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Cincinnati Quick Predictions

It's been a while since a top ten team came to the Dome.
The stage is set for the best team in the Big East to take on Syracuse this weekend in the Carrier Dome. The stakes have been set, and this Halloween will be full of some treats, but mostly tricks I’m afraid. Syracuse is going to have a long afternoon ahead of them.

#5/7 (BCS #8) Cincinnati enters the Carrier Dome undefeated after seven games. This team is no joke. While starting QB Tony Pike is out, the backup Zach Collaros has been just as effective. In his last game he played very well (15/17, 253yds, 3 TD, 0 INT) and should continue to lead the team effectively. He has a hell of a target to throw to in WR Mardy Gilyard (47rec, 674yds, 14.3avg, 8 TD), and a decent back to hand off to in RB Isaiah Pead (57car, 368yds, 6.5avg, 5 TD). This offense is potent and effective, averaging 458.6ypg, good enough for 7th in the NCAA. They are also 2nd in the NCAA in points, averaging 40.7ppg. Good lord. Syracuse, meanwhile, gets back their #1 target in Mike Williams (45rec, 712yds, 15.8ypc, 6 TD) fresh off a one game suspension. Additionally, after last week it is clear that WR Marcus Sales (12rec, 142yds, 11.8ypc, 3 TD) is an excellent #2 target. Don’t forget about RB Delone Carter (130car, 530yds, 4.1avg, 8 TD) fresh off a career day against Akron, rushing for 170 yards and three touchdowns. This game is going to come down to the defenses though. Syracuse’s rush defense is phenomenal. 6th in the NCAA phenomenal to be specific. But the secondary will have a lot of trouble keeping up with Gilyard and the rest of Cincy’s receivers, just like every other team Syracuse has faced. I don’t think there is any way Syracuse can stop Cincinnati on Saturday through the air. However, if Syracuse can pressure Collaros, as well as force some turnovers, Syracuse has a great chance of making the game respectable. While my head flirts with thoughts of Syracuse once again upsetting a top ten team, this is just not the Syracuse team to do it. A closer game than most expect will do wonders for the minds of the team and fans though. Either way, Cincy should roll in this one. Cincinnati over Syracuse 41 to 27.

Even though the odds are slim, don’t lose hope that an upset isn’t within our grasp. As we have learned from this season so far, anything on the field can happen. Including a shit ton of turnovers. Unfortunately, despite Syracuse’s record on October 31st, this Halloween will probably be full of nightmares for Syracuse and their fans. But if you come to the Dome this weekend for a steal of a ticket price (definitely talking to you students), you should have a good time despite what is happening on the field. Have a safe and fun Halloween, and we’ll see you on the other side. Not many tweets will be had this weekend due to our costuming up, but we’ll have our standard coverage come next week.

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