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Film Review: How Syracuse’s offense pulled off a last-minute win over Purdue (DO; Cirino)

After going nearly three quarters without a touchdown, Syracuse scored 29 points in the game’s final 18 minutes to come back against Purdue. This came as a result of two different Orange offensive outlooks. Its first half run heavy offense only produced a field goal.

Eventually, SU opted to spread the ball out more in the third quarter, which translated into the necessary scores to keep its undefeated run alive.

Here’s how Syracuse’s offense changed over the course of Saturday’s win:


Syracuse goes three-and-out on its first drive, advancing just four yards on a Sean Tucker rush. This was the second incompletion on the drive. Shrader lined up in the deep pocket at his own 26-yard line, signaling Tucker to motion to the right side of the field before the snap.

Shrader didn’t look through his reads, staring down Tucker the whole play. He dished out a seven-yard pass to Tucker, but his heave went over the outstretched arms of the running back against man coverage. And after the ensuing punt, it allowed Purdue to easily drive deep into SU’s end.

Passing game falls apart early

With Syracuse now at Purdue’s 32-yard line, Shrader looked to complete just his second pass of the game on his sixth attempt. On 3rd-and-6, the Orange sent their receivers downfield to make room for screens on both sides. With Tucker and Courtney Jackson open, Shrader opted for Jackson, drilling the ball high to his receiver. Jackson bobbled the pass, but Andre Szmyt hit a 50-yard field goal on the following play.

First sign of hope

After starting this late first quarter drive at Syracuse’s 25-yard line, Shrader found DeVaughn Cooper for an 11-yard pass. He trusted his feet again, confusing the defense with Tucker motioning to the left side. Shrader maneuvered through a perfect gap created by his offensive line, running for 15 yards before being clipped by Reese Taylor at Purdue’s 49-yard line.

Shrader-Tucker connection moves SU up the field

Once again, Shrader faked the ball to Tucker while all of Syracuse’s receivers went deep. With no open options, Shrader sprinted to the left sideline and gained nine yards for a first down. Shrader and Tucker eventually combined for 26 rushing yards on four consecutive plays, getting to Purdue’s 24-yard line. But an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-5 forces SU to go for a 41-yard field goal — Szmyt’s first miss of the year.

The next day: Garrett Shrader does enough in 2nd half to spark SU’s air game (DO; Vasuedevan)

Garrett Shrader launched into a 360 degree turn after receiving the snap from under center. On the 4th-and-1, his first read wasn’t there — a pass in the flat to Sean Tucker. His second read wasn’t there either.

Shrader scanned the field while the Orange’s offensive line each took on one defender, noticing Oronde Gadsden II wide open on the left side. The third option confused Purdue’s defense after motions prior to the snap.

Shrader missed Gadsden on the “same exact play” earlier in the second half. The throw was late and intercepted, though a penalty gave Syracuse the ball back. This time, Gadsden grabbed Shrader’s soft pass before pausing momentarily near the 20-yard line. He thought about going out of bounds, but Damien Alford cleared a path for him to tip-toe down the left sideline into the end zone.

Gadsden’s first touchdown of the night gave the Orange their third lead of the game, paving the way for the last-second score from Gadsden eight minutes later. Shrader was impatient throughout the first half, taking off almost every time he didn’t see an option open when the Orange tried to spread the ball out. But changes to the offense allowed Syracuse to score 29 points in the second half and clinch its 3-0 start, even if the air raid wasn’t exceptional.

“I ran the ball more than I thought I would,” Shrader said. “I wasn’t throwing the ball really well … just wasn’t ready to play. We got our stuff working later and it was able to work out. ”

Courtney Jackson mastered his skills as a receiver through his hometown resources (DO ; Cirino)

David Williams rushed to Courtney Jackson’s house after hearing that Jackson’s mom, Jori, had gone into cardiac arrest.

Jackson, who just received the life-changing phone call from his dad Derrick, was in the midst of a sub-six hour drive back to Monroeville, Penn, just weeks away from 2020’s training camp. Williams met him at the house, reassuring Jackson that he could always reach out to him.

Jackson has been accustomed to Williams’ offer for a long time. The wide receiver remains in constant communication with the people from his hometown who molded him into SU’s top receiving option on the depth chart. Whether it be studying tape or getting a confidence boost in early years at Syracuse, Jackson continues to lean on those closest to him, including during his transition from running back to receiver.

Jackson sends Williams his practice clips from training camp and during the season to see how he can improve his route running. Williams, a former wide receiver at Michigan State University, could always point out the small details of his game, such as adjusting his stem and his hips in and out of his break.

At Gateway (Penn.) High School, Williams was Jackson’s first specialized receiving coach. He started playing the position during his sophomore year since the Gators’ head coach, Don Holl, wasn’t sure where to play him. While Jackson had primarily played running back for most of his career, the Gators already had an established starter.

Initially, Jackson began rotating between cornerback and special teams. He was the backup receiver, behind recent NFL draft pick Jaquan Brisker.

Syracuse football: what’s college football saying about the Orange after week 3? (TNIAAM; Wall)

Each week, we’ll take a look at what other college football media sites are saying about the Syracuse Orange. It is a lot more enjoyable to put these together for a winning team.


In this week’s SP+ rankings Syracuse moves up five to the 49th spot with the offense 70th while the defense ranks 44th. The Orange are ranked between Arizona State and UAB. This week’s opponent the Virginia Cavaliers rank 78th with their offense 61st and defense 86th.

The Football Power Index has Syracuse down four to 34th between NC State and BYU. Virginia is 82nd in the FPI this week. The FPI also predicts the Orange to reach 8 wins with an expected bowl eligibility of 98% now.

The Orange stays at 5th in the weekly ACC rankings. Slotting in between Miami and Pittsburgh. Virginia is 11th in these rankings.

