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Syracuse held four Big East opponents to under 100 yards rushing: Pittsburgh (27 yards), Rutgers (85 yards), UConn (minus-six) and Louisville (48 yards). West Virginia quarterback, Geno Smith, is not going to be running unabated through the Orange's defense.
The Mountaineers and the Orange played last year, and the Orange won 49-23 after constantly pressuring Geno Smith. I don't expect that to change since Syracuse averages two sacks per game.
But one player can literally take the wind out of the Orange's sails, and that guy is Tavon Austin. If the Orange score points, they are going to have to kick it off to Austin, and that's a big risk because Austin is lightning in a bottle; he's scored two touchdowns on kick/punt returns this year.
If they kick away from him, they risk the ball going out of bounds (a foul) and giving the Mountaineers great field position. If they kick to him, Austin could burn them and take it to the house.
Tavon Austin is the X factor.