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It is that time once again. Time when the Big East Conference members start to play each other in football. And with a seemingly wide open conference, this is the start of what could be a great season for the Orange.
Syracuse is a team that, with the exception of the Washington game, has had very slow starts. In a game that should be close, but you are still a ten point underdog, you cannot afford to have a slow start. One thing that is now slow is the running ability of QB BJ Daniels. This gentlemen, as a back up QB at the time, torched Syracuse in the Carrier Dome last season. Especially with long passes. However, that was a far better USF team. Probably because they were abused into performing by their former coach. Daniels has not had as successful of a year so far that he did last year. The overall talent of the team has fallen, and with a new offensive system in place due to a new coach, that is not too conducive to success straight out of the gate. But must like Syracuse, USF has won the games they were supposed to and have lost the games they were supposed to. And in facing Florida, a pretty tough defense, Daniels threw four picks. This is a team that is vulnerable. Ryan Nassib is playing well and has looked confident in the pocket. Delone Carter and Antwan Bailey have been an excellent running and receiving 1-2 punch as of late. The wide receivers have really come along, including the surprises of Van Chew and Nick Provo. Literally until this morning I was going to pick USF, but the more I thought about it the more I like Syracuse to pull the upset. Syracuse is hungrier and have something to prove. USF is probably already looking past this game to WVU, just like their fans are. I'm taking the Orange in this one, probably a very entertaining and close game, 24 to 17.
This game will be broadcast locally in upstate NY on Time Warner Cable Sports, and also on ESPN 3 and the ESPN Gameplan. That means you should be able to find it in your local sports bar if it is any good. I'll actually most likely miss the first quarter, but will jump in with coverage as soon as my morning plans of officiating a high school game is complete. Either way, this should be a fun one with several interesting implications on the line. Lou might be sad for his son later tomorrow.