The SYRACUSE and the W MICHIGAN will both be gunning for a victory on 8/31/2018 at 6:00 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
SYRACUSE vs W MICHIGAN
When: 6:00 PM ET, Friday, August 31, 2018
Where: Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan
|143||SYRACUSE||6 (-110)||64.5 (-110)||-240
TV: 6:00 PM
PREDICTION: W MICHIGAN , SYRACUSE
Oddsmakers currently have the W MICHIGAN listed as 6 point favorites versus the SYRACUSE, while the game’s total is sitting at 64.5.
Take Syracuse (#143)
Dino Babers has suffered through two dismal, injury riddled seasons in his first two years at the Syracuse head coach. Here in Year 3, we can expect Babers to have the Orange primed to succeed on the road against a MAC foe in Week 1.
Babers quote speaks volumes about what he expects for the Orange this season, off back-2-back 4-8 campaigns: “This is the first time I’ve ever had a year three anywhere so this is new ground for me as well. But I think just having a better understanding of what’s going on in the conference, having a better understanding of the 107 guys in the room and knowing what they’re hot buttons are, knowing how to push them, knowing which ones to push and which ones not to push and just having a lot more comradery with the family. I think that everybody’s headed in the right direction. I think there’s more of our type of guys in the room than before and I think it’s going to pay off for us in the long run.”
Orange QB Erik Dungey has battled injuries in each of his first two years on the job, but the third year starter—now a senior — is healthy for camp. And with a healthy Dungey, the Broncos defense is in for a world of hurt. Western Michigan has major issues on their defensive line after losing both defensive tackles in the offseason. Broncos head coach Tim Lester, talking about his issues on the DL heading into camp: “We need to find players who can play. We have a bunch of guys, and they know it. They know that position is as open as open can get.” Given the extreme Syracuse pace, a weak opposing DL is a defensive disaster waiting to happen for a team like the Broncos.
PJ Fleck is now two years removed from the Western Michigan job, and his replacement, Tim Lester, presided over a significant Broncos decline last year. It’s hard for this bettor to expect the Broncos to be able to trade points with the Orange for 60 minutes here, making the reasonable pointspread to get involved on the Syracuse side in a game they should win by a TD or more. Take Syracuse.