Wake Forest at Syracuse: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Wake Forest  at Syracuse: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange (3-2) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-0)

Game Info: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Carrier Dome)

Betting Odds: Syracuse Orange +6 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Syracuse Orange face off on Saturday in a Week 6 ACC showdown at the Carrier Dome. When these two teams faced off in 2020, Wake Forest came away with the 38-14 victory. 

It’s been quite the start to the season for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as they have started 5-0, but the last game was a close call. Wake Forest almost let Louisville squeak out a victory late, but they held on to a 37-34 victory. The offense has been the difference for this team averaging 38.4 points per game while the defense is giving up 18.2 points per game. Under center for Wake Forest is Sam Hartman who has thrown for 1,285 yards, 11 touchdowns, and two interceptions. Most think of Hartman when they think of this offense, but they also have a strong running back room. Christian Beal-Smith has been the top running back putting up 312 yards and four touchdowns. Four different players have put up at least 100 yards on the ground. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Syracuse Orange who sit with a 3-2 record, and they are coming off a 33-30 loss against Florida State. Syracuse’s defense just wasn’t good enough, especially against the run, and that led to the loss. Syracuse is averaging 30.4 points while the defense is giving up 20.8 points per game. Garrett Sharder and Tommy DeVito have both started at quarterback this year, but it looks like Sharder should get the start in this game. He has thrown for 467 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He has also rushed 46 times for 234 yards and seven touchdowns. The top rusher for Syracuse has been Sean Tucker who has rushed for 638 yards and seven touchdowns. 

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Wake Forest is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall. Syracuse is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall. The favorite is 8-1 in the last nine meetings played between Syracuse and Wake Forest. Wake Forest is 3-7 against the spread in their last ten meetings against Syracuse. 

This has been a series dominated by the favorite, and it’s going to be no different in this game. Syracuse doesn’t have the defense to slow down the rushing attack of Wake Forest, and that will be the difference in this game. This game is going to get out of hand early, and Wake Forest will cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Wake Forest -6

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