No Hoodoo here.
Syracuse opens another new season with another new coach. This time though, Syracuse is starting with a huge advantage. Syracuse is starting with a guy who has already been a head coach. And a successful one. But will that translate to wins right off the bat?
Syracuse opens in their (now) traditional way, by playing an FCS school. This year, it's nearby Colgate, a short trip east on the New York State Thruway. While not playing very recently, Syracuse does have a long football history with the Raiders. As fun as all that is however, let's not forget Syracuse is a P5 school, and Colgate is Colgate. It would be one thing if this was App State or even maybe Villanova or Towson. But it isn't. It's Colgate. They might keep it close early, and even cause some problems with a trick play or two, but Syracuse's depth, size, and the fact that they will be playing no huddle, throwing as many offensive plays at Colgate as they can, I can see the majority of the Colgate team sucking wind in the 4th. I think Syracuse won't have to pass much tomorrow as the Running Backs will find success pounding the ball. But I think Eric Dungey will get loose and make some solid throws, including at least one home run. Defense will of course bend, and maybe bend a lot, but they shouldn't break, giving Babers a chance to see who he really wants to have on the field for Louisville. But either way, Syracuse is winning this game. And hopefully no one gets a season ending injury this time. Syracuse over 'Gate 41 to 17.
This game is available online at WatchESPN at 7:00pm. John will be in the Dome. I'll be watching somewhere, somehow. And it will be glorious either way. Because football is back.