Syracuse Football: The Over/Under
This article is the next in a series of articles in which the Confidential selects the over/under for football wins in 2014. We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.” We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under. If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too. The thirteenth team up: Syracuse. We are going with an over/under of 7.5.
Here is the Syracuse schedule:
|Fri, Aug 29||Villanova||
|Sat, Sept 13||Central Michigan||Mount Pleasant, MI|
|Sat, Sept 20||Maryland||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Sat, Sept 27||Notre Dame||East Rutherford, NJ|
|Fri, Oct 3||Louisville||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Sat, Oct 11||Florida State||
|Sat, Oct 18||Wake Forest||Winston-Salem, NC|
|Sat, Oct 25||Clemson||Clemson, SC|
|Sat, Nov 1||North Carolina State||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Sat, Nov 8||Duke||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Sat, Nov 22||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Sat, Nov 29||Boston College||Chestnut Hill, MA|
Likely losses: Florida State, @ Clemson,
Likely wins: Villanova, Central Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina State
Toss-ups: Louisville, @ Wake Forest, Duke, @ Pitt, @ BC, Notre Dame
Syracuse fans are not going to like this, but the idea that Syracuse is certain to improve on last year’s 6 regular season wins is a bit unrealistic. They have Notre Dame on top of the division foes FSU, Clemson, and Louisville. If anything, Maryland and NC State could have been toss-ups. Having Pitt, BC, and Wake on the road does not help. This just is not the Big East of old, where Rutgers and Temple were certain wins. However, if Syracuse can be 3-0 heading into Notre Dame, win one of the next three, and win three of the last six (only two at home), that will get it done. At this point in the preseason, we will go ahead and give Syracuse a 7.5 over/under.
What do you think? Let us know on here or on Twitter @ acconfi.
Other over/unders: Wake Forest (4.5), Virginia (4.5), Notre Dame (8.5), Miami (7.5), NC State (5.5), North Carolina (6.5), Boston College (5.5), Virginia Tech (8.5), Duke (8.5), Georgia Tech (7.5), Pittsburgh (8.5), Louisville (8.5), Syracuse (7.5), Clemson (TBA), and Florida State (TBA)