Notre Dame @ Syracuse
Notre Dame +103 over Syracuse

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Notre Dame +103 @ Syracuse

JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, NY

Streaming: ABC

12:00 PM EST. We faded then undefeated Syracuse last week against Clemson as a 14-point pooch. Somehow, despite their best efforts, the Orange covered that game in a 27-21 defeat. There is no shame in losing to college football royalty. In fact, that Syracuse hung with the Tigers and took them to the brink is going to only further their market appeal. Syracuse is now 6-1 against the spread to match their 6-1 mark overall. That is not going to stop us from coming right back against them here.

We cannot stress enough that playing Syracuse this week would be the wrong play. That train has left the station. The boat has been missed. The party is over. You get it. The Orange were double digit-dogs last week at Clemson, today they are favored against Notre Dame. Last week’s score looks impressive for ‘Cuse. Hell, it had a 21-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers were never going to cover that number. However, all is not what it seems. The Orange did not dominate Clemson man-for-man or play for play, but instead took advantage of a 4-1 turnover differential. The Tigers out everything’d the Orange. Yards, time of possession, first downs, you name it. When those points are considered, that result in Clemson is much less impressive. We don’t care who you are or where you are playing, if you have that kind of advantage in the turnover department and a double digit lead with 15 minutes to play, you are supposed to win that game. No exceptions. No excuses.

We’re not going to spend a bunch of time on the Irish, as fading Syracuse is the reason we are here, but Notre Dame’s stock is low, which presents us with the opportunity to battle on two fronts. The first is “sticking with it” after ripping up our tickets last week. The second is “buying low and selling high” on the Irish and Orange, respectively. Notre Dame has failed to cash a ticket since its 28-20 win over BYU three weeks ago. In a stark contrast, the Orange have hit pay dirt in three straight weeks.

If you lose two games in this league, your dreams of the playoff are over. Notre Dame’s season ended weeks ago, but misery loves company and the role of spoiler is one to be relished. Syracuse is not that good. 

Our Pick

Notre Dame +103 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.06)