Syracuse at Wake Forest - 11/19/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-4) vs Syracuse Orange (6-4)

Game Info: Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Truist Field)

Betting Odds: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -9.5 -- Over/Under: 56 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Syracuse Orange will travel down to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest Demon Deacons in ACC action this weekend on the ACC Network. Wake and Syracuse have faced off in nearly every season since the Orange's arrival in the ACC. Wake holds the series lead 6-5 after winning the last two matchups.

Syracuse is 6-4 after losing to Florida State at home in Week 7. The Orange’s magical season has been cut short by ACC play, as another conference power has come into the Dome and handed them their fourth straight loss. Syracuse is scoring 27.3 points per game, while passing for 204.3 yards per game (193rd), and rushing for 143.6 ypg (153rd). The Cuse defense allows 27.3 points per game.

Garrett Shrader’s availability down the stretch has buried Syracuse’s hopes of crashing the ACC title game. The junior quarterback has been in and out of the lineup for the past month, and his health makes Syracuse unappealing right now. Shrader has thrown for 1,701 yards with 14 touchdowns to five interceptions, while rushing for 371 yards and six more scores this season. 

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Sean Tucker has struggled with the instability at the QB spot. After setting the school record for rushing yards last season, the sophomore back hasn’t surpassed the 60-yard mark in four games. Tucker has still managed to post respectable numbers of 829 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Oronde Gadsden has been the guy outside for Syracuse, and after a career day versus N.C. State last weekend, he leads the team with 42 receptions for 700 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Wake Forest dropped to 6-4 after losing to North Carolina at home. The Demon Deacons dropped their second game in a row to an in-state foe after battling with Tar Heels in a shootout and combining for 70 points. Wake Forest scores 36.9 points per game, while passing for 309.7 yards per game (18th), and rushing for 128.1 ypg (194th). The Wake defense allows 28.2 points per game.

Sam Hartman may be making his final start in Winston Salem this weekend. The five-year starter has been a big part of Wake Forest’s resurgence, and a swan song performance would be fitting here. Hartman has thrown for 2,743 passing yards with 28 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

Justice Ellison and Christian Turner have split the workload for Wake. Neither back has had ample opportunity or room to run, but Ellison leads the team with 534 rushing yards, while Turner has added 423 yards and a team-lead seven touchdowns. A.T. Perry has been dynamic on the outside, and he leads Wake with 52 receptions for 774 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Syracuse is 6-4 against the spread this season, with a 2-1 record on the road. Wake Forest is 5-5 against the spread this season, with a 3-3 record at home. The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings. Cuse is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in November. Under is 5-1 in Wake's last 6 games overall.

These two schools have fallen victim to ACC play, and something has to give here. Both teams find themselves on the wrong end of extended losing streaks, and i’ve got a good feeling about the host here.

The Wake Forest offense has remained productive despite this losing patch of play, and they carry a distinct advantage over Syracuse on that end and at the most important position on the field. It’s really hard to trust right now with the status of Garrett Shrader not looking optimistic at all heading into the weekend.

Look for a big game from Sam Hartman in what could potentially be his final home start at Wake, and take their spread Saturday night.

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