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Should Syracuse Be Double-Digit Favorites Over CMU?

There was renewed optimism in Syracuse after the opening night blowout over Central Connecticut State. The Orange seemed to move the ball at will, and hung a 50-burger at the Dome. However, after a dreadful loss to Middle Tennessee State last weekend, the question is should SU actually be huge favorites in this game?

On paper, some fans will simply look at CMU as a “directional school” out of the MAC and assume the Orange will win easily. Normally, there’s better talent on the field for a Power 5 team, and home field advantage certainly helps SU. But many are overlooking that the Chippewas are 2-0, and are coming off a win over a Power 5 school.

Granted, the CMU victory came at the hands of Kansas, arguably the worst program from a major conference in the country. But the Chips also manhandled the Jayhawks, 45-27. CMU put up 24 points in the 2nd quarter alone, to jump on KU and never look back. Shane Morris threw for 5 TDs and had the best passing game of his career. The Chips found tons of space in the passing game, and were also able to out-physical the Jayhawks near the goal line. Knowing the problem SU had against MTSU last weekend, it’s a little startling to see the Orange as 10-point favorites across Vegas.

For comparison, the NFL odds this weekend only have one double-digit favorite, and that’s the Raiders (one of the best teams in the league) against the Jets (the worst). It’s not a completely accurate parallel since the NFL has more parity with only 32 teams, but the point is we can’t assume SU is double-digits better than a team that just put a beat down on a Power 5 team.

The Fizz doesn’t imagine Dino Babers will allow his troops to be overconfident coming off a bad loss, but the oddsmakers seem to be looking for suckers this weekend based on reputation alone.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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