BIG EAST FOOTBALL: Syracuse Orange 2008 Season Predictions
Syracuse has suffered through three straight losing seasons and Coach Greg Robinson likely has one last chance to turn things around. A winning record is not necessarily a necessity for Coach Robinson to keep his job, but the team better at least start showing some progress.
As bad as the offense was last season, the defense was worse. Coach Robinson is a defensive minded leader and has even taken over co-defensive coordinator duties. Will the Orange have enough confidence in their secondary to blitz a lot?
The alternative, standing back and letting teams pick you apart, has proven not to be very effective.
Here are my predictions for the 2008 Syracuse Orange:
8/30 at NORTHWESTERN
Pat Fitzgerald's team is going to be stronger this season. QB C.J. Bacher and RB Tyrell Sutton will have great afternoons for the Wildcats.
Prediction: Loss (31-17)
The Zips are coming off a disastrous season and are shaking things up a bit. This will be the perfect opportunity for the Orange to get a win on the season.
Prediction: Win (28-20)
9/13 PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are tough this season and boast a slew of explosive receivers. The Orange will be over-matched from the start.
Prediction: Loss (31-7)
If Syracuse can't win this one, they should just give up.
Prediction: Win (37-20)
Heisman candidate LeSean McCoy runs all over the Orange.
Prediction: Loss (35-13)
10/11 at WEST VIRGINIA
This game will match the Big East best against the Big East worst.
Prediction: Loss (48-10)
10/18 at SOUTH FLORIDA
The Bulls will not have a let down against a much weaker Orange team.
Prediction: Loss (38-10)
Revenge game. The Cardinals should not have lost to the Orange last season and they will make sure not to let history repeat itself.
Prediction: Loss (45-17)
11/08 at RUTGERS
Mike Teel has a great day against the Syracuse secondary.
Prediction: Loss (38-14)
The Orange defense can't stop Tyler Lorenzen.
Prediction: Loss (37-13)
11/22 at NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame will be much improved this season and John Tenuta's blitzing defense will cause problems for the Orange offense.
Prediction: Loss (36-17)
11/29 at CINCINNATI
The Bearcats are a team on the rise. The Orange can't keep up.
Prediction: Loss (38-10)
Final Record: 2-10. Another horrific season for the Orange. Coach Greg Robinson will need to go back to the drawing board, that is if he is given the chance to.
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