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Maine Quick Predictions

It may be FCS, but the home opener is always exciting.

Syracuse beat a Maine team that headed into the Carrier Dome last season 41 to 24. This season the outcome shouldn’t be much different. But we’ll humor Maine with a preview of their team.

Maine enters the season looking about as schizophrenic as UConn basketball last year. They have only played two games, but they are polar opposites in terms of results. They lost to UAlbany 0-3 in week 1, then took care of Monmouth 31-23 last weekend. They have one really good player in RB Jared Turcotte (47att, 234yds, 5.0avg, 3 TD), and everyone else is average. They have an average quarterback, an average receiving core, and an average defense. Really Maine’s success on the day will be due to their offensive line. If they can prevent the seven up front in the Syracuse defense from getting to the quarterback Maine should have a decent day offensively. But that will probably not be the case. Syracuse’s defense is vastly better than the Maine team, and they will have their hands full with every facet of Syracuse’s game. Really, the only way that Maine was successful last season was through trickeration on special teams. Syracuse will be ready for that this year, and will also be better overall at that side of the game anyway. This one should be a bloodbath, as Maine is 5-17 and 4-15 on third down conversions in their two games of the season. This is going to be a huge Syracuse victory. The Orange should cruse to an FCS win, unlike VTech, 34 to ten.

This game is another ESPN 3 / Time Warner Cable Sports game on at 7:00pm. Good luck watching it if you can. Seeing as this is the home opener I’ll be seeing it in the highest definition available; reality. I highly suggest if you are within a reasonable driving distance from Syracuse you go and see it. As always, you can follow me (@BH_Orange44) and Orange::44 Correspondent John Brennan (@JBren) on the Twitter. If you spot us say hello.

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