Syracuse vs #14 North Carolina Odds, and Picks (Oct 7)

By · October 7, 2023
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  • Syracuse was defeated by Clemson last week, losing by a score of 31-14.
  • North Carolina was on bye last week, after taking down Pitt in Week 4.
  • These two teams last met on September 12, 2020, in a game North Carolina won 31-6.

The college football season is in full swing! Let’s preview the upcoming Syracuse vs North Carolina game. The Tar Heels are aiming to remain in contention for the ACC title. The Orange are seeking a rebound win.

How to Watch

  • ESPN


Syracuse took their first loss of the season against Clemson last week, falling 31-14. Despite the defeat, the Orange are still only two wins away from reaching a bowl game for the 3rd time in the last 10 years. Their next two games are the toughest on their schedule, with Syracuse facing both #5 Florida State and #14 UNC on the road. 5th-year QB Garrett Shrader will be aiming to bounce back against the Tar Heels.

North Carolina had a full week to rest up and prepare for this game against Syracuse. The Tar Heels have a favorable upcoming schedule, with 5 of their next 6 games coming at home. If they run the tables, they could meet Florida State or Louisville in the ACC title game with a 12-0 record. QB Drake Maye is currently projected to be the #2-overall pick in the draft, and will aim to continue his excellence against the Orange.


The Tar Heels opened the season ranked and have climbed into the top-15 after starting 4-0, but their largest win was by 18 points. That’s not bad at all, but it does fall well short of the country’s top teams. They’ll face a good test here against a solid Syracuse team that will be fighting to rebound from their loss to Clemson. I see North Carolina winning it, but by another relatively modest score, despite being at home.

NCAAF Picks:

  • North Carolina 34, Syracuse 24 (UNC -6.0)
Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.

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