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#17 Pittsburgh vs Syracuse Vegas Odds: Can ‘Cuse Go Bowling

  • Syracuse has lost their past two games
  • Pittsburgh has won three staright
  • Syracuse has not beaten a ranked opponent all season

The Syracuse Orange host the final game in the Carrier Dome as the Pittsburgh Panthers come to town. The Orange have struggled against ranked opponents this season, and they desperately need this victory if they want to go to a bowl game. The Panthers on the other hand are using this game as a final tune-up before the ACC Championship game.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Syracuse Orange Schedule

  • Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
  • When: Saturday, November 27, 7:30 PM EST
  • How to Watch: ACC Network

Pittsburgh vs Syracuse Vegas Odds

Game Preview

Pittsburgh is Ready For ACC Championship

The Pittsburgh Panthers truly have nothing to play for in this matchup, as they’ve already secured their place in the ACC Championship game. The only thing that the Panthers can truly play for is to keep Syracuse out of a bowl game.

The Pathers’ offense is averaging 43.9 points per game on 530.7 total yards per game. Those 530.7 total yards break down to 370.1 passing yards and 160.6 rushing yards per game. The Panthers’ offense is led by their senior quarterback, Kenny Pickett. Pickett has completed 286 of 426 pass attempts for 3,857 yards and while throwing thirty-six touchdowns and just six interceptions. To complement Pickett, the Panthers look to their sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda. Abanikanda has rushed for 580 yards on 109 attempts and has found the endzone five times this season.

Nov 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Rodney Hammond Jr. (9) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 48-38 to secure the ACC Coastal Division Championship. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Rodney Hammond Jr. (9) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 48-38 to secure the ACC Coastal Division Championship. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers are giving up 24.1 points per game on 363.2 total yards per game. Those 363.2 total yards break down to 265.1 passing yards and just 98.1 yards rushing per game. The Panthers have been able to put a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, forcing forty-one sacks and eleven interceptions.

Can Syracuse Go Bowling?

The Syracuse Orange have struggled in their past two games, and have especially struggled against ranked opponents this season. If the Orange want to be guaranteed a bowl game this season, this is a must-win game for the Orange.

The Orange offense is averaging 25.9 points per game on 377.8 total yards per game. Those 377.8 total yards break down to 147.2 passing yards and 230.6 rushing yards per game. The Orange are led by their sophomore quarterback, Garrett Shrader. Shrader has completed 106 of 210 pass attempts for 1,228 total yards and has seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Shrader has also rushed for 783 yards on 157 attempts and has found the endzone fourteen times. To complement Shrader, the Orange look to their freshman running back, Sean Tucker. Tucker has rushed for 1,467 yards on 233 attempts and has found the endzone twelve times.

Nov 20, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) is met by North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Vi Jones (31), defensive lineman Daniel Joseph (99) and safety Tanner Ingle (10) on a run during the second half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) is met by North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Vi Jones (31), defensive lineman Daniel Joseph (99) and safety Tanner Ingle (10) on a run during the second half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports

On the defensive side of the ball, the Orange have been giving up 25.9 points per game on 330.1 total yards per game. Those 330.1 total yards break down to 203.8 passing yards and 126.3 rushing yards per game. Syracuse has been able to put some pressure on opposing quarterbacks, forcing thirty-five sacks with just three interceptions.

College Football Picks Today

The Pittsburgh Panthers look to dominate this game early and possibly rest their starters to look ahead to the ACC Championship game. The Orange are looking to end strong and become bowl eligible. I’m looking for Pittsburgh to dominate this matchup and just prove to be too much for the Orange.

Pittsburgh 42 – Syracuse 24

Expert Picks:

  • Pittsburgh wins
  • Pittsburgh (-13)
  • Over 58
I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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