In the CBS Sports power rankings Syracuse is up fifteen spots and now sits 36th between Iowa State and Wisconsin. CBS has Virginia ranked a nice 69th this week.

The Athletic

The Orange move up twenty-six spots to 35th in The Athletic’s Top 131 Power Rankings placing them in between Kansas and Florida State this week. Virginia is 71st this week.

AP and Coaches Poll

Syracuse received twenty-four votes in the Coaches Poll this week and seven votes in the AP poll.


Purdue players react to the officials leading to an ejection for Purdue safety Chris Jefferson (17) after Syracuse scored the game-winning touchdown late in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Syracuse won 32-29. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (; Marot; AP)

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has seen enough.
He wants everyone in the Boilermakers program to stop jawing with referees and opposing players, starting with himself.

After apologizing to his players Sunday for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he drew in the final minute of Saturday’s shocking loss at Syracuse, Brohm took his critique public Monday during his weekly news conference.

“We cannot get any more 15-yard penalties, including myself, including sideline warnings and on the field,” he said. “We just have to be really, really by the book and keep our mouth shut and coach and play football.”
On Saturday, tight end Payne Durham caught a touchdown pass to give the Boilermakers the lead with 51 seconds left. The fifth-year senior then drew a 15-yard penalty as a pushing and shouting match erupted after the extra-point attempt. Brohm said he asked the ref for an explanation and was called for another unsportsmanlike conduct that forced Purdue (1-2, 0-1 Big Ten) to kick off from its own 10-yard line.

Syracuse then benefited from good field position and two defensive penalties — a holding call near midfield and a pass interference call that set up the winning score.

“Mine at the end was stupid,” Durham said after 50 yards in penalties in the final minute led to the 32-29 loss. “It’s something I shouldn’t do. A guy was trying to get retaliation out of me, and it worked. I said one thing back to him and the ref threw a flag.”

Brohm acknowledged he didn’t agree with every call, certainly not some of what was called in those final seconds, and contacted the Big Ten office to express his concern. A personal foul call in the third quarter also helped Syracuse score its first touchdown and a first-half penalty erased a first-half interception.

Orange Watch: A look back at thrilling Syracuse football finishes in the Dome - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)

Item: Last Saturday’s exhilarating Syracuse 32-29 win over Purdue on Garrett Shrader’s 25-yard touchdown fling to a streaking Oronde Gadsden II with 0:07 on the clock, was the latest thrilling ending to a SU football game in the Dome’s 42-year history with 35,943 on hand at “Our House.” There’s been other stunning conclusions in the five decades the Orange have called the Dome home, and not all resulted in ‘Cuse victories.

Here’s look back at five other highlighted Syracuse football Dome games, in reverse chronological order, that came down to the wire:

2019: Syracuse 39 – Wake Forest 30 (OT)
Coming off a 10-win season and pre-season ranked 22nd, the Orange’s season fell apart with a game two blowout loss at Maryland (63-20), and at 4-7 hosting 8-3 Wake Forest in the season finale this was the team’s “bowl game” in front of an announced crowd of 33,719. Starting quarterback Tommy DeVito was hurt in practice the week of the game, replaced by Clayton Welch making his first and only start of his SU career. Welch guided the ‘Cuse to a 17-3 halftime lead, but Wake roared back with 24 second-half points, and a pair of field goals by Syracuse’s Andre Szmyt and the Deacons Nick Sciba in the final minute sent the game into overtime tied 30-30. Szmyt put SU up 33-30, and Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman then drove his team down to the Syracuse 10 looking to win and lock up a potential Orange Bowl berth. On the next play Hartman’s pass to Kendall Hinton was complete at the five-yard line, but SU cornerback Trill Williams ripped the ball out of Hinton’s hands, and only needing to kneel down to end the game, instead raced 94-yards for a touchdown to put an exclamation point on a gloomy season.

2002: Syracuse 50 – Virginia Tech 42 (3OT)
Syracuse got off to a rough 1-6 start to the ’02 season, only beating Rhode Island, before finally defeating Rutgers and Central Florida by the time the No. 8 Hokies came to town in early November. SU tied the game at 35 just 18 seconds after Tech took a 35-28 lead with 4:27 in the fourth quarter. After a scoreless first overtime, Virginia Tech led 42-35 when on 4th and goal at the six-yard line Troy Nunes hit tight end Joe Donnelly in the back of the end zone to force a third OT. Damian Rhodes, picking up the slack for an injured Walter Reyes, then scored on a 25-yard run and two-point conversion. Tech’s attempt to continue the game ended when Maurice McClain intercepted Bryan Randall’s pass in the corner of the end zone, sending the near sell-out crowd (48,239) into happy mayhem.

1998: Syracuse 28 – Virginia Tech 26
This game ended with one of the most unlikely plays in Dome history. Virginia Tech, No. 12 in the coaches’ poll, led through three quarters. Syracuse took a brief 22-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Tech got two points on SU’s two-point conversion attempt and a field goal to lead 26-22 before the final Orangemen drive. Donovan McNabb drove the ‘Cuse downfield to set up first and goal at the 1-yard line with under a minute to play, but he was sacked on second down for a 12-yard loss and with no timeouts had to spike the ball to stop the clock with 0:05 left. With one snap left, SU called its famous throwback pass play to the tight end, in this case Steve Brominski, with McNabb rolling right, throwing back left to a leaping Brominski who clutched the ball to his chest and fell to the turf with the winning score. Many of the 49,336 on hand poured out of the stands and joined the jubilation on the field.

