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Syracuse - Miami Preview

Syracuse rekindles their rivalry with The U.
Syracuse is coming off the biggest upset of the last 30 years. It's a career changing program and a win that in theory brings about confidence, swagger, and more winning. That theory will be put into play as Syracuse now travels to Coral Gables to take on #8 Miami, the undefeated team leading the Coastal Division of the ACC. Can Syracuse earn their first back to back wins versus Top 10 teams?
Syracuse travels down to muggy Miami where Syracuse has not had the best of luck. Syracuse last played Miami in 2003, and it did not go well for the Orange. Syracuse needs to have the exact same game plan as they did against Clemson. Keep the chains moving, run a bunch of plays to tire out the Miami defense, and limit Miami big plays. It's simple. But it's easier said than done. As we know from Syracuse playing against LSU and NC State. But the good news is that Steve Ishmael is playing his best right now. If the Offensive Line continues to protect Eric Dungey, and he is able to protect the ball, Syracuse will be in a good position. The weather may be a factor in this game however. The Syracuse run game is not able to consistently move the chains, and Eric Dungey will have to make passes and occasionally run for that first down. But if there is heavy rain or bad weather, Syracuse will be at a huge disadvantage of Dungey isn't able to throw the ball up to his best ability. That being said, I think Syracuse is in a good position if Syracuse is able to keep Miami in check. Avoid penalties and turnovers, and Syracuse can make some noise. I initially picked Syracuse as losing this game before the season started for obvious reasons. And while I think the team will play well and show up, I think Miami is the best team in the ACC right now, and a lot of things will have to go Syracuse's way for them to win this game. I'm taking The U in a close battle, 30 to 27.
This game will be available nationally on ESPN / WatchESPN at 3:30pm. John will be in the home office, and I'll be around for a good chuck of this game until I have a game of my own this evening. Syracuse should play well, and possibly pull off this upset. So in classic Big East tradition, GO ORANGE! 

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