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Maine Quick Predictions

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Coming off their first win in the Doug Marrone era on a last second field goal, Syracuse now hosts 1-AA Maine tomorrow at 7:00pm. Syracuse now has the chance to become a .500 team for the first time since 2006. Now we know a win against a 1-AA team is not guaranteed, but after the clinic of offense that was put on last weekend, how could you not favor the Orange in this one.

This is a more interesting matchup than you might initially think. Yes, Maine is a 1-AA school, but they do have some talent, and as a program they have done some damage at the 1-A level before. Maine uses a two headed quarterback system with QBs Warren Smith (18/29, 212yds, 1 TD, 2 INT) and Michael Brusko (18/26, 141yds, 1 TD, 1 INT). They are not nearly as talented as quarterbacks Syracuse has faced thus far though. However, they do have a solid running back in sophomore Derrick Session (63car, 314yds, 5.0avg, 3 TD). Defensively, they have some players, and have limited their opponents to 54 points total in three games. The big matchups will be the two lines up front. Syracuse will have to get pressure on the quarterbacks like they did against Northwestern, as well as stopping the run. Similarly, the offensive line of Syracuse will have to protect Greg on the blind side, as well as open up bigger holes for Delone Carter to run though. This should be easier, as 1-AA players are typically smaller than the normal opponents Syracuse faces. However, Maine could get creative and surprise the Orange and cause some turnovers. Ball security was a problem last week, and if it is again, Syracuse will have a long day. However, this should not be the case as Marrone has worked with the team all week on it, and there should be little to stop the chemistry of Greg Paulus and Mike Williams continuing. Look for a big day for the Syracuse offense and continue this win streak to two games. Syracuse over Maine 34 to 10.

I’ll be back in Syracuse for this night cap so look for me (@BH_Orange44) and Correspondent John Brennan (@jbren) on Twitter live from the Carrier Dome. Most may not make sense though, as our tailgate starts up promptly at 2:00pm, plenty of time for my liver to marinate. This should be a very enjoyable game to watch for Syracuse fans pending some epic collapse or mistakes galore, so enjoy this one if you can.

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