Through 3 Quarters

The Syracuse Orange were expected to take an ‘L’ in this one, but so far it isn’t playing out to script. They have emerged as the frontrunner after three quarters and are ahead of the Liberty Flames 21-14. RB Sean Tucker has led the way so far for the Orange, as he has rushed for one TD and 141 yards on 22 carries.

With five sacks, the Syracuse defense has been a true menace for Liberty’s offensive line. We’ll see how many sacks ‘Cuse can scare up the rest of the game.

Who’s Playing

Liberty @ Syracuse

Current Records: Liberty 3-0; Syracuse 2-1

What to Know

The Liberty Flames will take on the Syracuse Orange at 8 p.m. ET Friday at Carrier Dome. Both teams are sauntering into the matchup backed by comfortable wins in their prior games.

Everything went Liberty’s way against the Old Dominion Monarchs last week as they made off with a 45-17 win. The matchup was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point the Flames had established a 42-17 advantage.

Meanwhile, when you finish with 479 more yards than your opponent like ‘Cuse did last week, a favorable outcome is almost sure to follow. They claimed a resounding 62-24 victory over the Albany Great Danes at home. The win came about even with the Orange handicapping themselves with 146 penalty yards. RB Sean Tucker went supernova for ‘Cuse as he rushed for four TDs and 125 yards on 12 carries in addition to catching three passes for one TD and 126 yards. Near the top of the highlight reel was Garrett Shrader’s 71-yard TD bomb to Tucker in the second quarter.

Liberty is the favorite in this one, with an expected 6.5-point margin of victory. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (2-0), so they might be worth a quick bet.

The wins brought Liberty up to 3-0 and the Orange to 2-1. A couple stats to keep an eye on: The Flames have yet to throw a single interception. On the other end of the spectrum, ‘Cuse is 158th worst in the nation in thrown interceptions, having thrown three on the season. Their sloppiness could come back to bite them.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Carrier Dome — Syracuse, New York
  • TV: ACC Network
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $6.00

Odds

The Flames are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Orange, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 6.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

Syracuse and Liberty both have one win in their last two games.

  • Oct 17, 2020 – Liberty 38 vs. Syracuse 21
  • Aug 31, 2019 – Syracuse 24 vs. Liberty 0





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