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Syracuse was picked to finish last in their division. The main argument was that no one thought Syracuse would beat Wake Forest at Wake Forest, despite the fact they have beaten them the last 3 times. So can Syracuse earn one of the few wins left within reach of the Orange?
On paper, the SU Offense would be better than the Wake Forest Offense. Similarly, the Wake Defense is better than Syracuse. So it would have been a fun battle to see which inferior unit could make plays and stop the other team. However, that was all before the weather is going to be horrible due to a hurricane. That means that chances are it will be hard to throw the ball. So Dungey to Etta-Tawo for a big bailout play probably isn't happening today. Syracuse will have to run the ball. Dontae Strickland and Moe Neal will have to get yards. Additionally, Eric Dungey will have to make plays with his feet as well. Chances are he will complete some short throws, but essentially with the weather, the long ball is out. Unfortunately, that means field position becomes very important and special teams scoring becomes critical. Syracuse's special teams is hot garbage right now. Add weather and who knows. But that also means Wake has to deal with the weather as well. They could mess up a snap. They could throw a duck that SU picks off. So really, this game is a coin flip. Whoever has the better offensive line and special teams will win. Originally I obviously picked Syracuse in this one. However, due to the weather, I think this favors Wake because of the way SU special teams has played. So I'm take Wake Forest over Syracuse 13 to 10. But this is anyone's game due to the weather.
This game will be on regional coverage and on WatchESPN at 7:00pm. You can check the blackout map here, and what channels the game is being shown here. For those who are blacked out, the game is available on WatchESPN. Both John and I are on the West Coast at a wedding, so therefore we'll have spotty coverage at best. But we'll be watching on our phones, and will be qually as frustrated as you. Don't worry about that. Go Orange and stay safe out there, especially those affected by the weather.