Week 9 odds - Orange vs. Bulls
Syracuse Orange vs South Florida Bulls Odds
The Syracuse Orange continue their last go-round through the Big East Conference when they hit Tampa to run with the Bulls of South Florida Saturday night (7 pm ET, ESPN3).
The 'Cuse, which needs three more wins to become bowl-eligible, was an early five-point underdog vs. USF, which has lost five games in a row.
Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup, the Bulls sat as 7.5-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.
Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 59-rated Bulls and the No. 40-rated Orange in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 27-23 win for the Orange on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits South Florida's No. 84-ranked offense, averaging 25.1 PPG, against a Orange defense that ranks No. 45 this week at 23.4 PPG. The Bulls aerial game is averaging 244.6 yards per game, more than the Orange secondary allows through the air, 213.1 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Orange feature the league's No. 12-rated road run defense, allowing 95.5 yards per game. South Florida, meanwhile, ranks No. 115 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Syracuse was a 40-10 winner at home against Connecticut. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (50) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Connecticut was unable to contain Jerome Smith in its last action Friday and the result was a 40-10 Week 8 loss against the Orange.
In their last action, South Florida was a 27-25 loser on the road against Louisville. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, South Florida got a 110-yard performance from Lindsey Lamar, but Louisville prevailed 27-25.
Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 3-7
South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on grass are 1-9
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 1-9
A few Orange at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Syracuse's last 18 games on the road
Syracuse is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Syracuse is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games
Syracuse is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing South Florida
South Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse
South Florida is 3-12-1 ATS in its last 16 games
South Florida is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
South Florida is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Syracuse at Cincinnati, Saturday, November 3
South Florida home to Connecticut, Saturday, November 3