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Panthers visit Orange in Week 13 NCAAF clash

Pittsburgh PanthersSyracuse Orange
5-5November 23, 2013, 12:30 | Carrier Dome5-5

The Orange will do battle with the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.

The Panthers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 3-6-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Orange are 6-4 ATS. Pittsburgh is 4-6 against the total, while Syracuse is 5-5 versus the number.

View Pittsburgh Panthers vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Orange as 1.5-point underdogs in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check the college football odds link for the latest on the over under)..

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Orange at No. 92 and the Panthers at No. 71 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 23-20 result in favor of the Panthers.

Pittsburgh was a 34-27 loser in its last match at home against North Carolina. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 61 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Syracuse's No. 98-ranked offense (22.4 PPG) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 69 at 26.9 PPG. The Orange passing attack has averaged 174.9 yards per game, less than the Panthers give up through the air (210.7 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Panthers feature the league's No. 79-rated road run defense, allowing 196.25 yards per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, ranks No. 48 in rushing offense at home.

A few Panthers at Orange trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Syracuse is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Syracuse's last 6 games
Syracuse is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Syracuse is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Miami, Friday, November 29th
Syracuse home to Boston College, Saturday, November 30th