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Make of the sign what you will.
One of the best and closest matchups of the week happens early Saturday, as Northwestern travels to the Carrier Dome to take on host Syracuse.
Now, neither of these teams are particularly great, but Syracuse is just two years removed from an 8-5 season and a Pinstripe Bowl victory, and even coach Doug Marrone's backslide to 5-7 last year was better than the five seasons prior to 2010. And considering the vast majority of a largely decent defense is back for Syracuse, the Orange could spell trouble for Northwestern here in the early going.
That all said, Northwestern's defense should be the most improved in the Big Ten this year—which says more about how bad it was last year than anything else, but still, improvement is improvement. The Northwestern offense, meanwhile, remains the most creative in the entire conference, and Syracuse will have its hands full slowing down the Wildcat attack.
It'll be close, but this should be Northwestern's game to win going away.
Final score: Northwestern 27, Syracuse 23