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Syracuse Orange National Championship Odds
The Syracuse Orange had a fantastic showing in 2018, winning 10 games for the first time since 2001 and finishing ranked No. 15 in the country. Syracuse has to replace dual threat quarterback Eric Dungey but the program seems to be in pretty good shape. While there is plenty of internal optimism heading into 2019, the team’s win projection is listed lower than where most thought it would come in. The Orange will aim to cruise past that figure and remain one of the top teams in the ACC once again in 2019.
2019 Syracuse Orange at a Glance
Syracuse National Championship Odds: +20000
Syracuse Odds to Win ACC: +1600
Syracuse Regular Season Win Total: 5.5
Syracuse had one of the most explosive offenses in the nation in 2018, scoring more than 40 points per game. Dungey was a big part of that, throwing for 2,868 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions while adding 754 rushing and 15 more scores. Dungey must be replaced but there is belief that Tommy Devito will do a nice job of filling in. If he can pick up where Dungey left off, this team should easily win more than five games. Devito is more of a pocket passer and there is concern on the offensive line as it loses a pair of offensive tackles and a guard. Running back Moe Neal returns after rushing for 869 yards last year. Sean Riley had 64 catches for 756 yards and three touchdowns in the slot last year and figures to be the main pass-catching weapon.
The Syracuse defense made some improvements last season and has a lot of key players returning. Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman each had 10 sacks apiece in 2018 and will aim to duplicate that. Andre Cisco is back in the secondary after nabbing seven interceptions a year ago. It may be hard to do that again but he is nonetheless a bright spot at safety. The biggest concern defensively is the linebacker corps, but if that group can overperform than the Orange defense may be able to take another step forward.
Syracuse has a lot of nice pieces but much of its success will come down to the performance of Devito. He was a highly-rated recruit and now will get his chance to shine in Dungey’s footsteps. It will be interesting to see if the Orange can surprise the oddsmakers and come away with another highly successful year under coach Dino Babers.
2019 Syracuse Orange Betting Schedule
||Syracuse at Liberty
||Saturday, August 31
||Syracuse at Maryland
||Saturday, September 7
||Syracuse vs. Clemson
||Saturday, September 14
||Syracuse vs. Western Michigan
||Saturday, September 21
||Syracuse vs, Holy Cross
||Saturday, September 28
||Syracuse at North Carolina State
||Thursday, October 10
||Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh
||Friday, October 18
||Syracuse at Florida State
||Saturday, October 26
||Syracuse vs. Boston College
||Saturday, November 2
||Syracuse at Duke
||Saturday, November 16
||Syracuse at Louisville
||Saturday, November 23
||Syracuse vs. Wake Forest
||Saturday, November 30
This is one of the higher-water marks for a Syracuse football program that has not registered a ton of success over the years. Syacuse’s heyday came in the late 1990s when it won three straight Big East championships under coach Paul Pasqualone. The team’s best record in that stretch came in 1996 when Syracuse went 9-3 overall and 6-1 in conference. Some of the big names on those teams included star quarterback Donovan McNabb, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and pass-rusher Dwight Freeney, all of whom went on to have great success in the NFL.
Syracuse’s most recent conference title came in 2012, when it went 5-2 in the Big East under coach Doug Marrone. The Orange switched to the ACC beginning in 2013 and it is no doubt a tougher conference, with annual games against Florida State and Clemson, among others. Syracuse beat Clemson two years ago and played the Tigers tough in 2018. If the Orange have that type of showing early in 2019, it will be a great sign for what is to come this season. If not, the pessimistic win total projection could be right on the mark.
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