Can Syracuse win their first ACC road game, like they did the Big East?
The Orange are coming off a tough week, after losing at home to #3 Clemson. While you can't blame how they performed against such a talented team, the true test for Terrel Hunt and company will be how they can handle one of the ACC's winable games?
Syracuse heads down to Raleigh to play a bit of an erratic Wolfpack team. I say that because, while they have a good chunk of talent on paper, they lost to a mediocre Wake Forest team. This seems like a complete toss up game. Both offenses are very capable of moving the ball, but get more done on the ground then in the air. Both defenses are capable of stopping other teams other than Clemson. Both teams will advance the ball on offense and score. And both defenses will create some stops. The team that wins will be the team that wins the turnover battle, and also create big plays on special teams. If Syracuse can cause turnovers, like the two picks they had on Tahj Boyd last weekend, they will probably end up winning. If they can't, Syracuse is in for a long day in North Carolina. SU has never beaten NC State ever. Syracuse has also never won an ACC Conference road game. John predicted Syracuse would win this game in his season preview. I said we would lose. He's sticking by that, and made the trip down to Raleigh, while I'll stick to my prediction that we'll have to wait until next season to beat NC State. I think Syracuse loses a close one. The Wolfpack over the Orange 38 to 31.
This game is at 3:30pm on the ACC regional network. You can find out what channel the game will be on here. It will also be available nationally on ESPN 3, as long as you aren't blacked out. You can see the blackout map here. A special note for my viewing area of Massachusetts. The game will be carried on NESN+ due to Bruins coverage locally on the regular NESN channel. John, as I said, is down at the game so he'll be providing some local color. I'll be at another school's game so you won't hear much from me during the game, but we'll have the report card out a little quicker this week. Either way, enjoy the game and perhaps Syracuse can surprise this weekend.