The only thing photoshopped is the football.
Syracuse won their Big East opener at home against Pittsburgh last Friday. Now they head on the road to Rutgers as they take on a ranked Scarlet Knights team that is undefeated. What will happen?
Rutgers is a team that gets it done on the ground. The Big East's leading rusher is Jawan Jamison, with over 600 rushing yards. But that's not to say that RU's QB Gary Nova has been a slouch either. He had a great day against UConn. Then again, who couldn't against UConn at this point. Anyway, Syracuse is ripe with confidence after taking down Pittsburgh a week ago and after not scoring a point after the first quarter. The Syracuse defense managed to hold another stud rusher in the league to close to 60 yards. If Jamison can spring loose of the Syracuse run stop on a consistent basis, Syracuse will lose, and probably lose badly. Honestly, I see Rutgers having the kind of game Pittsburgh had against Syracuse. Nova will make 3rd down conversion, but Jamison will be hung up. The question is if Syracuse can again score more points. Throwing picks in the end zone will not help. Playing a turnover free game is the only thing Syracuse can do. And keeping the chains moving through smarter play selections and quarterback protection. Both secondaries can be broken down by these quarterbacks. The team that wins will be the team that's secondary makes the timely play or stop. I think the odds are it will be Rutgers' secondary that has that kind of day, despite what will probably be a valiant effort on the part of Syracuse. Being on the road I just think the chance for calamity on the part of Syracuse is raised. Therefore, pending a perfect offensive effort I think Syracuse falls short in this one. I'm picking Rutgers over Syracuse 24 to 17.
Syracuse is playing the Big East game of the week. That means we're on regional coverage on TWCS, SNY, and ESPN 3 in the nooner. I'll be out of the home office so that means it's a grab bag as to what John and I will be doing during this thing. But either way, it's Rutgers fans that lose. They probably either live in New Jersey or went to Rutgers. Maybe both. All awful.