Syracuse Orange 4 Downs: How to Win the Desperation Bowl vs USF

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Syracuse Orange 4 Downs: How to Win the Desperation Bowl vs USF
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Four weeks ago, this looked like a great game. USF was looking like the Big East favorite and everyone knew that the Syracuse Orange had the potential to play well. ESPN2 was looking at another good game in the Dome with Big East title implications.

Then West Virginia had this game looking even better. Maybe the Bulls come around and this game decides the Big East? The Orange keep rolling into a national ranking and ESPN gets a Big East top 25 team.

Then both teams forgot how to play football. Well to be a homer, USF forgot four weeks or so ago, Syracuse just the past two. In what Andrea Adelson of ESPN is calling the Desperation Bowl, proudly sponsored by Sbarro!  (Kidding, but seriously. They have a large enough hold over food consumption here on campus it would not be surprising.)

In reality, this may be the Beef O' Brady play in bowl rather than the Desperation Bowl, as both teams need a win to gain bowl eligibility (or take a step to be very close in the case of USF). Syracuse has struggled these past weeks so just a fair warning: The keys to beating USF involve Orange improvement and consistency just as much as shutting down B.J. Daniels (more on this later).

If the Orange win, they go to a bowl, plain and simple. Will it be the Pinstripe Bowl? That more than likely involves winning out, and the Orange have not earned the right to look past the game at hand. So this week the Orange have to...

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