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Why Syracuse Will Win

SWC75

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- When I left the Dome after the Clemson game on September 30th, I felt we had a good team that had given Clemson all they wanted in terms of a physical battle and an explosive team that could take command of games or win shoot-outs with anybody. I’m going to re-enter the Dome expecting to see the same team. It might work.

- If we can get off to that elusive good start, maybe we can get the crowd into it and force BC to go to the air more, which they are not that good at.

- Hopefully, we’ll finally get to see Isaiah Jones incorporated into the passing and I’d like to see what Darren Gil could do for us as well. Obviously, we need to see more of Dan Villari in various capacities. Dino said on his show that “We’re not going to do things the way we have been doing them.” I vote yes to that.

- BC’s lack of sacks and TFLs suggests that we may finally be able to run our offense the way it was designed to work. Their pass defense has bad numbers. If our defense can get off the field, we could take advantage of that.

- Whatever happens, you know LeQuint Allen, Marlowe Wax and others will keep playing hard. Allen is due for a showcase game.

- BC doesn’t kick the ball to the other team very well and we could get some returns or at least get some good field position. A big special teams play could set the Dome on fire.


- BC QB Thomas Castellanos appeared hobbled in the second half of the 21-14 win over Connecticut last week. If he can’t go or is limited, the Eagles are a different team, (just as we are when Shrader isn’t 100%)



4-4 and 4 – or 5 – to go!

Stats that favor Syracuse:
LET’S GO ORANGE!!!
OFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS SU- 220.25 BC – 205.63
OFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER ATTEMPT SU- 7.56 BC – 7.18
OFFENSIVE PASSING EFFICIENCY SU- 135.88 BC – 129.58
OFFENSIVE COMPLETION PERCENTAGE SU- 61.37 BC – 57.64
SCORING DEFENSE SU- 24.13 BC – 28.38
DEFENSIVE RUSHING YARDS SU- 149.1 BC – 164.5
DEFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER COMPLETION SU- 11.30 BC – 14.02
DEFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER ATTEMPT SU- 7.02 BC – 8.32
DEFENSIVE PASSING EFFICIENCY SU- 129.58 BC – 147.96
DEFENSIVE 3RD AND 4TH FOURTH DOWN PERCENTAGE SU- 40.52 BC – 41.84
DEFENSIVE RED ZONE POINTS SU- 114/30 = 3.8 BC – 167/26 = 6.4
SACKS SU- 22 BC - 10
TACKLES FOR A LOSS SU- 55 BC – 28 (tied for last in country)
BLOCKED KICKS SU -2 BC - 0
KICKOFF RETURNS SU- 16.71 BC – 15.00
OPPONENT KICKOFF RETURNS SU- 17.50 BC – 18.38
KICKOFFS THAT WERE RETURNED SU- 2/43 = 4.7% BC - 22/40 = 55.0%
NET PUNTING SU- 40.45 BC – 37.36
LONGEST FG SU- 46 BC - 41
PENALTIES SU- 56/497yds BC - 62/535yds
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE SU- #59 BC - #81

Comments: We pass more efficiently for more yards. We give up fewer points and rushing yards. Their pass defense seems pretty leaky and they are terrible defending the red zone, so it’s important to them to keep their defense off the field. They put very little pressure on the other team’s backfield, (but remember they are keeping their defense on the sidelines more than most teams. I think we have a better return game. Their net punting is bad so if we can make them punt, we can gain field position. They commit even more penalties than we do. Their schedule hasn’t been quite as difficult as ours. Massive consideration: most of our good numbers stem from those first four games. We haven’t been good at anything in a month.


Other stats that were about even:
OFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER COMPLETION SU- 12.32 BC – 12.46
BLOCKED KICKS ALLOWED SU- 0 BC - 0
(I’m assuming blocked kicks are placekicks and added them to blocked punts)
DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS SU- 2 BC - 2
40 YARDS + SU- 2/4 = 50.0% BC – 2/4 = 50.00%
TURNOVER MARGIN SU- Even BC - -1

Comments: Meh.
 
Thanks SWC , I’m getting in the car and heading up 81 in a couple hours, but wasn’t sure why, I’ll cling to this post this week !!!
 

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