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Akron Quick Predictions

Delone Carter is ready to be the hometown hero.

Editor’s Note: Previous game previews have featured the logo of that particular opposing team. This year we will display the #BeatWhoever picture created by Hoya Suxa. Enjoy.

Syracuse begins their 2010 football campaign on the road, and they head to play a team that Syracuse dismantled last season in the Carrier Dome. However, sadly Syracuse is 1-1 versus Akron the past two seasons. But this is an all important opening game for the Orange, so will they react accordingly?

Syracuse starts QB Ryan Nassib (36/68, 422yds, 3 TD, 1 INT, sacked 7 times) who takes over after playing second fiddle to Greg Paulus last season. RB Delone Carter (236att, 1021yds, 4.3avg, 11 TD) is also back in top shape after a frustrating off season. He is ready to work though. Both were pretty good last year, and seeing as DC3 is from Akron (and he wisely left), he wants to put on a big show. On the other side, Akron starts QB Pat Nicely (120/222, 1349yds, 6 TD, 6 INT, sacked 14 times). Last season Akron was held to 1-11 on third downs, and Syracuse’s defense is probably a little better this year than last year. Akron does not have a very credible run threat, so if Akron is going to win this game it will probably be through the air. As we know, Syracuse does not have the best secondary, but they were able to contain the Zips last season. Akron is also using a brand new offense that is a pro-style. I can only imagine how well this will work out for a team that is picked to finish near the bottom of the MAC. On defense, Akron has seven starters back and run defense should be improved from last season. However the secondary is very vulnerable for this team. If Ryan Nassib’s arm looks as strong as it has seemed in training camp, Syracuse should get some work done in the air. This is a very winnable game for Syracuse and all but some homer Akron people are predicting a Syracuse victory. I’m in agreement with the masses. Syracuse should win this one handily out in Ohio. I’m picking the Orange to start the 2010 campaign off right by winning over Akron 37 to 20.

After all the rigamarole of if you could see the game this weekend it seems like you still need to have a stolen ESPN 3 login. This game only appears on the internets thanks to ESPN and although Time Warner and Disney have reached a deal, ESPN 3 will still not be available this weekend. I’ve managed to find a way to watch and I would love to share, but you know how that story ends. You can, as always, follow the game with me and Orange::44 Correspondent John Brennan on the Twitter @BH_Orange44 and @JBren respectively. We’ll be back Monday with our postgame reactions. Hopefully the grand Orange::44 tradition of miserable children will be put on hold.

UPDATE: It was just announced Time Warner Cable and ESPN have reached a deal to bring the Syracuse v. Akron game to Time Warner Cable Sports at 6:00pm. This will be available in all TW viewing areas. Check your local listings. For the rest of you outside of Time Warner, you will still have to view the game on ESPN 3, if at all. The complete information on the deal is here.

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