Syracuse Going After Rare 4-0 Start When Virginia Comes Calling
Virginia vs Syracuse Betting Odds: After rolling past Louisville and UConn in the first two games, Syracuse was tested by Purdue before rallying for a three-point win despite giving up nearly 500 yards of offense. Virginia is coming off a 513-yard effort against Old Dominion but it took a Brendan Farrell field goal as time expired for the Cavaliers to pick up the win.
Syracuse opened more than a few eyes with the routine way that the Orange dispatched Louisville and star quarterback Malik Cunningham in the season opener. Now Syracuse heads back into ACC play looking to improve to 4-0. Virginia vs Syracuse betting odds is favoring Syracuse to pick up another win.
Virginia has some of the same players, but the offense certainly is run much differently with new head coach Tony Elliott in charge. He relies on the run much more frequently.
It is interesting that the Virginia vs Syracuse odds favor the host Orange by more than a touchdown, but the odds to win the national title have Virginia at +10000 and Syracuse at +35000.
Virginia vs Syracuse Game Information
First-year head coach Tony Elliott made his reputation on the offensive side of the ball as Clemson’s offensive coordinator.
The Virginia offense is still a work in progress as the Cavaliers are averaging more than 100 fewer yards per game so far this season compared to the 2021 team that led the ACC in total offense. That could play a role in Virginia vs Syracuse betting odds very much being in the favor of the Orange.
Virginia has topped 500 yards in offense twice this season but managed just 222 yards against Illinois.
Veteran quarterback Brennan Armstrong is completing just 52.9% of his passes with two touchdown passes and three interceptions so his play will need to improve Keytaon Thompson and Lavel Davis are both already over 200 receiving yards.
Perris Jones had three rushing attempts in his first three seasons at Virginia. He is already run the ball 37 times for 186 yards in the first three games in 2022.
Nick Jackson is third in the ACC with 31 tackles.
Garrett Shrader had his ups and downs in his first season at Syracuse after transferring in from Mississippi State. He completed more than 60% of his passes just twice. He did run for nearly 800 yards.
Schrader is completing 66% of his passes so far this season with eight touchdown passes and no interceptions. He is also the second leading rusher for the Orange. His emergence has played a role in the Orange being favored according to the Virginia vs Syracuse betting odds.
Although Sean Tucker and Shrader are both dangerous runners, Syracuse is averaging just 3.9 yards per carrying.
Tucker and fellow sophomore Oronde Gadsden each have 12 receptions with Gadsden finding the end zone three times.
Mikel Jones and Marlowe Wax have combined for 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks to lead the defense.
Virginia vs Syracuse Injury Update
When looking at the college football injuries list, Virginia cornerback Darrius Bratton (ankle) and running back Ronnie Walker Jr. (lower body) are questionable. Running back Amaad Foston (knee) is out for the season
For Syracuse, defensive back Neil Dunn and receiver Neil Nunn missed the Purdue game and their status is yet to be determined. Fullback Chris Elmore and quarterback Justin Lamson are out for the season.
Virginia vs Syracuse Head to Head
The teams haven’t met since 2015 when Virginia won 44-38 as a seven-point favorite at home.
It was the only meeting between the teams since 2006. Each of the last two games went over the total.
Virginia vs Syracuse Betting Preview
The Syracuse defense is allowing opponents to complete more than 74% of their passes so perhaps Armstrong will be given the green light as he did under the direction of the previous coaching staff. Those who bet on college football games might be surprised with Syracuse being favored by nine points.
Only Georgia Tech has a lower success rate on third downs among ACC teams than Virginia and that has impacted the Cavaliers’ ability to sustain drives.
Virginia is 1-6 against the college football betting lines in their last seven games, but the Cavaliers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six conference games. Syracuse has covered in 10 of its last 13 games as well as in seven of its last eight contests at home.
The total has gone under in five of Virginia’s last six games. The total has also gone under in each of Syracuse’s last five games played on Friday.Follow us on Twitter