Syracuse is playing for pride this week. After losing eight games in a row after winning their first three, Syracuse and BC are staying home this Bowl Season, so we're all just playing for pride in this one. Can Syracuse end the year with a win against a rival, or will Scott Shafer lose his last game in orange?
Boston College brings the best defense in the nation into the Dome. But they also bring one of the worst offenses in the country as well. Syracuse is in a fairly similar boat. Syracuse's offense is capable but not the best, while the defense typically bends a lot but doesn't break. SU's defense is far from the best though. The secondary is questionable at best. However, both teams will be starting true freshman QBs. BC's Jeff Smith is a QB that can really get things going on the ground, kind of like SU's QB. Whichever team can establish a solid running attack, as well as take care of the ball, should win the game. BC has the edge with defense, but Syracuse will have the edge at home, along with Shafer and the staff really having no tomorrow. That means some gutsy play calling and taking chances. I think this game will be close, but I'll give the edge to Shafer and the home field after Thanksgiving. I'll take the Orange over BC 24 to 21.
This game is available regionally at 12:30pm. Check your local listings here. As always, for those not blacked out, the game is available on WatchESPN. The Orange::44 staff will be in the Dome tomorrow. And after 60 minutes, no matter the results, we'll be giving Scott Shafer a standing ovation for what he has done and tried to do for the program. We wish Scott well. Mercifully this season comes to a close though. And as always, GO ORANGE! For Boston, for Boston...