NCAAF Preview: The Syracuse Orange And Playoff Possibilities


They moved 6-2 SU and 6-2 ATS in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) dropping to the No.1 Clemson Tigers in the last 42 minutes of the match in Week-5 and falling level the next week losing to the Pittsburgh Panthers at Week-6. They’re Also coming off a dominating 34-18 victory on the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Camping World Bowl. The prospects for 2019 are brighter for his Orange team and head coach Dino Babers.
The Orange yield 13 starters with six on crime including two on the offensive line along with seven on defense containing three to the defensive lineup. The largest reduction was to graduating Senior quarterback Eric Dungey, who threw for 2,495 yards completing 225 of all 377 pass attempts to get a 60% completion percentage, together with 14 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He also ran for a team-high 595 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns. For his career as a four-year starter he gathered 9,340 passing yards, finishing 61.5percent of his 1,279 pass attempts including 58 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
Replacing Dungey under centre will be redshirt Sophomore Tommy DeVito (6-2, 215), who has made 2019 preseason third-team All-ACC honors from Athlon and Lindy’s. He played a vital role in the 30-7 win over Florida State at Week-3 along with the 40-37 win over North Carolina. In the Florida State game, he also went 11-for-16 for 144 passing yards and a touchdown. In the North Carolina game, he travelled 17-for-33 along with 225 passing yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. He’s a standard drop-back passer having a big-time arm along with decent freedom. He does not have the legs which Dungey owned, but he more than makes up for this with his arm and precision.
A welcomed addition to the offense is redshirt Junior University of Oklahoma Sooners transfer Abdul Adams (5-11, 205), who after sitting out the 2018 year because of the NCAA transfer rules, created his Orange debut at the Camping World Bowl and scored two touchdowns. While at Oklahoma he attained 844 rushing yards on 120 carries to get a outstanding 7.0 yards per effort including three touchdowns. He holds the Sooner schedule document for scoring a touchdown to a 99-yard dash at a match against Baylor at 2017.
Adams is going to be the second running back on the depth chart behind Old Moe Neal, who ranks fifth to the Orange All-time listing averaging 5.4 yards per attempt and ranks 26th on the programs’ career rushing yards list. He had been given the 2018 Mark Hoffman Award to the Orange’s most outstanding running back. This pairing of springs behind a much greater run-blocking offensive lineup will set the game against some other defense they will confront. A solid running game will start play-action vertical paths to the receivers, who will be in person protection matchups with no safety assistance.
It was less than a year ago when Syracuse was defeating the Clemson Tigers in Death Valley until a dazzling comeback by backup quarterback Brice Chase, who converted two fourth down conversions and threw the winning touchdown with 42 seconds left in the match, preventing the upset win.
Work through the story of how the Orange would have to be respectfully considered for its College Football Playoffs this year. In Week-3 they will sponsor Clemson and will soon be installed as an 18-point home puppy. Since 2016, there have been 165 games where the home team has been installed as a 14 to 20-point home dog and they travelled 28-137 SU to get 17% wins. What if Syracuse is one of the groups that pulls this off upset and goes on to win the ACC Championship? The only significant matchup for them on the program happens in Week-9 when they travel to Tallahassee to perform Florida State and could be favored by 3-points. Clemson and Syracuse are in the Atlantic Division of the ACC even when they did lose at Florida State, they’d nevertheless possess the tiebreaker of having conquered Clemson if both teams end up tied together to one-loss records. The Coastal Division is significantly weaker than the Atlantic and the winner of the Division would be a seven to five 10-point underdog in the Championship game facing the Orange.
The CFP committee will be forced to recognize an ACC Champion with one-loss as deserving a ticket for one of those four playoff berths. Add an SEC Georgia Bulldogs Champion with Alabama having one-loss on this summer, a Big-12 Champion Texas Longhorns staff together using the Oklahoma Sooners having just 1 loss, and a Big-10 Champion at the Michigan Wolverines with all the Ohio State Buckeyes having just one loss. The start of this 2019 season cannot happen at this point.
The Orange are 150:1 to win the National Championship and 20:1 to win at the ACC Championship. Playing the Orange to win the ACC and receiving 20:1 payback is an superb wager to be making now. The Orange wins total is 7.5 and paying for -125 vigorish to bet that the’OVER’. Again, playing the’OVER’ is a superb bet to make now anticipating a minimum of twenty five wins and more.

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