NCAAF Preview: The Syracuse Orange And Playoff Possibilities


They moved 6-2 SU and 6-2 ATS in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) losing to the No.1 Clemson Tigers in the final 42 minutes of the match in Week-5 and then falling level the next week losing to the Pittsburgh Panthers in Week-6. They are also coming off a dominating 34-18 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers from the Camping World Bowl. The prospects for 2019 are brighter for his Orange team and head coach Dino Babers.
The Orange yield 13 starters using six on offense involving two on the line and seven on defense containing three to the defensive lineup. The biggest loss was to graduating Senior quarterback Eric Dungey, who threw for 2,495 yards finishing 225 of all 377 pass efforts to get a 60% completion percentage, with 14 touchdown passes and two interceptions. In addition, he ran for a team-high 595 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns. For his career as a starter he gathered 9,340 passing yards, finishing 61.5% of his own 1,279 pass efforts including 58 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
Replacing Dungey under centre would be redshirt Sophomore Tommy DeVito (6-2, 215), who’s got 2019 preseason third-team All-ACC honors from Athlon and Lindy’s. He played an Essential role in the 30-7 win over Florida State at Week-3 along with also the 40-37 win over North Carolina. From the Florida State game, he also travelled 11-for-16 for 144 passing yards and a touchdown. From the North Carolina match, he went 17-for-33 along with 225 passing yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. He’s a traditional drop-back passer using a big-time arm along with sufficient mobility. He does not have the legs that Dungey owned, but he more than makes up for that 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 outside the 2018 year because of the NCAA transfer rules, created his Orange introduction at the Camping World Bowl and scored two touchdowns. While at Oklahoma he gained 844 rushing yards on 120 carries to get a outstanding 7.0 yards per attempt including three touchdowns. He retains the Sooner schedule record for scoring a touchdown on a 99-yard dashboard at a game against Baylor at 2017.
Adams will be the next running back to the depth chart behind Senior Moe Neal, who ranks fifth to the Orange All-time listing averaging 5.4 yards per attempt and ranks 26th on the apps’ career rushing yards list. He had been awarded the 2018 Mark Hoffman Award for the Orange’s most outstanding back. This pairing of backs behind an even greater run-blocking offensive line will establish the game against some other defense they are going to confront. A good running game will start play-action vertical paths to the recipients, who will be in person reporting matchups with no safety assistance.
It was less than a year ago when Syracuse was defeating the Clemson Tigers at 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 narrative of how the Orange would have to be respectfully considered for its College Football Playoffs this year. In Week-3 they will host Clemson and will soon be set up as an 18-point home dog. Since 2016, there have been 165 games where the home team was set up as a 14 into 20-point house dog and they moved 28-137 SU to get 17% wins. What if Syracuse is among those groups that pulls this off upset and then goes on to win the ACC Championship? The only significant matchup for them on the schedule occurs in Week-9 whenever they travel to Tallahassee to perform Florida State and would be favored by 3-points. Clemson and Syracuse are in the Atlantic Division of the ACC so even though they did shed in Florida State, they’d still have the tiebreaker of having defeated Clemson if the two teams wind up tied with one-loss records. The Coastal Division is significantly weaker compared to the Atlantic and also the winner of that Division would be a seven to five 10-point underdog from the Championship game facing the Orange.
The CFP committee could be forced to identify an ACC Champion with one-loss as deserving a ticket for one of the four playoff berths. Then add in an SEC Georgia Bulldogs Champion together with Alabama with one-loss on the season, a Big-12 Champion Texas Longhorns staff with the Oklahoma Sooners having only one reduction, and a Big-10 Champion in the Michigan Wolverines with all the Ohio State Buckeyes having just 1 loss. The beginning of this 2019 year cannot happen faster at this point.
The Orange are 150:1 to win the National Championship and also 20:1 to win the ACC Championship. Playing the Orange to win the ACC and receiving 20:1 revenge is an excellent wager to be making now. The Orange wins total is 7.5 and paying for -125 vigorish to wager the’OVER’. Again, playing the’OVER’ is an outstanding bet to create now expecting a minimum of twenty five wins and more.

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