Now is the time to be great
Coming off the bye week, there isn't much to talk about in terms of a performance last week. So this entry will be short. But let's take a look at Ryan Nassib going into the Big East slate, which starts off this Saturday with a tilt against South Florida, in Tampa, which is not in south Florida.
Syracuse and USF have very similar profiles coming into this game. Both are 3-1. Both lost the game "they were supposed to lose," while gaining wins over vastly untalented opponents. Both schools are looking for a win to start off the Big East games on the right foot.
I think this game means a lot to Ryan Nassib. After winning the praise of Head Coach Doug Marrone during the preseason, he has shown the fan base just how good he is. We've seen from Nassib something we haven't seen from a Syracuse QB is quite a while -- poise in the pocket, accurate passing, a strong arm, good decision making. So now the fan base is just as excited about our QB as Marrone is. Yet, we all have to sit here and say "Well he hasn't really played anybody." And that's true. But...
Let's not forget that Washington is a pretty good team. Remember that first quarter out there in Seattle? Nassib was brilliant. Hell, the whole team was brilliant. That is the kind of start Nassib needs to have against South Florida. Jump on them early and make them play catch up. In the two games leading into the bye week, Syracuse showed excellence in the passing game (vs. Maine) and excellence in the running attack (vs. Colgate). That excellence needs to culminate with a two-headed attack in Tampa this Saturday if the Orangemen want to fly back to New York with smiles on their faces and a 4-1 record.
Obviously the realist in me probably chooses South Florida to win this game. But this is your 2010 Big East Conference, so anything can and will happen. I'm looking at you, Rutgers.