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Colgate Quick Predictions

Sorry Colgate, this isn't 1950.

Although not a sexy game by any means, there is a little bit of Upstate New York pride involved in this week’s game. A mere half hour away, Colgate looks to cause a huge upset in the cozy confines of the Carrier Dome. Meanwhile, they are probably also thinking “football indoors?” Either way, this should be an easy one for the home team.

Syracuse messed around for basically the entire first half against Maine so I’m inclined to believe that against an even easier FCS team Syracuse will put the pedal to the floor early in this one. And they should be able to. After a record 5 TD performance last weekend Ryan Nassib is riding high on confidence. Aaron Weaver who? The hidden star was TE, but really WR Nick Provo, who got open and caught the ball five times for 85 yards and a TD. And Syracuse’s defense did a nice job in holding Maine to only 14 points. But Colgate’s offense is even worse. They are most assuredly a running team, with their running back averaging 29 carries after two games, and two touchdowns on the year. Their quarterback ran the same amount in their last game, 14 times, as passes attempted. He was 6/14 last week against Furman, and he only racked up 51 yards with no touchdowns and one interceptions. Only one Colgate receiver, Doug Rosnick, has a touchdown on the year. He earned 103 reception yards in Colgate’s first game, but only had 25 last week against Furman. I guarantee Syracuse’s defense is better than Furman. Especially the fact that Syracuse has a far better rush defense than their passing, and Colgate is a rush first team with far better athletes, this should be an even bigger bloodbath than the Maine game ended up to be, and it should happen a lot sooner. Look for Syracuse to roll over Colgate 45 to seven.

Syracuse will be kicking off at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon and you can watch this game on ESPN 3, or on Time Warner Cable Sports in the NY area. I’ll do my best to provide updates via Twitter, but last week the cell reception / Carrier Dome wifi was spotty at best. Either way, hopefully you can see this one, because it will be the easiest game Syracuse will face this season, and it should be a laser show for Nassib again. To learn more about this rivalry game renewed, check out the origins of the Hoodoo here.

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