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Notre Dame Looks to Keep Rolling vs Syracuse

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 15-0 SU and 10-5 ATS over their last 15 games, including a 9-0 SU start to the 2020 season. The Irish are massive favorites as they try to keep their undefeated record intact Saturday afternoon when they host the Syracuse Orange.

Syracuse Orange vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Date/Time: December 5, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium
  • TV Coverage: NBC
  • Opening Odds: Notre Dame -33.5 | O/U 51.5 (Line History)
  • Syracuse vs Notre Dame Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Notre Dame has opened as a 33.5-point home favorite in this matchup and the total is set at 51.5 points. The Fighting Irish have covered the spread in each of their last five games against Syracuse. The UNDER is 3-1-1 in those five games.

Syracuse News & Notes

Syracuse’s only win of the 2020 season came back on September 26 when the Orange defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 37-20 as 7.5-point underdogs. Since then, the Orange are 0-7 SU and 3-4 ATS, bringing their record on the season to 1-9 SU and 5-5 ATS. The defense has allowed 34.7 points per game over the team’s current seven-game losing streak.

Rex Culpepper had his best start to date last Saturday against the NC State Wolfpack as he went 23-for-45 for 254 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The senior has been thrust into action due to starting quarterback Tommy DeVito’s season-ending ankle injury.

Culpepper has completed only 47.2 percent of his passes this season and has seven interceptions to go along with eight touchdown passes. Freshman JaCobian Morgan could get the start if he is healthy enough to play, but he is currently questionable with a head injury.

Notre Dame News & Notes

The Fighting Irish added another impressive win to their resume last Friday when they defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 31-17 as 4.5-point road favorites. Ian Book had 279 passing yards and 48 rushing yards while featured back Kyren Williams led the way with 124 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.

Notre Dame’s defense ranks 10th in the nation in total yards allowed with 303.4 per game and 10th in scoring, allowing only 16.7 points per game.

An ACC championship game against the Clemson Tigers looms at the end of the season should the Fighting Irish and Clemson both finish up their regular season without any more blemishes. With a win against Clemson already and a 9-0 SU and 5-4 ATS record on the season, has Notre Dame already done enough to lock up a College Football Playoff spot even if it loses that game?

Betting Pick: UNDER 51.5 points

It’s difficult to imagine the Orange mustering much of anything on offense against this Notre Dame defensive unit. Look for the Fighting Irish to cruise to an easy win while staying UNDER the posted total.

Shark Bites
  • Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 December games.
  • Notre Dame is 10-0 SU in its last 10 home games.
  • The UNDER is 3-1 in Syracuse’s last 4 games.