College Football Betting: Wake Forest at Syracuse

College Football Betting:  Wake Forest at Syracuse

It’s the ACC Conference opener for both schools as Atlantic Division rivals Wake Forest and Syracuse go at it. Both teams opened the season with impressive wins against overmatched FCS opposition. Wake Forest ripped Elon 41-3 and in the process generated over 600 yards of total offense. Quarterback John Wofford looked very good, albeit against a low level of competition. Syracuse also had no trouble with their opening week opponent as they throttled Rhode Island 47-0.

Wake Forest has been really bad for a couple of seasons now and Syracuse had no trouble last year beating them 30-7 on the road. In fact, Wake Forest has scored just two touchdowns against the Orange in their last two meetings combined. So what’s different this year? In our view, not much. Wake Forest may have a little more confidence coming in off the easy win against Elon but that’s negated by the fact that the public has higher expectations of the Deacons–and particularly quarterback Wofford–based on that result.

The fact of the matter is that Wake Forest could be even worse this year than last. Wofford was forced to play behind a porous offensive line last season–one that ended up allowing a whopping 48 sacks. But there’s no guarantee that things will be better this season as the offensive line lost three starters. True, there’s a chance that it could be ‘addition by subtraction’ given their poor performance but we’re not going to suggest that there will be an immediate improvement. Wake Forest also lost some important players on defense, has a poor running game and has lost their best kick returner.

Syracuse, meanwhile, has been downgraded due to the loss of Terrel Hunt for the season. He tore his Achilles Tendon early in the Rhode Island game but insiders are big on his replacement, freshman Eric Dungey. Dungey should be less erratic than Hunt and will have plenty of help from a suffocating Syracuse defense that is one of the most underrated in college football.