1992: Syracuse 10 – Miami 16
We always marvel that the week leading up to the game it was labeled by the Syracuse Newspapers as “the biggest sporting event in the history of central New York.” Undefeated and top-ranked Miami (10-0) sporting a 28-game winning streak, versus No. 8 ranked Syracuse (9-1) in front of a near capacity crowd of 49,857. The Orangemen trailed 13-0 at halftime, containing eventual Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta by picking him off three times during the game, snapping a streak of 123 passes without an interception, bu20t SU was constantly stuffed by the UM defense. Back came Syracuse in the second half led by Marvin Graves and the running game getting 10 points on its first two possessions, including a Graves 1-yard TD leap to make it 16-10 Miami into the fourth quarter. On the game’s final drive starting at midfield with 2:40 to play, Graves took a vicious hit on a run to the Miami 21, and after getting composed during a SU timeout, was sacked on consecutive downs setting up the game’s final play on fourth down at the 32-yard line with 0:10 on the clock. Graves dropped back, found tight end Chris Gedney running a post pattern, and completed the pass to the three-yard line where Gedney was immediately decked by ‘Canes safety Casey Greer as the clock hit 0:00. An audible collective groan sounded in the Dome stands, followed by a loud standing ovation of an effort that came up three-yards short.

Syracuse football’s unbeaten start propelled by rollercoaster victory | Rochester Business Journal (rbj; Pitoniak)

I’ve been covering football for nearly a half-century and watching it for even longer and can honestly say I’ve seen few fourth quarters more bizarre than the one I witnessed from the upper deck of the JMA Wireless Dome on the campus of Syracuse University Saturday afternoon.

It was absolutely bonkers – exhilarating and exhausting. The final 15 minutes of action between the Orange and visiting Purdue featured six touchdowns, four lead changes, a pick-six by a defensive lineman and a slew of unsportsmanlike penalties by the Boilermakers that resulted in them kicking off from their own 10-yard-line and SU later kicking off from the Purdue 35.

Fittingly, it was capped by a frenetic finish, with gritty Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader tossing a game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Oronde Gadsden II with seven seconds remaining to give the Orange a 32-29 victory that kept them undefeated.

Syracuse coach Dino Babers has always been what we in the newspaper business call “good copy.” And he didn’t disappoint in his post-game press conference Saturday, deftly invoking a metaphor with the Colossus, a famous California amusement park roller coaster that claims to be among the world’s fastest.

“There were turns, deep valleys, there were big climbs,’’ Babers said. “There was a lot of speed going on. Your hair was going back. Your eyes were all big. You were like, ‘Wow is this thing going to end?’ because I’m not really having a lot of fun right now. Luckily, it finally came to an end and everything was intact and Syracuse is 3-0.”

Undefeated, and dreaming big.

“It’s a good time to be Orange,’’ Babers added.

He’s got that right. A season that began with tepid expectations and plenty of apathy is feeling like it might blossom into something special. Perhaps ’Cuse fans will be partying like it’s 2018; that’s the last time SU opened with three wins, on its way to a 10-3 record that included a bowl victory and a No.15 national ranking in the final college football polls. That remains the only winning season by Babers, now in his seventh year at Syracuse, and it was sparked by a similar gutsy, dual-threat quarterback — a school record-setter by the name of Eric Dungey. Shrader appears to be cut from a similar cloth. He may not be quite as prolific a passer as Dungey was, but he’s proven to be a more elusive runner. And, like Dungey, he’s as tough as those steel girders supporting the Dome’s massive roof.

SU's win vs. Purdue came down to the wire. These 4 non-scoring plays made a huge impact (Ps; Leiker)

Syracuse football’s 32-29 win over Purdue on Saturday was a game of seconds and inches.

Though it will be remembered for a 42-point fourth quarter that saw four lead changes, there were moments scattered throughout the game that increased the need for the high-intensity conclusion that occurred.

Dino Babers and his team are no strangers to games like Saturday’s. In Babers’ seven years with the Orange, nine games have been determined by three or fewer points. Even more have been determined by a touchdown or less.

While scoring plays such as Syracuse’s final touchdown connection between Garrett Shrader and Oronde Gadsden II will make highlight reels the rest of the week and season, there were many plays just as important to the game that did not result in points.

Here are four non-scoring plays that had the biggest impact on SU’s nail-biting victory against Purdue.

Purdue goes for it early on 4th-and-3

On Purdue’s first drive of the game, coach Jeff Brohm seemingly overlooked an easy opportunity to put his team in the lead with a field goal.

With the ball on the Syracuse 11-yard line on 4th-and-3, it seemed like an easy call: Kick the 29-yard field goal and get points on the board to take an early lead.

Instead, Brohm kept his offense on the field to try and convert. Running back Dylan Downing was only able to pick up 2 yards, and the ball was turned over on downs.

Speaking about the play postgame, Brohm said he’d made a miscalculation. He thought it was 4th-and-1 or “a big one and a half.”

Regardless, the moment aligns perfectly with a sentiment Babers shared during his Monday press conference.

“You give me 18 inches in any football game, I can change the outcome of that game,” Babers said.

Purdue’s holding penalty calls back Shrader interception

Down 9-3 in the third quarter, Syracuse burned 6:39 off the clock on its first touchdown drive of the game.

But the touchdown wouldn’t have happened if not for a penalty that undid an Orange turnover.

Three plays before Shrader connected with Isaiah Jones in the end zone, Purdue linebacker O.C. Brothers picked off Shrader on a forced ball intended for Gadsden.

It was 3rd-and-2 and Shrader had been pressured. The turnover could’ve deflated what little confidence and poise Syracuse’s offense had managed to come out of halftime with and allow Purdue to put SU deeper in a hole the next drive.

Instead, the JMA Wireless Dome erupted into cheers when the game’s head official came on the mic to say there’d been a defensive holding penalty against the Boilermakers.

The turnover was erased from Shrader’s record — SU is one of four teams in the country that hasn’t turned the ball over this year — and allowed SU another chance to score, which it capitalized on.

