Syracuse will be looking to notch its first victory of the season as the Orange host the Wagner Seahawks.
In a tight season opener, the Orange fell 23-17 to Penn State, and then they were dismantled, 48-27, against Northwestern.
While this looks like it is going to be a long season in Syracuse, things should get a little easier in this game.
Wagner is 1-1, but it is coming off of a 42-41 loss to Merrimack.
In other words, the Seahawks are going to see a little jump in competition this week. At least first-year Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer better hope they do.
When: Saturday, September 14 at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
TV Broadcast: This game will not be broadcast on TV.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Spread: Syracuse -28.5 via Covers.com
Injury info via USA Today.
Questionable: Ross Krautman, K, Undisclosed; Beckett Wales, TE, Ankle
Out: Adrian Flemming, WR, Leg; Macauley Hill, WR, Lower Body
Key Storyline: Can the Orange Stop a Weak Opponent?
While it shouldn't even be a question if Syracuse can stop the Wagner offense, it is. The Orange are 101st in the nation in points allowed. Syracuse is allowing 6.19 yards per play (h/t cfbstats.com). Opposing quarterbacks have hit 53-of-69 passes for six touchdowns and just two interceptions.
The biggest problem comes in the red zone, however. Opponents have found the end zone on all eight trips to the red zone against Syracuse.
The good news here for the Orange, besides the fact they're playing Wagner, is that the Seahawks did most of their damage on the ground last week when the running game exceeded the passing game in yards 244 to 174.
Syracuse is going to win. How can anyone reasonably predict anything else? However, it isn't going to be pretty. Quarterback Drew Allen has chucked six interceptions and only one score.
Wagner will be fired up to make an impression against a vulnerable team with a much bigger profile, and the Seahawks will keep it respectable.
Syracuse 32, Wagner 20