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Syracuse Orange Football
The Orange are known more for their basketball team, and for good reason. Football head coach Dino Babers’ team has gone a combined 6-17 over the past two seasons, after an uncharacteristic 10-3 record in 2018.
Sportsbooks expect more of the same in 2021, with a win total of three games and the longest odds to win the ACC of any team. Look above for all of the Orange odds, as well as their results — including against the spread (ATS) — and upcoming schedule.
Syracuse Orange Point Spreads
Speaking of spread betting, Syracuse was actually profitable against the spread in 2020 despite its abysmal record, covering in six of 11 contests. This happens because spread bets take into account the expected margin of victory and not just the outright winner of a game. Here’s one example:
- Syracuse +21 (-110)
- Pittsburgh -21 (-110)
The +21 means oddsmakers expect Syracuse to lose by 21 points. To “cover” the spread, all Syracuse needs to do is lose by 20 or fewer points, or win the game. The Orange lost 21-10, making this a win for Syracuse spread bets. Pittsburgh bettors needed a win of 22 or more points; the bet would have been a tie if it landed at exactly 21 points at the final whistle.
Syracuse Orange Over/Unders
Another way to bet on the Orange is through over/unders. Often called totals, over/under bets are a popular type of bet centered around how many points are scored in the game between both teams, although single-team totals are available, too. Against Pittsburgh last year, sportsbooks set the total at 46.5, so with the 21-10 final, under bets won. Over bets would have won with any score that added up to 47 or more in this case.
Syracuse Orange Moneylines
You can also bet on Syracuse moneylines, but given the 1-10 record last year, why would you? One reason is because the payouts on moneylines aren’t the same for both teams, so it’s possible to have a losing record on moneyline bets but still be profitable (although this wasn’t the case for Syracuse).
As an example, Syracuse was a +228 underdog for its game against Georgia Tech last season, so a $100 bet would have yielded $228 in profit. If the Orange were -228 favorites, a $228 bet would yield $100 in profit. It’s helpful to think of these bets in units of $100.
Syracuse Orange Props
If betting on the entire team seems like a bad idea but you still want some skin in the game, consider player props. These are bets on a single player’s performance for the game. There’s a wide variety available, usually on offensive skill position players.
Some examples for the Orange could be RB Sean Tucker over or under on rushing yards, touchdowns or receptions.
Syracuse Orange Futures
If you think sportsbooks are unreasonably down on the Orange for the 2021 season, you could place a bet on their season win total future. A futures bet is a bet on the outcome of an entire season, including team and player performance, awards markets and more.
Some other Syracuse bets are odds to win the ACC or odds to win the national title. Since these are both highly unlikely, they’re priced like moneyline bets and would pay out in a big way if Syracuse was able to shock the world.