Western Michigan Broncos (1-0) vs. Syracuse Orange (1-0)
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Syracuse Orange 9/9/2023 – As college football enters Week 2, Western Michigan will meet Syracuse for a vital matchup. Both squads have made impressive starts to their seasons, so this matchup will put both to the test and could shape how their season goes forward. Set for September 9th at 3:30 PM ET at JMA Wireless Dome with live coverage via ESP+, look out for a potential game-changer!
Western Michigan Broncos come into this game boasting an efficient rushing attack led by running back Jalen Buckley, who has already recorded 30 attempts for 194 yards at an average 6.5 average yards per rush average. Receiving-wise, Kenneth Womack has proven reliable with four receptions of 54 yards at 13.5 average yards per catch averages; although he has yet to reach the end zone this season.
In free expert NCAAF picks, Syracuse Orange have demonstrated an outstanding passing game this season, with quarterback Garrett Shrader completing 18 out of 24 pass attempts for 257 yards and running back LeQuint Allen adding 107 rushing yards from 16 attempts, averaging 6.7 yards per rush averaged across 16 attempts – the latter also accounting for one touchdown catch by Umari Hatcher who averages 26.3 yards per catch!
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Syracuse Orange Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 3:30 PM ET|
|Where:||JMA Wireless Dome|
Jack Salopek QB vs. Garrett Shrader QB
Western Michigan quarterback Jack Salopek has been both efficient and underwhelming this season, completing 18 of 26 passing attempts for 170 yards at 69.2% completion rate with an average pass attempt length of just 6.5 yards per pass attempt, often opting for shorter and safer throws. His passer rating of 129.2 shows his ability to manage games effectively without becoming involved in contests directly; this style may aid Western Michigan’s strong running game but may limit Western Michigan’s potential for big plays or quick comebacks.
Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader has been nothing short of spectacular this season. Completing 75% of his throws for 257 passing yards in just one game and with an aggressive 10.7 yards per attempt downfield approach. Boasting an efficient passer rating of 211.6, Shrader has proven both efficiency and explosiveness to turn games in one drive – giving Syracuse an advantage in quarterback matchup while adding another layer of difficulty for Western Michigan’s defense.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse Orange -2000, Total Odds: 57
Syracuse currently enjoys favorable betting odds with a spread and moneyline of -23.5 and odds for either over or under of -110 in this matchup. Western Michigan, who is considered an underdog team with a +23.5 spread and +1000 moneyline is considered as significant underdogs for this contest. Total points scored will also sit at 57 for both over and under betting markets.
Western Michigan Broncos Betting Trends
Western Michigan has enjoyed success against the spread, going 5-1 against in their last 6 games against the spread (ATS). Furthermore, 7 of their last 7 totals went under. Furthermore, Western Michigan went 4-2 SU (straight up) but were just 2-4 against during Saturday games, suggesting they often play close, low-scoring matches but struggle to cover spreads on those days.
Syracuse Orange Betting Trends
Syracuse has not enjoyed an encouraging track record against the spread, going just 2-5 ATS over their last seven games. They went 2-6 against the spread overall during that same timeframe but boast an impressive home record; going 6-2 in their last 8 home contests alone. Syracuse excels against Mid-American conference competition, boasting an 8-1 overall SU record against them.
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Syracuse Orange 9/9/2023 Betting Picks
Free Pick and Prediction: team x will win 7-3.
Considered across key players, recent form, and betting trends, Syracuse appears to have an edge, particularly when it comes to quarterback competition. But Western Michigan has shown itself adept at playing close games recently so a 23.5 point spread might seem excessive in such an encounter.
Given all of the data, my pick would be Western Michigan to cover the spread at +23.5. Their low-scoring games against Syracuse’s relatively high-scoring games, taking under 57 may also provide value.
In free expert sports picks, given both teams’ recent performances, I predict a matchup that is closer than implied by odds but ultimately in favor of Syracuse.
Free Pick and Prediction: Syracuse 31, Western Michigan 14.