Green waves must be disgusting right?
Syracuse won it's first game last weekend in convincing fashion in a 54-0 drubbing of FCS Wagner. Yes, it was against an FCS team, but it was a much needed high after taking a drubbing of their own at Northwestern the weekend before. Now Terrel Hunt is the captain of the Good Ship Orange, earning the starting spot by looking more polished and protecting the ball. Can that momentum and success continue another week?
Syracuse enters with the most confidence they've had in both their offense and defense all season. While the offense had to earn it by pounding the ball and Hunt (or whoever) making good passes, the defense were playing against undersized players and a quarterback that wasn't that good. The defense still has to prove they can stop a team that is capable of passing the ball. That will be tested with QB Nick Montana, son of that famous Joe Montana. Maybe you've heard of him. He's got an acceptable seven TDs to his two INTs. But he's been sacked 11 times on the year. If Syracuse can create pressure on the quarterback, which is possible, Syracuse could again be on the right side of the turnover margin, giving Syracuse a great chance to come away with a nice win. Create turnovers and it makes your life easier. And while Hunt may stumble by throwing his first pick of the year, you have to think that his success will continue. He's yet to really throw a bad ball. The last time Syracuse played Tulane they ran a few trick plays with some success and had a little bit of a lead on Syracuse early before Syracuse ended up pulling away. I don't see that happening to Syracuse in this game. While I think Tulane manages to score, unlike Wagner, I think Syracuse gets a lead and then slowly pulls away all game. I think Syracuse's receivers will dominate the coverage and I think Syracuse's defense will force Montana to work way to hard with only moderate success. Unless Fudge goes on a tear (H/T: Dan Lyons). Look for Syracuse to win a comfortable game. 38 to 10.
This game is available in New York on MSG +, and in my neck of the woods on NESN, at 12:30pm. You can check here for television coverage of the game everywhere. For those not blacked out (check map here) you can watch online at Watch ESPN. John will be in the Dome providing some live coverage on the Twitter, while I'll be out of the office and can't. Enjoy your Saturday and the Syracuse game, because this is probably the weakest weekend slate for college football you'll see this year.