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Pittsburgh Quick Predictions

Pittsburgh: where kids get bussed from a terrible campus to a stadium that isn't theirs.

Syracuse, coming off one of the worst weeks in recent memory for things off the field, now enters #13 Pittsburgh in their first road games after a six game home stand. Syracuse will look to make it respectable and show that this team will respond under pressure, under manned, and underappreciated. Sadly, Syracuse will probably not fare so well in the Steel City.

Syracuse will be facing a very talented team in Pittsburgh. With only one loss on the year, Pittsburgh is undefeated in conference play, including an absolute beat down of USF two weeks ago. Pittsburgh is coming off a bye week, so this will be a team that is sharp and well rested, ready to defend their home turf. Fifth year senior QB Bill Stull (132/196, 1654yds, 16 TD, 4 INT) is having a very good year under center. Similarly, so is freshman RB Dion Lewis (185att, 1029yds, 5.6avg, 11 TD), who with only 36 more attempts has almost doubled the yards that Delone Carter has earned for Syracuse. Finally, Pittsburgh’s top receiver in sophomore WR Jonathan Baldwin (34rec, 693yds, 20.4avg, 4 TD) is an excellent target and is talented in gaining yards after a catch. With Syracuse’s soft secondary, he may have a career day. Meanwhile Syracuse is in trouble after a slight QB controversy in which Greg Paulus was booed by the home fans in the Carrier Dome. He additionally had trouble converting third downs and provided a costly interception in the end zone last Saturday. Delone Carter was only able to rack up 50 yards against a pretty good Cincinnati defense. Finally, oh yeah, our best receiver Mike Williams has left the team. There are also several suspensions resulting from the same incident. Syracuse is in big trouble against a team that averages 399.4 yards per game and 34.3 points per game, good enough for 16th in the NCAA. While this may not be a blood bath (although it easily could be), you’ll want to probably watch this game with several alcoholic beverages and close friends on hand for support. Syracuse has never really played well in Hines Field, and that trend should continue this year. The team is simply not as talented as Pittsburgh, it is just that simple. Pending some absolute miracle by all Syracuse players and coaches involved, this one will not be pretty, and will end up giving Pittsburgh another Big East win. Pittsburgh over Syracuse 37 to 13.

I’ll be off the grid this weekend, taking advantage of the away game to do some traveling to places not named Syracuse, therefore I probably won’t be involved in our usual hashtag games, nor will you hear much from me during the game. But I’ll be watching somewhere. John will take care of the crying child or children with puppies should something unexpected happen. You can watch on ESPN U at 12:00pm this Saturday, if you dare. Although it isn’t Halloween anymore, you may still find it frightening enough to hide behind a pillow, as this team will be a shell shocked version of its former self, if only for one game.

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