The Syracuse Orange football team returns home this week to welcome the top-20, undefeated Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the Dome. Opening lines have the Orange as a 6 1⁄2 point underdog in this contest, with an over/under total of 56.5 points.
So far this season Syracuse has been the underdog five times and have covered the spread in four of their first five games with only the Rutgers game serving as the outlier. The Demon Deacons are 1-4 vs the spread in 2021.
Wake has been favored over Syracuse in five of the last six meetings between the team with the Orange only covering in their two wins during this stretch. Wake won last year’s game 38-14, and we all remember the 2019 finale when Syracuse pulled off the rare nine-point overtime win.
Thanks to last year’s adjusted COVID schedule, this will be the third straight season that Syracuse has hosted Wake — a feat they will also accomplish against Boston College later this season. Of course, it would be nice if they were able to parlay all of those home games against peer schools into wins. But... there’s still a chance to beat both BC and Wake this year, even if odds won’t favor them doing so.