Purdue Football looks to fix penalty issues follow Syracuse loss (; Daddario)

Purdue football suffered yet another last minute loss, this time on the road against Syracuse on Saturday.

Both teams started out slow going into half with the boilers up 9-3. In the end the game really came down to the fourth quarter.

In that last quarter alone the two teams scored a combined 42 points.

The Boilers thought they had the win secured after Aidan O'connell sent an 11 yard touchdown into Payne Durham with just a little over a minute left in the game.

Unfortunately for Purdue, multiple penalties followed that touchdown, helping Syracuse find the endzone themselves. Sending the boilermakers home with their second loss of the season.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Purdue takes on Florida Atlantic University in its homecoming game here in West Lafayette.

The first thing Head Coach, Jeff Brohm did in preparation for this weekend was sit his team down and play film of all of their penalties so far this season.

“Without question, penalties are hurting us and you cannot win football games with the penalties that we're getting. So that has to get fixed. Football is a tough physical, emotional game and we got to make sure we control our emotions at all times, no matter what's going on. Right now that the complete focus is on those things and get ready for Florida Atlantic who has really good athletes and good players, and they play a good football team so we're gonna have to play well,” Said head coach, Jeff Brohm.

Purdue looks to bounce back against FAU for their homecoming game on Saturday at home at 7:30 PM. (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse Depth Chart vs Virginia

The Orange hosts the Cavs Friday night in the JMA Wireless Dome.

Syracuse football has released its depth chart for Friday night's game against Virginia.

Starter: Garrett Shrader
Backup: Carlos Del Rio-Wilson
Starter: Sean Tucker
Backup: LeQuint Allen
Starter; Oronde Gadsden OR Maximilian Mang
Starter: Damien Alford OR Umari Hatcher OR D’Marcus Adams
Starter: Courtney Jackson OR Devaughn Cooper
Starter: Devaughn Cooper OR Trebor Peña
Starter: Matthew Bergeron
Backup: Joe Cruz
Starter: Kalan Ellis
Backup: Jakob Bradford
Starter: Carlos Vettorello
Backup: Josh Ilaoa
Starter: Chris Bleich
Backup: Mark Petry
Starter: Dakota Davis
Backup: Enrique Cruz
Starter: Caleb Okechukwu
Backup: Chase Simmons
Starter: Terry Lockett OR Kevon Darton
Starter: Steve Linton OR Jatius Geer
Starter: Derek McDonald
Backup: Leon Lowery
Starter: Mikel Jones
Backup: Austin Roon
Starter: Marlowe Wax
Backup: Anwar Sparrow
Starter: Garrett Williams
Backup: Jeremiah Wilson
Starter: Ja’Had Carter OR Jason Simmons
Starter: Justin Barron
Backup: Rob Hanna
Starter: Alijah Clark
Backup: Eric Coley
Starter: Duce Chestnut
Backup: Isaiah Johnson

Starter: Andre Szmyt
Backup: Brady Denaburg OR James Williams
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Syracuse football has officially put a target on their backs in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team is off to their first 3-0 start since 2018, remaining undefeated following a thrilling, last minute victory over the Purdue Boilermakers (1-2) on Saturday.

The Orange pulled out the win in the last seven seconds of the game when Quarterback Garrett Shrader found wide receiver Oronde Gadsen II in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown.

Syracuse knocked off Purdue in front of 35,493 fans on Saturday, rocking the JMA Wireless Dome in its inaugural namesake season.


SU Defensive Lineman Caleb Okechukwu intercepted a pass thrown by Purdue QB Aidan O'Connell, and ran it in for a touchdown. (Photo by: Syracuse Athletics)

Head Coach Dino Babers attributes his team’s recent success to the fan energy.

“I thought the fans were really good on Saturday,” Babers said in his weekly press conference on Monday. “I don’t know if they [the students] just woke up, or they never went to sleep, but I was more than satisfied with the noise that they pumped in.”

But Syracuse can’t afford to waste any time celebrating, as they only have four more days to prepare to host the Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) under the lights this Friday.

The Hoos narrowly inched out a win against Old Dominion last weekend (16-14), after winning against Richmond to start the season but falling to Illinois.

For current SU Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae and QB Coach Jason Beck, this Friday has an even deeper meaning; the two former Virginia coaches will face their old team for the first time.

Both men coached at Virginia for five seasons from 2016-2021. For Anae, this followed coaching stints at numerous schools including his alma mater, Brigham Young University.
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After three wins and no losses to start the season, Syracuse football fans are as pumped as they’ve been in a long time.

But it’s not just the fans that are excited for the big game on Friday.

“We aren’t just excited for our store here for the business but we are fans just like everybody else in Syracuse and when you can pull off a win like that I’ll tell you it’s exciting for the team and for Syracuse,” says Manger at Manny’s Quality SU Clothing Store Bill Nester.

The last time the team started the season off this big was in 2018.

After last weekend’s game, people could feel and *hear* the excitement from fans after the win over Purdue and it lasted for miles.

“When I was taking down our merchandise outside because we like to have a nice display outside, you could hear the dome out of all the 40 years I’ve been up here, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the dome cheer like that you could actually hear it down here on Marshall Street,” Nester says.


Syracuse’s 3-0 start has put the Orange on nearly everyone’s bowl radar.

There’s good reason for that.

SU is one of four teams that have grabbed two wins against Power-Five competition through the first three weeks of the season (Georgia, Florida State and Penn State are the others).

See where bowl prognosticators have the Orange playing this postseason:

Kyle Bonagura

Bowl: Military Bowl
Opponent: Central Florida
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland
When: Dec. 28; 2 p.m.; ESPN

Mark Schlabach

Bowl: Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Opponent: California
Where: Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas
When: Dec. 30; 2 p.m.; CBS
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The 2022-23 bowl schedule features 42 overall games, and Athlon Sports is here with complete projections and predictions for all of the matchups. With three weeks of the season in the books, it’s never too early to take a peek at what the bowl games could look like at its conclusion.

The postseason officially begins on Dec. 16 with two matchups and continues until Jan. 9 with the national championship at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The semifinals for the College Football Playoff take place on Dec. 31 this year, with the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl hosting the matchups.

The actual selection process is more complicated than in previous years, and as usual, some trading of teams to fill spots is likely to happen by December. However, nearly all of the necessary information regarding the 2022-23 bowl schedule has been released. Projections will be updated every week during the year.

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2022 after Week 3:

College Football Bowl Projections for 2022-23

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 16)

Tie-In: Conference USA vs. MAC
Projection: FAU vs. Eastern Michigan

Cure Bowl (Dec. 16)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/MW/Sun Belt
Projection: Marshall vs. Liberty

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American
Projection: Syracuse vs. Memphis

New Mexico (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: American/C-USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: Air Force vs. North Texas

LA Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: Mountain West vs. Pac-12
Projection: Fresno State vs. UCLA

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Week 3 of college football was off the chain! It all started off with a great battle between the Louisville Cardinals & Florida State Seminoles on Friday night. Johnny Wilson and Malik McClain truly shined under the Friday night lights. The slate of ACC games on Saturday afternoon and evening didn't disappoint as well. Garrett Shrader & Oronde Gadsden II provided heroics for the Orange, while the Pack rolled to a big win at home partially behind the arm of Thayer Thomas. Enjoy a look back at all these great plays and more and find out which one was named the top play of the week right here!
... (PS; $; Ditota)

Syracuse University’s most famous sports booster has decided to get involved in the name, image and likeness (NIL) space and will offer $1 million per year to one five-star football player and one five-star basketball player to represent his companies.

Adam Weitsman, an Upstate New York entrepreneur who owns recycling, restaurant and cryptocurrency mining businesses, said he plans to target athletes with high wattage name recognition who are “role models.”

Those athletes will get the $1 million, he said, regardless of whether they choose to play sports at SU.

Weitsman mentioned former Duke star Zion Williamson as an example of the level of athlete he’ll engage. Williamson was among the top-five high school players in the nation in the Class of 2018. He chose the Blue Devils and became the talk of the 2018-19 college basketball season.
... (SI; podcast; Bleav in Syracuse)

Bleav in Syracuse podcast episode 45, presented by Bet Online and Hofmann Sausage Company, is out! Syracuse football has started 3-0 for the first time since 2018 after knocking off Purdue 32-29 in thrilling fashion. Mike McAllister, Mike Gross and Josh Crawford break down the win, what it means for the Orange moving forward including both positive and negative trends. You can subscribe and listen on your favorite podcasting platforms as linked below. (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Matt Bonaparte and Owen Valentine describe their emotions during the thriller Syracuse football put on against Purdue this weekend. The guys give you their takes and much more on your Monday episode. (; Hunt)

I had FSU football in the top half of my preseason ACC Power Rankings, and I look like I was on the right track overall.

The ACC has gotten off to a decent start after a rocky first week. There are seven teams with a 3-0 record, five of them in the ACC Atlantic, and only three teams have losing records after three weeks.

Week four could be pivotal for a couple of ACC Atlantic teams, and undefeated Clemson and Wake Forest squared off with someone losing their zero. FSU football hosts Boston College in their third consecutive primetime slot, and Virginia travels to undefeated Syracuse in ACC action.

Anyways, here are my updated rankings after three weeks by division and then overall as a conference:

ACC Atlantic

  • Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
  • FSU (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
  • Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
  • NC State (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Wake Forest (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Louisville (1-2, 0-2 ACC)
  • Boston College (1-2, 1-1 ACC)
The only thing that changed here was NC State leaping Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons almost lost to Liberty and NC State covered the spread against Texas Tech. Boston College for their first win, but it’s not enough for them to leap frog Louisville.

ACC Coastal

  • Pittsburgh (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
  • Duke (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Miami (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
  • North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Virginia (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
  • Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
  • Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1 ACC)

Overall Power Rankings

  1. Clemson
  2. FSU
  3. Syracuse
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. NC State
  6. Wake Forest
  7. Duke
  8. Miami
  9. North Carolina
  10. Louisville
  11. Virginia
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Georgia Tech
  14. Boston College

Parting Thoughts

We don’t have too much change other than NC State leapfrogging Wake Forest and Duke jumping Miami. Wake Forest nearly lost to Liberty, and NC State handled Texas Tech. Duke looks like a more complete team in Mike Elko’s first year than Miami, who’s yet to beat a Power Five team.
... (SI; McKenny)

1. Clemson (3-0)

The Tigers remain in the top spot after their 48-20 win against Louisiana Tech. Running back Will Shipley is starting to build a Heisman campaign, going for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win. This is an encouraging sign for next week — the Clemson ball carriers combined for 333 rush yards against Wake Forest in their home victory last year.

2. NC State (3-0)

The Wolfpack picked up a quality 27-14 win at home against Texas Tech. The NC State defense looked incredibly strong, forcing four turnovers. Defensive captain LB Peyton Wilson led the way with ten tackles, while CB Aydan White had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. The Wolfpack will host UConn before playing at Clemson, their biggest test of the year.

3. Pittsburgh (2-1)

The Panthers avenged last season’s heartbreaking loss to Western Michigan with a 34-13 victory over the Broncos on Saturday. It’s a good sign that Pitt was able to put up 34 points with third string QB Nate Yarnell filling in for Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti. He certainly received help from junior running back Israel Abanikanda, who rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers will face Rhode Island next week before beginning conference play.

