Another home win would be nice.
Syracuse got smoked last week. Avoiding that again would be key to everyone's health and happiness. But winning this week would be even better. Can Syracuse stun another ACC squad?
Eric Dungey is out. Concussed after going up against Clemson down south, Syracuse hasn't announced yet which backup QB will be playing. But they won't be as good as Dungey, especially on the ground, making plays with his legs. That being said, it isn't like NC State is setting the world on fire with their offense either (thanks George McDonald). They sadly broke Boston College's winless streak, by allowing the Eagles to beat them. For shame. So it comes down to can Syracuse make plays of offense? We know Etta-Tawo will be ready, but can Syracuse's QB put the ball in a place where he can catch it? If Syracuse is able to move the ball and score, Syracuse can win this game. However, there are just too many questions unanswered in regards to the Orange. And frankly, if we knew the Syracuse kicking game was very solid, I'd have a little more faith, but Cole Murphy has been too spotty this season for me to feel very confident in this game without our starting QB. I'll pick NC State, by a slim margin 24 to 17.
This game is available regionally at 12:30pm. Check your local listings here, and the blackout map for WatchESPN here. And the game is available on TheACC.com here. I hope Syracuse can pull out a win and get one game closer to a Bowl Bid, but it just seems like too many cards are stacked against them. John is in the Dome, and I'll be in the home office today without a game of my own. So giddy up and Go Orange!