0 Comments Published on 11.07.2014 by Brian Harrison
I really hate Duke. Not G'town hate. But it's hate.
Syracuse is in a bad place. Coming off a game they should have dominated, they ended up losing to NC State, a team that had not won an ACC conference game in some time. Now Duke, a ranked team, will be in the Dome for the Class of '15's final game. Great.
Syracuse isn't winning this game. The offense is just bad. Not only that, but they are now starting freshman QB Austin Wilson, making his first start for the Orange after some less than impressive time on the field in the FSU game. I have every confidence that the defense will do the best they can, but still give up about three touchdowns. The offense on the other hand... well let's just say they'll be lucky if they find the end zone. Special teams might help, and surely the defense will get a turnover or two. But either the offense will also give the ball back, or they just won't be able to consistently sustain drives and get into the end zone. Duke receivers are pretty good and that will be good enough for them to beat Syracuse. I'm thinking they win 27 to 9.
NC State Report Card (for posterity purposes): Offense D-, Defense B, Special Teams B, Coaching D, GPA C- (1.93).
Syracuse has their final home game this year, so thanks to the seniors. You had a hell of a run. I'd like to think they can play inspired and give Duke a run, but I have zero faith in the offense now. Which is a shame. This team could have made a Bowl Game, and really there is a possibility they still do if they win out, but I don't see that happening. It's unfortunate but the truth. Syracuse plays at 12:30pm tomorrow and will be broadcast regionally. Broadcast affiliates are listed here. If the game isn't on TV in your area, it will be available on WatchESPN. Blackout map here. Not sure if John will be in the Dome or at home. I'll be watching. Mostly. Join us for all the fun online, won't you?