4. Wake Forest (3-0)

It was a tough showing for the Deacs on Saturday, who were outperformed by a Liberty team playing with their third string quarterback. In the second half, the Deacons were outscored by the Flames 28-17, and quarterback Sam Hartman struggled. It’s not an ideal time for Wake Forest to have these issues — the Deacons line up next week against Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy, arguably the best D-Line duo in the nation.

5. North Carolina (3-0)

The Tar Heels had a bye week, which comes at a good time for them. Next week is one of their biggest home games of the year against Notre Dame. The Heels will have a great chance to win on Saturday — the Irish will be without starting QB Tyler Buchner for a second-straight week.

6. Miami (2-1)

The Canes faced their first real test of the season and came up short, losing to Texas A&M 17-9. The team was sloppy, muffing a punt return in the first quarter that led to an Aggies touchdown. More concerningly, the Hurricanes had four red zone trips and didn’t score a touchdown. QB Tyler Van Dyke struggled, completing only 51% of his passes for 217 yards. Miami will host Middle Tennessee State for their final non-conference game of the season next Saturday.

7. Florida State (3-0)

In their 35-31 win against Louisville, the Seminoles put forth another hard fought, gritty performance. However, they lost perhaps their most important roster piece in QB Jordan Travis, who was spotted with a walking boot and crutches after leaving in the second quarter. Sophomore QB Tate Rodemaker came in relief, throwing two touchdowns, including the game winner to Johnny Wilson late in the fourth quarter. Rodemaker will likely have to lead this offense for the foreseeable future, but next week’s game comes against one of the most underperforming teams in the ACC — the Seminoles host Boston College.

8. Syracuse (3-0)

The Orange are rolling after their 32-29 win over Purdue, perhaps their most impressive victory of the season. Dual-threat quarterback Garrett Shrader led the way for Syracuse, passing for 181 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 83 yards on the ground. The question remains: are the Orange a true threat in the ACC? The Orange play UVA next week.
... *; Marsdale)

Miami had an opportunity to leap in this week’s ACC Power Rankings, but fell on its face instead. The Hurricanes fell 17-9 at Texas A&M, failing to score a touchdown. Miami made four trips to the red zone, and came away with three field goals, having one blocked.

The Hurricanes were the biggest faller in this week’s edition, while Syracuse was the biggest riser, with Florida State also making a move.

“Lack of execution,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said Monday of the Hurricanes’ red zone struggles, via InsideTheU. “We have to continue to design things and coach things better. I don’t think you point a finger at anybody. That’s not our program. That’s not what we do. You own it completely as an organization so collectively we have to come up with a way to score points. Yeah, we struggled with penalties. There may have been a miscue here or there. Entire, just have to take it all as an offense and get better.”

Plenty of movement happened in this week’s rankings, as there is also a new team in the basement:

1. CLEMSON TIGERS (3-0, 1)

Clemson rolled to a 48-20 win over Louisiana Tech that was even more lopsided than the final score indicated. Clemson led 34-6, as Louisiana Tech did not score its first touchdown until the fourth quarter. D.J. Uiagalelei had his best game of the season, going 17-of-29 for 221 yards and throwing two touchdowns to no interceptions. He also ran nine times for 62 yards. While Clemson travels to Wake Forest in a matchup for ranked teams, the Demon Deacons’ defense has struggled in a big way. Uiagalelei should be able to continue his progress.


NC State hosted a then-2-0 Texas Tech team and took care of business. The Wolfpack get one final tuneup with UConn coming to town before the Oct. 1 showdown at Clemson, which is a game that could shape who comes out of the ACC Atlantic Division. While NC State did not look all that flashy, they forced the Red Raiders into four turnovers and committed just one themselves. Dave Doeren should get the opportunity to rest some of his starters in the second half this weekend when UConn comes to town.


Mike Norvell answered the bell. The Seminoles beat LSU and Louisville on the road in their last two games. They got past the Cardinals despite an injury to Jordan Travis, as Tate Rodemaker came in and did the job. The former three-star recruit from the Class of 2020 was 6-of-10 passing for 109 yards, throwing two touchdowns and one interception. FSU welcomes Boston College Saturday, which is a team that has struggled protecting the quarterback in a big way.


Pat Narduzzi was down to his third-string quarterback at Western Michigan, as Nate Yarnell led a 34-13 victory. The health of Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti is something to monitor going forward, but with Pitt staying close against Tenneseee without Slovis for the second half and having no struggles against Western Michigan, it proves its spot as a top-four team in the conference. Narduzzi was happy with the play of Yarnell.
"He's so calm in the huddle and I thought he looked comfortable out there the whole time," Narduzzi said of Yarnell. "I don't think he was nervous, not one bit. Not even close, which was shocking, because I was damn nervous."


If Miami had scored just one touchdown at Texas A&M, it might have not dropped this far. With that being said, the Hurricanes struggled in a big way after facing their best competition of the season to date. That followed up a slow start the week prior against Southern Mississippi. There are plenty of opportunities for Cristobal and company to move their way up. A game against Middle Tennessee State this weekend might not do it, but it is an opportunity for the offense to try and get right.


Sam Hartman is awesome. That is known, but the defense has major issues. Liberty outgained Wake Forest 428 yards to 346. The Demon Deacons had to stop the Flames on a two-point conversion to hold onto the win. Wake Forest hosts Clemson this weekend, which is probably the best team it will face this season. If the Demon Deacons are to have a chance against a premier opponent, the defense needs to tighten up.


