Lemon is far better than last year. Good for us. Bad for them.
Syracuse is playing their last home game of the 2012 season. As we bid farewell to the seniors on our team, we play a very talented Louisville team making a play for a BCS bowl, the Big East Championship, and a win against Syracuse on national television. Oh goody.
In looking at the statistics for these teams, and wow they are close. However, Louisville has won all nine games they have played this year, while Syracuse is now 4-5. Louisville is also ranked 9th. These teams look very similar on the defensive side of the ball as well. Both teams give up a lot of rushing yards. Syracuse gave Cincinnati the game last weekend by letting them rush the ball, especially in the second half. Louisville gave up a season high rushing last weekend for them as well. Syracuse will most assuredly try and pound the ball at first. When Syracuse has to play from behind, that is why Nassib attempts more passes. Both QB's have 18 touchdowns on the year. This preview is simple. The quarterback that executes the best will lead his team to victory. Both secondaries and defensive lines are vulnerable. A lot of teams are picking the upset. I'm going with my gut on this one. I think Louisville has a date with destiny against Rutgers. Syracuse puts up a good fight, but then fades late in the game. Syracuse might get to six wins and a bowl game, but I'm not convinced they do it with a win against Louisville. I'm picking the Cards 38 to 24.
It's Homecoming Weekend so there should be a healthy crowd on hand. The game is free to folks with a Military ID, so no excuse for that place to not be packed. For those not able to make it to Syracuse, the game is nationally televised at noon on ABC. JBren and I will be there in person, so we can commiserate or celebrate together. Either way, it will be fun after the game.