How about a little MACtion!
Syracuse is fresh off a bye week. And from the looks of the team in Week 1 it didn't come soon enough. Hopefully Syracuse will take the field and look much sharper than they did against FCS Villanova in their opener. And keep their starting QB in the game for the full 60 minutes.
The Central Michigan Chippewas have the privilege of taking on your Syracuse Orange this week. What looked like a pretty automatic win a few weeks ago looks like a game that could almost go either way. They won a four point victory in week 1 against FCS Chattanooga, but had a pretty large victory against Purdue in Week 2 38-17. This is a good team. Not a great team, but definitely a good team. Their best player is wide receiver Titus Davis. That plays right into the weakness of Syracuse. The Secondary is something that doesn't just bend, it definitely breaks. I don't even know why teams run the ball in the second half. They should just keep throwing it because chances are it will be complete. The Syracuse secondary is holier than the Pope. Syracuse will definitely keep the CMU running game in check though. Actually, these teams look pretty similar, mostly relying on their running game and better than average offensive lines to carry the day. Syracuse has the advantage on offense with Terrel Hunt, who is more mobile, and will certainly make big plays with his feet. Again, I think a big part of this game will come down to who turns over the ball the least. Syracuse didn't have any turnovers in their first game, but Central Michigan definitely creates them. If Syracuse can't hold onto the ball, it will make a long day even longer as Central Michigan takes their time, and a lot of clock, in moving methodically down the field. Either way, I think Hunt is the difference, fresh off a nice sit in the first game, and a bye week to think about things and get better as a leader and an offense. Syracuse will manage to bend and not break on defense this time, and the offense should look a little more dynamic having the starter back behind center for the entire game, as well as having that extra week to prepare for CMU. I like Syracuse in this one 24 to 17.
This game is available nationwide on ESPNews at 12:00pm eastern, as well as the Watch ESPN App. Both John and I will be attending my wedding, so you're on your own watching this one. I'm sure you'll be fine. As always, GO ORANGE!