Staten Island actually has schools?
The Orange started their season 0-2, playing two Big Ten teams in their first two games. Now they get a bit of a reprieve as they play their first home game. It also happens to be against an FCS team. So that's nice, right?
Syracuse's biggest story during the week has been what the quarterback situation for Syracuse will look like on Saturday. While Drew Allen has apparently still retained starter status for the game, Tarrel Hunt should get into the game, possibly as early as the second series. While the receivers have looked good, really the run game and the quarterback play has been underwhelming. The good news is that Wagner should be undersized and allow Smith and PTG to run wild. That should take some pressure off of both Allen and Hunt. If Allen struggles in this game it will be a clear sign that Hunt should be the starter next weekend. Wagner shouldn't be too hard to beat, but they do have a bright spot in their running attack. The secondary should get a much needed break as Wagner will run first and pass second. The secondary should be able to make a couple of nice plays and not let receivers beat them as they did last weekend. This is a week to solidify coverage and be able to gain confidence. Other FCS teams have surprised in the last couple of weeks, but this is not one of them. Syracuse wins their home opener 34 to 10.
This game will be available online on Watch ESPN / ESPN 3 only at 4:00pm. Both John and I are making the trip to the Dome so Twitter coverage will be sparse but enjoyable as always. At least a nice 4:00pm start is the cure for lack of tailgating in your life. The weather should be perfect.