Syracuse football opens as 8-point home underdog against rebuilding Georgia Tech

Syracuse, N.Y. — Georgia Tech was picked to be the worst team in the ACC during the league’s preseason poll.

But the Yellow Jackets opened as eight-point favorites for their Week 3 game in the Carrier Dome, according to the betting website

The betting line reflects a horrific start to the season for Syracuse, which was predicted to finish 14th out of the 15 teams when the year began, and a relatively hopeful one for Georgia Tech, the only team predicted to be worse.

Syracuse (0-2, 0-2 ACC) has opened the season against a fairly difficult schedule but has scored just one touchdown in two games. The Orange rank last in the ACC in points scored, total offense, rushing yards, passing yards and sacks allowed.

Those were numbers that might have been expected from Georgia Tech (1-1, 1-0), a team that is just over a year removed from running the triple-option and enduring a transition that is expected to be difficult.

The Yellow Jackets finished last year with the ACC’s worst offense. While scoring will likely still be difficult at times for the Yellow Jackets, there are signs of improvement for Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech took Class of 2020 dual-threat quarterback Jeff Sims away from Florida State in a recruiting battle and he’s provided a dynamic threat at the position. The 6-foot-3 freshman is averaging 260.5 passing yards and 73 rushing yards per game, although he has also thrown four interceptions.

Georgia Tech opened the year with a 16-13 road win against Florida State before losing to Central Florida last week, 49-21. The Yellow Jackets played the game without six players, including projected starters at running back (Jordan Mason), defensive back (Tre Swilling) and defensive line (Curtis Ryans).

The school did not supply a reason for their absence so it’s unclear if they will be available this week.

The game is set for noon on Saturday in the Carrier Dome but is scheduled to be played without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be the first game under the building’s new roof.

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