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Middle Tennessee Quick Predictions

Hello again, Scott.
Syracuse did what they needed to last week against their 1-AA opener. This week, a mid-major comes in, but it is an FBS school. And on top of that, Scott Shafer, former Syracuse Head Coach, is coming in as Defensive Coordinator for the Blue Raiders (the same mascot as my high school). Can Syracuse impress again?
Syracuse is favored in this game. And rightly so. Syracuse should have more talent on both sides of the ball. Syracuse was able to stop the run last week from CConn, and the same thing should happen this week, as MTSU couldn't get anything going on the ground in their opener against Vanderbilt. That will make MTSU a bit one dimensional on offense. However, MTSU is also working with a pretty green offensive line as well. Syracuse should be able to get to the QB, and we can all just hope the safeties play a decent game. On the other side of the ball, Shafer will most likely bring the same base defense with a lot of blitz packages. Syracuse's offensive line held up well last week. They should do about the same this week. Look for Dungey to carve up some decent passing numbers again today. The biggest question will be the Special Teams play of Syracuse. They missed an XP last week, and the punt and kick returning was something to be desired. If Syracuse can lock down special teams, I think Syracuse can roll today. I like the Orange in this one, obviously. The question is by how much. I think Syracuse will do well. And while I appreciate the effort Scott Shafer gave to the Orange, and it's sad it didn't work out, Syracuse is going to put work in today. The experts are picking Syracuse by 10. I think it will be more. I'll take the Orange, 34 to 17.
This game is available internet only again at 3:30pm on WatchESPN. I'll be in the home office. John is at the game. Thanks again Scott, but sorry. GO ORANGE!

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