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Why Syracuse will win

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- Pitt has QB problems of heir own. The over-rated Phil Jurkovic flopped again and his back-up, Christian Veilleux, has worse numbers that Phil did, (50% completions for 6TD and 7 interceptions).

- We are due to actually catch an interception. God, are we due!

- Del Rio Wlson can’t be this bad. He has to start improving sometime.

- Alford, Brown and Hatcher will catch balls and Joens and Villari will have balls thrown to them.

- Cold, wet weather and the temporary sod over the infield will make this about the running game. And, believe it or not, we have a better running game than Pitt.

- LeQuint Allen and Marlowe Wax will will us to victory. They don’t’ deserve this.

- We’ll wind up bowl eligible just to make things interesting for Mr. Wildhack.

- The ghosts of our 1923 ‘national champions’, (per James Howell), will be hovering over us. Maybe we’ll win 3-0 again!


4-5 and 3 – or 4 – to go!

Stats that favor Syracuse:
SCORING OFFENSE SU- 24.56 PT – 20.67
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS SU- 353.0 PT – 314.9
OFFENSIVE FIRST DOWNS SU- 164 PT - 147
OFFENSIVE RUSHING YARDS SU- 153.1 PT – 102.6
OFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER ATTEMPT SU- 7.20 PT – 6.87
OFFENSIVE COMPLETION PERCENTAGE SU- 60.00 PT – 48.78
OFFENSIVE PASSING EFFICIENCY SU- 127.49 PT – 116.34
OFFENSIVE 3RD AND 4TH DOWN PERCENTAGE SU- 40.94 PT – 38.94
SCORING DEFENSE SU- 23.33 PT – 28.22
DEFENSIVE FIRST DOWNS SU- 164 PT - 181
DEFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER COMPLETION SU- 10.99 PT – 13.27
DEFFENSIVE PASSING YARDS PER ATTEMPT SU- 6.72 PT – 8.58
DEFENSIVE PASSING EFFICIENCY SU- 126.23 PT – 147.09
DEFENSIVE COMPLETION PERCENTAGE SU- 61.2 PT – 64.1
DEFENSIVE RED ZONE POINTS SU- 131/33 = 4.0 PT – 166/33 = 5.0
KICKOFFS THAT WERE RETURNED SU- 2/46 = 4.3% PT - 7/39 = 17.9%
OPPONENT KICKOFFS THAT WERE RETURNED SU- 10/46 = 21.7% PT – 12/48 = 25.0%
OPPONENT KICKOFF RETURNS SU- 17.50 PT – 19.57
PUNT RETURNS SU- 9.13 PT – 3.21
PUNTS RETURNED SU- 13/45 = 28.9% PT - 18/50 = 36.0%
OPPONENT PUNTS RETURNED SU- 23/42 = 54.8% PT - 7/39 = 17.9%
NET PUNTING SU- 40.42 PT – 35.78
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE SU- 9/13 = 69.2% PT – 6/10 = 60.00%
TURNOVER MARGIN SU- -2 PT - -4
PENALTIES SU- 56/497yds PT - 78/638yds
TIME OF POSSESSION SU- 27:04 PT – 28:17

Comments: We gain more yards, especially on the ground and score more points while giving up less, (a good thing to do). We don’t pass as deep but get more completions and more yards per attempt and more first downs. Our offense stays on the field a bit longer, (which would be a nice change). Our pass defense numbers are significantly better, despite the fact that we give up slightly more yards. Our red zone defense is better. Easily our most spectacular stat is that we’ve only allow two kickoff returns all season. We also give up fewer punt returns and Pitt goes nowhere when they try to return them. We should gain yards when exchanging punts. Their turnover margin is worse and they commit a lot more penalties than we do, (imagine that).


We have run for 153.1 yards per game and surrendered 153.1 yards rushing per game. I don’t know what that means but I thought I’d mention it.


Other stats that were about even:
BLOCKED KICKS ALLOWED SU- 0 PT - 0
(I’m assuming blocked kicks are placekicks and added them to blocked punts)
DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS SU- 2 PT – 2
LONGEST FG SU- 46 PT - 48
40 YARDS + SU- 2/5 = 40.0% PT – 3/7 = 42.9%

Comments: Neither team is good at hitting a decent sized field goal. Remember 2018 when Andre Szmyt hit a 54 yarder but Alex Kessman hit from 54 and 55? That’s not likely to happen this year.
 
This game is so huge for us, the entire season essentially hinges on this. We get out of there with a win, and I don’t care how ugly the win is, we will have a chance at being bowl eligible with a win over Wake on Thanksgiving weekend.

And to your point, you’re right.. LeQuint and Marlowe don’t deserve this. Caleb as well. These young men deserve a second bowl game.
 

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