[12:02 PM] Notre Dame @ Syracuse

Who will WIN this matchup?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-3)

@ Syracuse Orange (2-2)


Current odds:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish: (-400)

Syracuse Orange: (+330)


ESPN simulations have Notre Dame as XX% favorites to win the game.

Notre Dame is 0-0 as a road team, 0-0 as an underdog and 0-0 as a road underdog.

Syracuse is 0-0 as a home team, 0-0 as a favorite and 0-0 as a home favorite.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Notre Dame to win as (XX) favorites.

Notre Dame is favored by 10 points in this game.

Notre Dame has played its way out of the Top 25 and out of contention for the College Football Playoff, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was the first to fall as the blame spreads. The Fighting Irish will try to avoid a fourth loss when they face Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday.

The Orange will put pressure on that suspect Notre Dame defense through the air with wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, who caught 12 passes for a school-record 270 yards and two scores in the win over UConn. The senior’s five TDs are already more than his total of three from his first three seasons, and quarterback Eric Dungey is averaging 341.8 passing yards. Linebacker Zaire Franklin is the leader of the defense and recorded 14 tackles last week along with a tipped pass that led to an interception.

Kelly’s wrath was not confined to the defense, and quarterback DeShone Kizer was included as someone whose “standard of play is not where we want it to be for him.” Kizer, who won the starting job over Malik Zaire after a strong performance in a loss at Texas in the season opener, threw for 381 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Duke but was intercepted once and completed under 60 percent of his passes for a second straight game. Kizer is having some difficulty keeping up with a defense that is surrendering an average of 201 rushing yards.

Etta-Tawo can become the first player in Syracuse history to record 100 or more receiving yards in five straight games on Saturday.

Notre Dame LB Nyles Morgan is averaging 6.5 solo tackles.

The Fighting Irish took a 31-15 decision from the Orange at MetLife Stadium in the most recent meeting on Sept. 27, 2014.


StreakSmarts Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick