Syracuse 24, Penn State 14- With each team breaking in new quarterbacks and other spots on offense I expect the defenses to reign on Saturday. To me, the difference is Syracuse has a senior center in Macky MacPherson that is extremely intelligent and can read blitzes. Penn State is breaking in a brand new center. Donâ??t underestimate how important that will be.
Northwestern 30, Syracuse 14- Northwestern is good. Very good. And this game is there. It doesnâ??t mean Syracuse canâ??t win, I just see those 19 returning starters from last year and wonder just how far Northwestern can go this year.
Syracuse 38, Wagner 7- Do I need an explanation on this one? In case I do, I see this one as a real chance for all the aforementioned newcomers to work out any kinks they may have.
Syracuse 34, Tulane 17- A game Syracuse should, and will win. But as we saw in 2011, Tulane will make sure SU needs to stay focused to win. Is it bad that I learned on NCAA Football 2014 that the Green Wave has Joe Montanaâ??s son at quarterback?
Clemson 28, Syracuse 21- This game has all the makings of West Virginia in 2011 or Louisville in 2012. In those games though, I predicted SU losses in August, so hereâ??s hoping it works again. Clemson is absolutely loaded in talent, but as we know, the Carrier Dome can be a great equalizer when itâ??s packed.
Syracuse 17, NC State 13- The Wolfpack has a lot of holes to fill too. Youâ??d think by October 12th those guys will be in stride. But so will Smith and Gulley and the Orange Crush defense.
Georgia Tech 35, Syracuse 24- This game will be a tough one in Atlanta. Iâ??m very eager to watch the Shafer/Bullough defense tangle with Paul Johnsonâ??s option attack.
Wake Forest 24, Syracuse 23- Syracuse can and very much could win this game. I picked Wake for two reasons- #1 I didnâ??t want to sound too much like a homer picking four wins out of five in November. #2 I remember sitting there at ACC Media Day in Greensboro saying to myself "That guyâ??s back too?!" Tanner Price and Michael Campanaro lead the Demon Deacon attack, but the Deacs have been known to fizzle out later on in the season. In a lot of ways I do think SU will win this one.
Syracuse 27, Maryland 16- Randy Edsall does have the Terps on the right track. But that track will be completely thrown away when they join the Big 10. SUâ??s experienced and deep secondary helps contain Stefon Diggs and the Orange wins in comfortable fashion.
Florida State 35, Syracuse 14- My co-host for the Orange Zone Damien Rhodes says the Florida State Doak Walker Stadium atmosphere was incredible when he played there as a senior in 2005. The Seminoles obviously, are always among the most athletic teams in America.
Syracuse 17, Pittsburgh 9- Itâ??s about time Syracuse beat these guys twice in a row. Pitt starting quarterback Tom Savage was absolutely lit up by Shaferâ??s defense as a true freshman in 2009. That day he was Rutgersâ?? quarterback and sacked 10.5 times. Ouch.
Syracuse 43, Boston College 17- Die-Hard Orange fans may realize Iâ??m paying a bit of homage to that wonderful (for SU fans) game in 2004 when SU denied BC access to the BCS in their final Big East campaign. On this day though, I donâ??t think the Orange will need another iron-man Diamond Ferri to beat the Eagles.
MILITARY BOWL: Syracuse 21, Marshall 13
Am I getting way ahead of myself? Maybe. But this bowl is a likely fit for a 7-5 Orange team. Marshall, geographically speaking makes sense and could be eligible out of Conference USA. Donâ??t rule out the ADVOCARE100 Bowl (Formerly the Independence Bowl) for SU either.
Final numbers: Syracuse: 8-5, 4-4 in ACC
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