Connecticut's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 7 games
Connecticut is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Syracuse is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Syracuse is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
Syracuse is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Syracuse is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games
Connecticut at South Florida, Saturday, November 3
Syracuse at South Florida, Saturday, October 27