Syracuse football is projected by a range of beat writers and national journalists to go down by a large amount to North Carolina.
Syracuse football is a huge underdog to No. 18 North Carolina when the two Atlantic Coast Conference foes meet up in Chapel Hill on Saturday at noon, and if numerous experts are correct in their predictions, the Orange is in for a long afternoon.
In taking a look around the Internet, it seems the pundits are unanimous in forecasting that the Tar Heels will defeat the ‘Cuse, with a bunch of them expecting a rout. Let’s examine some of these projected scores.
Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report definitely is not high on Syracuse football in this battle, as he has UNC prevailing by an immensely wide margin, 48-13.
Pete Fiutak, writing on collegefootballnews.com, has the Tar Heels getting the job done, albeit in a tight manner. His prediction is that North Carolina will squeak by the Orange, 34-30.
Over at athlonsports.com, Kevin McGuire thinks that UNC will somewhat comfortably conquer the ‘Cuse, in a 34-17 final count.
Staff members of The Daily Orange, Syracuse University’s independent student news organization, believe that the Orange will get crushed by the Tar Heels.
Anthony Dabbundo has this duel at 41-16, Danny Emerman says the game will end at 52-24, and Adam Hillman puts the ultimate result at 48-10.
Finally, the crew at Syracuse.com is also projecting a loss for the ‘Cuse versus North Carolina. Brent Axe says 42-27, Stephen Bailey has it at 34-20, Chris Carlson is predicting 38-13, and Nate Mink is going with 28-17.
In its preview on ESPN.com of Syracuse football against the Tar Heels, UNC is slotted at a betting favorite of around 22 points, with the over/under at 65.
Because the Orange is deemed by many experts to hover near the bottom of the ACC, while the Tar Heels are viewed as a top-three team in the conference, these prognostications and betting lines aren’t tremendously surprising.
Personally, I do anticipate a setback for the ‘Cuse at the hands of North Carolina away from the Carrier Dome this Saturday, however, Syracuse football could shock some folks and keep things close throughout this contest.