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Syracuse and Louisville both won their season openers, and by large margins. But for as electric and fast as Syracuse was, Louisville was able to drop 70 on Charlotte. So it's clear that in Friday night's ACC opener for both teams in the Carrier Dome, we're going to see offense. A lot of offense.
In game one, the Orange played what Dino Babers thought was an extremely slow version of its fast offense. He expects it to be faster. Louisville has been practicing with its defense being ready for a play every 16 seconds. Fair to say that Lousville is a more talented team than Colgate, so don't expect Syracuse to have as easy of a go of it this time around. But I also see Eric Dungey having the same sort of success throwing the ball to the several talented receivers he has at his disposal. Unlike against Colgate, look for the Orange offensive attack to be more balanced; getting some ground success with an up-tempo offense could really open the field up for some huge passing plays for Syracuse.
On the other side, Louisville has proved that its offense is a force to be reckoned with. The Syracuse defense showed great determination last week after giving up the early touchdown but then pitching a shutout the rest of the game. But against the #13/15 Cardinals, they've got their work cut out for them. Key to that effort will be containing QB Lamar Jackson, who last week connected on 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards, but also poses a scrambling threat having rushed 11 times for 119 yards. For Syracuse to have a shot in this one, they'll have to create some turnovers, take away scoring opportunities from Louisville. Plus, the Orange basically have to score on every single possession it has. Particularly in the Red Zone, those drives need to end with TDs, not FGs like they did last week. It should be an exciting game, but I see Syracuse falling short to a better Louisville team, 53-38.
This game is available on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 8pm EDT, and is the only FBS matchup Friday night other than Maryland vs. Florida International, so we'll "literally" have the entire college football world looking at us. I'll be in the Dome as part of the Orange-out (because I always wear orange to football games) so follow along on twitter @jbren or on Snapchat and Instagram at jbren218. Brian is in Hawaii on vacation and hopefully doesn't decide to experience a 2pm Friday football game in lieu of sunny beaches and frozen adult beverages.