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NCAA odds: WVU favored at Syracuse

The West Virginia Mountaineers will try to keep their Big East title run intact Friday night when they head on the road to face the Syracuse Orange.

West Virginia is 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against Syracuse, but the Orange broke an eight-game losing streak last season with a 19-14 upset win at West Virginia.

In their last game against UConn, West Virginia’s Geno Smith passed for 450 yards and four touchdowns.

View West Virginia vs Syracuse Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Mountaineers were listed as 14-point favorites on the opening NCAA football line at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. The total settled in around 58 at most online sportsbooks such as TopBet this week. The best WVU line was at 5Dimes as of mid-week, watch for line moves.

Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 90 (Orange) and the No. 42 (Mountaineers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 48-28 result in favor of the Mountaineers is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Syracuse's No. 73-ranked offense (26.7 PPG) against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 36 at 21.5 PPG. The Orange passing attack has averaged 220.3 yards per game, more than the Mountaineers give up through the air (181.3 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Mountaineers own the league's No. 82-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 188 yards per game when on the road. Syracuse, on the other hand, rates No. 104 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 43-16 winner as they battled Connecticut at home. West Virginia covered in the match as a 19.5-point favorite, while 59 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Syracuse was a 37-34 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Tulane. They failed to cover the 9.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (71) made winners of OVER bettors.

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 8-2

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 5-5

A few Mountaineers at Orange trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia's last 5 games
West Virginia is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Syracuse
West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
West Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Syracuse
Syracuse is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Syracuse is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Syracuse's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 7 games when playing West Virginia

Next up:
West Virginia at Rutgers, Saturday, October 29
Syracuse at Louisville, Saturday, October 29