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Akron Quick Predictions

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After a much needed bye week, Syracuse looks to retake the field in the Carrier Dome this Saturday afternoon. And against the Zips no less. A team that beat Syracuse in the Greg Robinson era just a year ago. It was sad then, but it would be sadder now.

Akron enters the game having one lowly win over Morgan State and that's it. And man, they have problems. Too numerous to mention. I’ll just stick to the statistics. Their quarterback, who has only played two games, is Patrick Nicely (hehe P. Nicely). He only had 298 yards, 0 TD, and 2 INT on the year. Their RB getting the most calls last week was DeVoe Torrence (13car, 90yds, 0 TD), who had an alright day carrying the ball, but failed to reach the end zone. He happens to have zero TD’s on the year. Moral of the story, this Akron team may have several of the players they did last year in a team that beat Syracuse, but this team seems to not be able to produce on the field this year. Syracuse is a more talented team and has more talented players in virtually every position. This should be a game that Syracuse handles well. Although there are shifts to the Syracuse offensive line, Delone Carter should have a nice day rushing and might eclipse his season best. Additionally Greg Paulus should have no trouble passing on this Akron defense as long as he effectively checks down to other receivers that could be open past his primary target in any given play. Also expect to see Ryan Nassib come in and take several snaps by virtue of him being mixed in or the fact we are up so much. Either way, expect a big day from Williams, Carter, and the Syracuse offense as a whole. Syracuse could get burned on some long pass attempts, but SU’s offense will have a productive day and should win this one handily. Syracuse over Akron (in sadly a revenge game) 37 to 13.

As always, I and Orange::44 Correspondent John Brennan will be on hand and on twitter (@BH_Orange44 and @JBren respectively). Tune into the game if you can on Time Warner Cable Sports or ESPN360 at 3:30pm. This should be the easiest game Syracuse will play this season, despite playing Maine, so you should see some good highlights from this one. New BlogPoll ballot and postgame reactions should be out Monday. Stay tuned for the usual #BeatAkron nonsense as well.

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