If only Syracuse was good like it was the 90's again.
After a humiliating loss to Pittsburgh at home on Homecoming, Syracuse now turns around to go on the road and take on the Mountaineers of West Virginia, a team that has beaten Syracuse eight times in a row. Oh and they are also currently ranked 20th. No big deal right?
Syracuse had a bad game last week. Their talent is higher than what they displayed on the field. Ryan Nassib has proved a skilled quarterback and has shown excellent decision making and passing ability all year, save for the last game. Similarly the Syracuse defense has been stout all season, and should have been tougher against Pittsburgh. Again, I honestly chalk it up to a bad day on the field. However, Syracuse is playing what I consider, and the voters consider, the best team in the league, that has shown the most consistency over the season so far. But make no mistake, West Virginia is far more talented than Syracuse. They boast the best defense in the league, they have a major target in WR Jock Sanders, and they have proven Orange killer RB Noel Devine. Additionally, WR Tavon Austin leads the Mountaineers in reception yards, and rookie QB Geno Smith has proved an excellent passer and may be better than his predecessor. All in all, this team has a great offense and a great defense. It just needs a great coach and who knows how good the Mountaineers could be, especially this season. Either way, I wish I could say that Syracuse could put up a fight here, but I just don't see how they could against WVU. This is the one team I knew Syracuse couldn't beat all year. Pittsburgh gave us hope, but there is none against this tough team. Can we even call this a rivalry game anymore? A rivalry implies we win this game once in a while. Either way, look for Syracuse to lose, as expected 38 to 17.
This game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN 2 at 12:00pm. While everyone in the country can watch our game, it will not be a good one for Syracuse fans to check out. This team is getting better, but West Virginia is just too good for us. So really, this game will not be so bad because we aren't supposed to win this one anyway. Try and have a good Saturday. A much more winable game awaits next week.