The Orange just edge out Miami due to having better wins. Syracuse blew out Louisville and UConn and escaped against a solid Big Ten program in Purdue. It was a gutsy performance from the Orange, who received votes in this week’s AP Top 25. Like Norvell, Dino Babers was a coach facing pressure with a difficult schedule to begin the season, and has answered it. Syracuse hosts Virginia and Wagner before a test with NC State.
... (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2022 Sep 19th

All Sports Discussion
does a Week 3 CFP Eliminator to see which teams are no longer even mathematically in contention. Here's this week's ACC-related comments:

I include Notre Dame in the ACC in this roundup for simplicity.
ACC Team - Notes
Boston College - Likely will be eliminated even without another loss.
Clemson - Undefeated so far.
Duke - Undefeated so far.
Florida State - Undefeated so far. Potential good win over LSU
Georgia Tech - Likely will be eliminated even without another loss.
Louisville - Likely will be eliminated even without another loss.
Miami (FL) - Tough loss to Texas A&M. Potentially weak schedule leaves no room for error.
Pittsburgh - Loss to Tennessee leaves little room for error.
N.C. State - Undefeated so far. Barely.
North Carolina - Undefeated so far. Win over App State might end up carrying some weight.
Notre Dame - Needs to win out convincingly and see lots of chaos to have a chance.
Syracuse - Undefeated so far.
Virginia - Loss to Illinois leads no room for error.
Virginia Tech - Loss to Old Dominion could be a killer, but a strong nonconference schedule earns some forgiveness.
Wake Forest - Undefeated so far.

OK, let's be honest: the only real contenders are probably Clemson, maybe Florida State, maybe an 12-1 ACC-champ Miami or Pitt, and maybe UNC, NC State, or Syracuse (all long shots, tbh).
... (RX; HM)

JHowell's 2022 Week 4 Predictions

Below are the projections through the games of 9-24-22. Games against non-rated teams are excluded. The favorite is listed first with the projected margin of victory (i.e., the line) in parenthesis. 'TP' represents the total number of points expected to be scored in the game and 'Odds' represents the odds of the favorite winning straight-up (not against-the-spread).

Thursday, September 22, 2022

#65-Virginia Tech (-4.5) vs. #72-West Virginia (TP=56 Odds=.564)

Friday, September 23, 2022

#55-Syracuse (-6) vs. #70-Virginia (TP=50 Odds=.596)

Saturday, September 24, 2022

#5-Clemson (-8) @ #16-Wake Forest (TP=61 Odds=.607)
#14-NC State (-30) vs. #128-Connecticut (TP=53 Odds=.895)
#27-North Carolina (-1.5) vs. #21-Notre Dame (TP=62 Odds=.518)
#34-Central Florida (-18.5) vs. #110-Georgia Tech (TP=52 Odds=.772)
#35-Miami (FL) (-13) vs. #92-Middle Tennessee State (TP=49 Odds=.710)
#43-Florida State (-12.5) vs. #91-Boston College (TP=51 Odds=.695)
#75-Louisville (-12.5) vs. #111-South Florida (TP=58 Odds=.676)
... (RX; HM)

2022 VT/WVU Factoids

The "Black Diamond Trophy" game will be renewed Thursday night, so let's have some factoids:

Did you know...

West Virginia University is actually east of Virginia Tech?

The Hokies will be doing something a little different for this game:

So instead of striped, it’ll be split colors for the WVU game. I’m here for it I think it’ll look pretty cool.
— Sam Jessee (@SamOfSaturday) June 1, 2022

Of course, we can count on Pitt fans to help with WVU factoids!

There’s been a lot of negativity on here lately so I’m going to be tweeting positive WVU trivia every Saturday until CFB season as a show of respect.
... (RX; HM)

QBR vs Win%

David Hale does some very good analysis.

It's actually pretty amazing how well Total QBR tracks with winning. Here's every P5 from 2011-2022 and Louisville is the biggest outlier...
— ️♈️ (@ADavidHaleJoint) September 16, 2022
... (; Dohn)

Most high school programs are already a quarter to one-third of the way through their football seasons, and in most cases it means quarterbacks are starting to find their groove in an offense.

In the ACC, Miami has a pair of quarterback commits in Jaden Rashada and Emory Williams, while Florida State and Georgia Tech do not have any quarterbacks committed.

In this feature, which will be updated throughout the fall, 247Sports takes a look at how the senior quarterbacks committed to ACC schools are doing thus far:


Christopher Vizzina committed to Clemson in April and is throwing the ball a lot more than he did as a junior. The Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian standout completed 72 of 110 for 854 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions through four games. Briarwood Christian had a bye last week but Vizzina is coming off his best game despite it being a five-point loss to Pelham (Ala.) High. He completed 22 of 27 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He is a five-star prospect and the No. 6 quarterback (No. 20 player overall) in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.


Pittsburg (Calif.) High's Jaden Rashada's completion percentage is up aplenty from his junior season but he also is close to matching his 11-game total in '21 in just four games this season after throwing four of them Friday night in an eight-point loss to Folsom (Calif.) High. He was 22 of 36 for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Rashada is 70 of 110 (63.6 percent) for 1.064 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interception this season. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Rashada completed 146 of 256 (57 percent) for 2,220 yards, 27 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior. He committed to Miami on June 26. He is the No. 7 quarterback and No. 56 player in the 247Sports Composite.


Miami took a second quarterback in the 2022 class and they committed within a week of one another. Six days before Jaden Rashada committed to the Hurricanes, Milton (Fla.) High quarterback Emory Williams did the same. He is coming off his first 300-yard passing game of the season, although it was in a 35-21 loss to Gulf Breeze in which he completed 19 of 33 passes and threw a touchdown. He is 69 of 119 for 845 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions in four games. He had a big junior season in which he threw for 2,168 yards, 16 touchdowns and three interceptions.


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Pierce Clarkson, who committed to Louisville in January, completed 10 of 15 for 90 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 34-7 win against Kahuku (Hawaii) High. In four games this season, Clark is 35 of 58 for 572 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. His best game came in a 49-0 beating of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic when he completed all nine of his attempts for 183 yards and two scores. Clarkson is the No. 14 quarterback and No. 208 player in the 247Sports Composite.


