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Syracuse vs. Wake Forest Sportsbook Odds and Free Picks

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:36

Syracuse vs. Wake Forest Picks and OddsSportsbook betting free pick: Syracure over Wake Forest by 3

Each new betting season brings with it a collection of head coaches whose hindquarters are hovering above a seat that ranges in temperature from slightly warm to blast furnace hot.

Now entering his 11th college football betting season in Winston-Salem, Wake’s Jim Grobe is feeling more than his share of heat following a 28-12 SU run (three bowls) in 2006-08 with an 8-16 disappointment (no bowls) the last two seasons.

And though Grobe will be looking to make up for a dismal three-win campaign in 2010, it won’t be easy.

Reports of two major losses from a defense that slipped nearly 50 YPG last year have been confirmed: starting DE Kevin Smith (dismissed for off-field violations) and starting CB Kevin Johnson (academics) are out for the season.

On the bright side, however, the Deacs return the most lettermen of all ACC teams in 2011 – a whopping 58, including 16 starters (sans Smith and Johnson, of course). Further incentive comes in the form of Wake’s 7-1 SU mark versus Big East opponents.

The ‘Cuse is well on its way to burying the stench of the disastrous Greg Robinson regime thanks to the efforts of third-year coach Doug Marrone (Orange went 8-5 last betting season and edged Kansas State in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl).

Syracure is -7 point favorites against Wake Forest at BetOnline sportsbook and the total is set at 49½.

But even though the program that produced such greats as Jim Brown and Ernie Davis looks to be regaining respectability, we’re not quite ready to open our wallets in their behalf tonight.

Not only has Syracuse failed to cover the number in all five previous weekday appearances, the Carrier Domers were made home chalk three times in last year’s bowl season – and they lost all three games outright. Simply put, we think the Orange will be happy squeezing out a win here… and that’s not enough ‘pulp’ for our liking.

Note: watch this line; should it rise to double digits by game time, the visitors bring an outstanding 10-1 ATS record as non-conference road dogs of 10+ points.

BetOnline.com

 
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