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South Florida vs Syracuse Boca Raton Bowl Prediction 12/21/2023

The South Florida Bulls (6-6) face off against the Syracuse Orange (6-6) on Thursday, December 21st. This game will be played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton and televised on ESPN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Kickoff is set for 8:00 ET.

South Florida Bulls vs Syracuse Orange

The South Florida Bulls Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, South Florida matched up with Charlotte and came out on top with a 48-14 win. Heading into the 4th quarter of the game, South Florida held a 27-point lead. Against Charlotte, Byrum Brown not only threw for four touchdowns but also ran for one touchdown. He concluded with 253 passing yards and a completion rate of 73.3%.

Heading into the game South Florida was the betting favorite at 7 and picked up an ATS win. Together, the teams scored 62 points, resulting in a hit for the over.

With a 6-6 record, the South Florida Bulls take on Syracuse. Their road record so far is (2-4) and at home (3-2).

So far, South Florida has been favored four times and the underdog in seven games. This has led to an ATS record of 6-5 and an average scoring differential of -4.1. Through 12 games, the average over/under line in South Florida’s games is 62.9 points. Their games have averaged a combined 65.8 points leading to an OU record of 7-4.

The Syracuse Orange Are Coming Off A Win

Most recently, Syracuse matched up against Wake Forest and won by a score of 35-31. Against Wake Forest, Garrett Shrader not only threw for three touchdowns but also ran for one touchdown. He concluded with 173 passing yards and a completion rate of 66.7%.

Going into the game, the oddsmakers had this one as a pick em, giving Syracuse an ATS win. The team’s combined 66 points surpassed the over/under line of 43.

With a 6-6 record, the Syracuse Orange take on South Florida. Their road record so far is (1-4) and at home (4-2).

Heading into this week’s matchup with South Florida, the Orange have been favored in three games and the underdog in seven. Their ATS mark coming into the game is 4-7. So far in this season, Syracuse has posted an over/under record of 4-7. On average, their matchups have yielded a combined score of 49.2 points, with the typical over/under line set at 50.5 points.

South Florida Offense Breakdown

The Bulls come into their matchup vs. Syracuse 4th in college football at 533 rushing attempts per game. This has translated to an average of 185.2 rushing yards per game, placing them 36th nationally. Additionally, they’ve been airing it out 34.8 times each game, accumulating an average of 270.7 passing yards. In terms of scoring, they stand 44th, with 30.8 points per game.

The top passer for South Florida is Byrum Brown, who has accumulated 3078 passing yards and boasts a completion rate of 64.1%. He’s currently averaging 7.7 yards per passing attempt.

Syracuse Offense Breakdown

Syracuse enters the game on offense with an average of 25.5, ranking them 66th in the NCAA. Their passing game has them at 114th in the nation, with an average of 173.7 passing yards per game. On the ground, they’re at 35th in rushing yards, with an average of 483 rushing attempts per game this season.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader leads the team with 1686 passing yards while completing 62.6% of his passes. So far, he is averaging 7.9 yards per passing attempt.

South Florida Team Defense

On defense, South Florida comes into the game ranked 26th in passing yards per game. Opponents are throwing the ball an average of 36.8 times per contest vs. the Bulls. Overall, they are giving up 34.9 points per game, which is 145th in college football. Against the run, they are 92nd in the NCAA in rushing yards allowed.

Syracuse Team Defense

Defensively, the Orange defense has come up with 26 sacks this season and are 1st in quarterback hurries. Overall, they are allowing 23.8 points per contest (86th). Against the pass, they are 108th in the NCAA, having allowed 234.6 passing yards allowed per game. Syracuse is giving up 147.8 rushing yards per contest.

South Florida vs Syracuse Trends

  • South Florida is 2-1 ATS in their last road games.
  • At home, Syracuse has gone 0-3 against the spread (last three).
  • The Orange are 1-2 in their last three games as underdogs.
  • South Florida is 2-8 in their last ten games as the favorite.

South Florida vs Syracuse Prediction

So far, turnovers have been a problem in the passing game for Syracuse. Coming in as the away underdogs, I like South Florida to cover the spread at +3.5.

This season, South Florida’s margin against their over/under lines currently sits at +3.2. Given the over/under of 58.5, we expect this game to exceed expectations, resulting in a combined total of 59 points.

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