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Editor's Note: Usually predictions go out on Fridays but will be out of town for a wedding, so therefore enjoy my preview/predictions a day early.
Syracuse is coming off a huge upset victory over #20 West Virginia on the road. The last time that happened earlier this year at USF, Syracuse turned around and got smashed at home. That should not happen this time.
The big news of this week is QB Zach Collaros is injured on his knee and has been seen on crutches and has practiced limitedly this week. Collaros is the best QB in the league right now, so this would be a huge blow to their offense. Chazz Anderson is his backup, and while he has had some success and is 2-0 in starts in his career, he is not Collaros. This provides a huge opportunity for Syracuse's defense to again be dominant. Additionally, Cincy's defense let USF pass all over them. Ryan Nassib, if given proper protection at the line, should be able to do some more prolific things in the passing game this week, not having to rely solely on Carter and the running game to open up the offense. Cincinnati's defense is not that good, and it is by no means as good as West Virginia's last week, so this should be a fine opportunity for Syracuse to move the ball and put points on the board. I think this game will probably be as simple as that. If Collaros plays it will be interesting to see what Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer dials up against the Cincy offense. If he doesn't play, it will again be interesting to see what Syracuse will do. Either way, I expect Syracuse to win a close game. Look for Syracuse to win over Cincinnati 17 to 13.
This game will again be nationally televised, this time on ESPN U. Again this should be a fun one. It is Cincinnati's Homecoming, so Syracuse will look to be 3-0 on the road versus homecoming teams. Very interesting.