Cornelius (N.C.) William Amos Hough's Tad Hudson left the recruiting process long ago with his commitment to North Carolina on Aug. 1, 2021, and it allowed him to focus solely on his game. He threw for a score on his first pass Friday in a 52-0 win and ran for one. He entered the game completing 64 of 97 for 730 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He is the No. 22 quarterback in the 247Sports Composite, and the No. 12 player in North Carolina in the 247Sports rankings. One thing to like about Hudson beyond football is he played basketball and baseball in high school as well.


Duke landed a commitment from Greer (S.C.) Gaffney's Grayson Loftis in January, and his focus is solely on his senior season. It has been an up-and-down four games though as Loftis completed 72 of 129 for 713 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in four games. The 6-foot-, 205-pound Loftis is on using the short passing game with a long of 34 this season. His completion percentage of 55.8 is slightly off the 59.3 percent he completed as a junior. Loftis is the No. 6 player in South Carolina and No. 31 quarterback in the 247Sports Composite.


Pitt landed a prolific thrower in Hendersonville (Tenn.) Pope John Paul II four-star Kenny Minchey. The 6-foot-1 1/2, 207-pound Minchey sat out Friday because of a shoulder injury but he had a big start to his season. He completed 47 of 64 passes for 768 yards, 11 touchdowns and an interception in his first four games. He is completing 73.4 percent of his passes. He threw for more than 3,200 yards and 32 touchdowns last season and he has more than 5,200 career passing yards. Minchey is the No. 15 quarterback and No 5 player in Tennessee in the 247Sports Composite.


Virginia Tech commit Dylan Wittke threw for a pair of scores to help Buford (Ga.) High break open a tight game in what turned into a 44-16 win against Atlanta Carver, and it was the most he was asked to do this season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Wittke, who committed to the Hokies in May, entered the night completing 27 of 38 for 323 yards in three games. He also ran for 50 yards.


Boston College's recruiting reach extended to Texas when it was looking for a quarterback, and it landed Henderson (Texas) High's Jacobe Robinson in February. It has been a tough slog this season so far with Henderson going 0-4. Although Henderson was 4-6 in 2021, he threw for 2,123 yards and 22 touchdowns against two interceptions. He also showed his running ability with 280 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He is the No. 28 quarterback and in the nation and No. 90 player in Texas in the 247Sports rankings.


Charlie Gilliam committed to Wake Forest in mid June, and he has shown improvement during the early part of his senior season. McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian is 1-3 after a 30-15 loss to Prince Avenue on Friday. Entering the game, Gilliam was 44 of 73 for 708 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. He has shown improvement with his accuracy from his junior season in which he completed 4.87 percent of his passes. Gilliam is the No. 61 quarterback and No. 112 player in Georgia in the 247Sports Composite.


NC State commit Lex Thomas showcased his skill set as a junior during a big season in which he completed 167 of 263 passes for 2,492 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions and his Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage squad is 5-0 this season. He did not play Friday night because of an injury, but he is 41 of 58 for 530 yards and three touchdowns. He also has run for three touchdowns. Thomas is the No. 36 quarterback and No. 21 player in North Carolina in the 247Sports rankings.


St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood's Anthony Colandrea was 60 of 107 for 759 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in the first three games of the season. Lakewood evened its record at 2-2 after a 9-8 win against Pinellas Park, but that came after a long lightning delay Friday night. The Virginia commit is in his second year as a starter. He completed 216 of 345 passes for 3,252 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. He also makes yards with his feet. He ran for 362 yards as a junior, and had 138 yards rushing this season heading into Friday.


One-time Virginia commit LaNorris Sellers flipped his commitment to Syracuse after a coaching change. He has played in a trio of blowout wins, so he is not asked to do a lot in the passing game. He is coming off a 42-7 win against South Pointe in which he completed 7 of 13 for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 10 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns. This season he has completed 19 of 35 for 398 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran 19 times for 169 yards and three scores. He is the No. 33 quarterback and No. 7 player in South Carolina in the 247Sports Composite.



This provided photo shows the set of "The Hermit," a horror movie starring Lou Ferrigno, shot on a farm near Syracuse, N.Y. (PS; Herbert)

A horror movie in Syracuse was forced to suspend production halfway through filming because of several issues, including an actor’s injury and crew members walking off set over a pay dispute.

“The Hermit,” starring former “The Incredible Hulk” actor and champion bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, began shooting in mid-August on a farm in South Onondaga. Ferrigno plays a murderous, cannibalistic pig farmer who cooks people and makes them into jerky.

Excitement was high initially. Ferrigno was named an honorary Syracuse police officer while in town and it was his first major role since getting life-changing cochlear implants last year. Local crew members were also looking forward to the project, the latest in a filmmaking boom that’s seen more than 30 movies shot in Central New York over the past five years.

“Everyone was just excited about doing a horror movie in Syracuse,” key grip Mac Cushing told | The Post-Standard.

But most of the crew hadn’t been paid after the first week of production, Cushing said. Halfway through the second week, a producer told him paychecks would be issued biweekly even though crew members expected to be paid weekly. When they threatened a walkout, producers promised to make it right by the following Monday or Tuesday, Cushing said.

Producer Gerry Pass blamed the threat on “rumors from union reps” about proof of deposit; “The Hermit” is a non-union film, he said.

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the crew still hadn’t been paid, according to Cushing, so they walked off the set. Filming stopped. Ferrigno and others went home.

Pass, line producer Kenneth Greenblat, and the Syracuse Film Office confirmed that production was shut down after the crew went on strike.
It's not good to piss off Lou or the "Hulk" will get you.

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