It's a stretch but I actually like the pic this week.
Syracuse is 0-2. Stony Brook is 2-0. But Everything is relative when you take a look at the circumstances. Syracuse is looking for a huge home win and the first of the season. Stony Brook is looking for the biggest win in program history and a National Championship.
Stony Brook is a good to great 1-AA (FCS) team that just pushed around Division II Pace 77-7. But this is A FBS team playing FBS. Players for Syracuse will be bigger, faster, and stronger. However, the talent might be closer than Syracuse fans will want to believe. Size is the major difference however. Which bodes well for Syracuse running game, pass protection, and run stopping. Also, in one on one coverage in the secondary between smaller SBU receivers and Syracuse's pass defense. But passing is not this Stony Brook team's forte. The running game is, after running for 523 yards against Pace. But seriously, this preview writes itself. Syracuse has one of the best offenses in the nation right now (did I really just type that?). Syracuse should be highly competitive in this one and SBU should face a lot of 3rd down conversion failures. The Seawolves only attempted 7 passes in their last game after all. When you can run the ball why would you pass? I agree, but they have to against Syracuse and they haven't really had a lot of practice. Look for some success from SBU in the trickery department, but Syracuse should win this one nicely. Syracuse over SBU 34 to 10.
This game will be available locally on TWCS, SNY, anywhere Big East Regional games are shown, and ESPN 3 if you are outside of New York State at 4:00pm EST. Should be a fun one. Certainly more fun than UNH or Maine the last couple of years. I'm at the home office today, but John Brennan is on hand. As always, check out some of the tweets.