Syracuse Orange Host UConn Under Friday Night Lights

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Connecticut Huskies at Syracuse Orange
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10/19/2012, 8:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN
Opening Lines: Syracuse -4, O/U 43½
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Connecticut Huskies: It has been a trying season for Paul Pasqualoni troops, and equally frustrating for UConn (3-4 straight up, 1-4-2 against the spread) backers. Twice (vs. NC State, at Western Michigan) the Huskies have seen rallies fall short, and last week they moved to 0-2 in Big East play when an early 14-zip lead in Storrs vs. Temple didn't stand up.  Connecticut has dropped the cash in each of the last four games, but there is good news for anyone playing the 'under' in Husky games (5-2).  More good news comes in the form of top RB Lyle McCombs being listed as probable for Friday's kickoff after missing the Temple game with a wrist injury. McCombs rushed for 484 in UConn's first six games and scored four touchdowns.  He also led the team in rushing last season with over 1,100 yards.  The Huskies have won and covered each of the last five games in this series to take a 6-2 all-time lead over the Orange. The 'over' has been the winner in three of the last four between the teams.

Syracuse Orange: Doug Marrone and his staff will be looking for their first victory over UConn since taking the helm in '09.  Syracuse (2-4 SU, 1-5 ATS) still hasn't completely recovered from the 5-game nosedive to end the 2011 season, and the Orange enter this matchup failing to beat the number in each of their last four tilts (1-10 ATS last 11).  Turnovers have killed the Orange who have left it on the ground seven times and eight more through the air.  Ryan Nassib has thrown all eight picks, including two last week in the 23-15 loss at Rutgers who was 6½-point chalk.  Nassib has the eighth-most passing yards (1,908) in the country and will cross the 2,000 yard plateau for the third consecutive season this week, but his 137.0 passer rating is hurt by thosee INTs.  Syracuse's last three games have failed to reach the scoreboard, and the 'under' is 5-2 for UConn on the season.

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