- Aug 28, 2011
Why Syracuse Will WinWell that worked.
Syracuse changed up the offense a bit, went to more of a balanced attack, and the defense came up with a terrific performance in the somewhat stunning 31-7 win over Louisville.
RB Sean Tucker is a given – he ran 21 times for 100 yards and a score – but it was QB Garrett Shader who took his game up a few notches with a brilliant 18-of-25 passing day for 236 yards and two scores, and with 94 rushing yards and a touchdown.
And UConn won’t be able to stop any of it.
The Huskies came up with a nice win over Central Connecticut last week, and it wasn’t awful in the loss to Utah State. But the defensive front is going to have a tough time, and the offense can’t turn the ball over three times like it did against the Blue Devils. But …
Why UConn Will WinSyracuse wasn’t perfect in the opener.
It didn’t turn the ball over, but the 18 penalties kept the game from being easier than it turned out to be.
And yes, UConn is playing better. There’s a stronger ground game with Nathan Carter running well over the first two games. The team overall has been sharper under new head coach Jim Mora Jr., and the defense really is playing well enough to not get steamrolled.
Syracuse was able to pull away from Louisville partly because it was +3 in turnover margin – UConn can make this interesting if it’s perfect.
What’s Going To HappenSyracuse is going to air out the passing attack a little bit this week, too.
The less running Tucker and Shrader do, the better – Purdue is up next before the ACC season start.
UConn will play well in the first quarter and hang around early into the second half, but the Syracuse offense will own the clock and the game from then on.
Syracuse vs UConn Prediction, LineSyracuse 38, UConn 13
Line: Syracuse -23.5, o/u: 49.5