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Time to open up another season.
Another college football season is underway. And your Syracuse Orange begin their 2015 campaign tonight via the internet. So it's time for the first preview of the season. Giddy up!
URI comes in after a disastrous 2014 season. More than Syracuse. URI only won one game. Syracuse fared slightly better, but considering Syracuse plays the likes of Clemson and Florida State, not sure they are as close as you might think. However the Syracuse offense was bad enough last year that maybe Rhody would have a good chance at the upset. But Terrel Hunt is back with a new offense that should be capable of scoring this season. They also have a nice stable of running backs, which is a priority for Syracuse this season. Pounding the ball, but taking calculated shots down the field will be a refreshing change from bubble screen after bubble screen and then a run up the gut from shotgun. Rhode Island will have a new starting QB, and their best player is their kick returner. Syracuse could get blown up from a Special Teams point, but kicking it deep enough to keep getting touchbacks should help. Syracuse and URI might keep it close in the first half as URI pulls every trick, and Syracuse is playing offense against a real opposing team for the first time. However, Syracuse should easily pull away in the second half, and give Syracuse a nice season opening victory. Of course, that's all pending any punches being thrown. Either way, I'll take Syracuse 34 to 17.
This game will be available for most of you via ESPN 3 / WatchESPN. A few people in New York will be able to watch on Time Warner Cable. The game is at 7:00pm tonight. Should be a fun Friday Night in the Dome. For those going enjoy. For those not, enjoy the ESPN 3 frustration and delay. John is in the Dome tonight (@JBren). Sadly I can't watch live tonight, but stay tuned all season with me as well (@BH_Orange44). And if you're new or need a refresher, a nice primer of traditions and rules you should live by are below. We're lawyers. We like rules. And as a reminder, we were the first Syracuse blog on the internet. We chronicle the daily disaster that is Syracuse University Athletics. If we don't do it, Nunes/Magician probably will.
  • The Orange::44 Legislation Project Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. (Part 1 is MOST important)
  • The Unofficial Rules of Syracuse Fandom (here). For the freshmen and those that need a refresher, AKA don't be a drunk asshole and DON'T BUY A WHITE BASKETBALL JERSEY.
  • John's tips to ready yourself for the season (here).

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