Editor’s Note: This is part three of an eight part series giving analysis of each of the eight teams in the Big East Football Conference, proceeding alphabetically, but ending with Syracuse. Two new teams will be released each weekday for the next four days, leading up to the start of the Syracuse Football season. Feel free to use the comment section to supplement the facts and analysis presented, however the opinions will stand. Enjoy and I hope you are looking forward to the new Big East football season as much as I am. Part 2 can be found here.
Preview – Louisville has a brand new Head Coach in Charlie Strong, along with a brand new offense and a lot of questions. QB Adam Froman (111/185, 1354yds, 6 TD, 5 INT, sacked 20 times) returns, but apparently has some stiff competition from his backup. Either way Froman wasn’t exactly effective in 2009 and he or his counterpart probably won’t be that effective this year. RB Victor Anderson (89car, 473yds, 5.3avg, 5 TD) has been injured all spring and there are questions as to how he will perform this fall. The defensive line is pretty weak, and the linebackers are alright, but certainly nothing too special. This team has some major questions heading into this season and it looks like they are in for a rough go of it this year.
Key Returning Players – WR Doug Beaumont, QB Adam Froman, C Mario Benavides
Key Losses – LB John Dempsey, WR Scott Long, WR Trent Guy
My Thoughts – Louisville is in my mind, without question, the worst team in the league. How anyone could put them higher than Syracuse on a preseason list is beyond me. They should finish last in the conference unless some major lucky breaks or sheer shocking surprises occur. It will be a rough year for Card fans.
Will We Beat Them – In the Carrier Dome it should be a Syracuse win of the highest order. No terrible field conditions will hamper Syracuse’s offense like it did in Louisville last year, and the secondary may allow some big plays but they shouldn’t collapse like they did at the end of last years contest. Syracuse will win this one and earn a much needed Big East Conference win.
Labels: 2010 Big East Football Prospectus, Big East, Football