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Syracuse is coming off a terrible defensive performance versus Southern California. But that's alright. It's USC. Now Syracuse is playing Toledo. But will the defense show up to this one?
Toledo rolls with a dual-headed quarterback situation. The names are interchangeable but they have combined for 826 yards and 8 scores. Not too shabby. Toledo's offense is more efficient in converting third downs and they earn more yards. However, Syracuse's defense is also better. Toledo allows more yards through the air than Syracuse, and despite Chandler Jones still being out, Toledo is also missing a starter in the linebacker core. Antwon Bailey should have a pretty decent day, eating up yards for Syracuse. Both teams have solid offensive lines, so the key in this game is who's defense can attack the quarterback. If both teams have time to pass the ball, this game could erupt into an air show. Be specifically on the look out for Eric Page on Toledo, the favorite target for either quarterback. If the secondary lets him spring free on big plays Syracuse is in trouble. The secondary really needs to step up today. Pressure on the quarterback and winning the turnover battle is necessary for Syracuse to ice this game. I think this game will be close, but you should see Syracuse pull away in the fourth quarter again. Look for big days from Nassib and Bailey as I said, but this game will probably be tight. Syracuse pulls off the win though, 31 to 24.
This game can be seen nationwide on ESPN 3, or locally on Time Warner Cable Sports and SNY starting at 12:00pm on Saturday. Depending on the crowd as always look for John and I on Twitter. And check back her for postgame coverage Sunday and early next week. Enjoy your weekend folks. Rutgers and Big East play is up after this one.