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Syracuse football: Orange continue home stand as favorites against Virginia

This makes three of four as favorites on the year.

Purdue v Syracuse Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

Well it wasn’t pretty, but the Syracuse Orange got the job done against the Purdue Boilermakers last week. That always was expected to be a close matchup, but I don’t think anyone saw the game playing out the way it did. One way or another, Syracuse took care of business and walked away with a 32-29 win. This also covered the Syracuse -1.5 spread that the game had moved to later in the week, moving putting the Orange at 3-0 against the spread this season.

This week, the Orange host the Virginia Cavaliers to the Dome for a Friday night primetime matchup. DraftKings SportsBook odds had the Orange open at -8.5 against the Cavaliers. It has since (as of time of this publishing) moved to -9.5 already and is one to track moving forward. The over/under was set at 54.5. Syracuse has hit the over two of their three matchups this season. They’re also 3-0 against the spread on the year for what that’s worth.

The Hoos are 2-1 (0-0) on the year, and 0-3 against the spread. They closed out a win over Richmond to start the season, followed by a big loss to Illinois and they squeaked out a win against Old Dominion this past weekend. The all time series between the schools favors Virginia, 3-2, with the two Syracuse victories both coming in the 1970s. Most recently was the 2015 triple overtime matchup between Mike Lindon and Scott Shafer that ended 44-38 down in Charlottesville.

The game kicks off at 7pm, Friday, September 23rd and will be broadcast on ESPN.

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