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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Posted on December 25, 2018 at 11:17 PM.
Virginia (3-4) @ #2 Syracuse (7-0)

The Orange will host the Cavaliers today in a game that should be easily winnable for Syracuse. The last two times that these teams met resulted in comfortable wins for the Orange, 22-0 in 2015 and 34-10 last year. The Cavaliers boast slightly below average offense and defense that should have trouble containing the high-powered Syracuse attack. The Orange don't look like they'll get a major test today but they do need to avoid throwing in the direction of Virginia defender Matt Jones who has already recorded 4 interceptions this year, proving to be a ball hawk. That being said, DeVito is one of the best decision makers in all of college football and should have no trouble leading his team to victory here today.

Prediction: 41-6 Syracuse

Virginia Cavaliers at Syracuse Orange
Oct 12, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Virginia Cavaliers (3-5)70143
#2 Syracuse Orange (8-0)107714
Virginia Cavaliers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
M. Banks17/2618110
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
L. Atkins12514.21
M. Banks111089.81
R. Alexander199.00
T. Jana111.00
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito33/4535433
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
T. DeVito121179.71
R. Patton12393.20
M. Pierre7446.21
A. Rawlins144.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
M. Archie1014114.10
R. Patton6223.60
D. Brown45914.80
A. Rawlins4297.33
M. Pierre3217.00
C. Campbell23919.50
B. Dennis22311.50
J. Workman11212.00
W. McKinney188.00


This game was much closer than most people expected that it would be. The Cavaliers came to play, forcing a whopping 5 turnovers from Syracuse and confusing their offense for most of the day. The game was within one score for most of the day, but Syracuse's defense did just enough to keep Virginia from being able to take control of the game. The Orange offense was simultaneously running smoothly and in disaster mode. They had little trouble moving the ball downfield through the air or the ground but an injury to starting HB Richard Patton and far too many turnovers led to a bad day overall. The defense was excellent in picking up the slack however. In what could have been a bad game they defended the pass very well for a second straight week and really kept Syracuse in this ball game. The defensive coordinator the past two years here at Syracuse deserves a lot of credit because there has not been much true talent on that side of the ball but they have held their own and proved to be a rather high-functioning unit. WR Matt Archie was the best player on offense today as he caught 10 passes for 141 yards, and WR Allen Rawlins caught 4 passes, 3 of them being touchdowns. After surviving the upset scare from Virginia, Syracuse will move on to play the Virginia Tech Hokies next week, a game that they will need to be hitting on all cylinders to win unlike today.

Final Score: 38-24 Syracuse
Monday, December 24, 2018
Posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:09 PM.
#2 Syracuse (6-0) @ Louisville (1-5)

The Orange continue their tour with a stop in Louisville this week. Despite the vast difference in success this season, Syracuse has struggled to beat Louisville in the past two seasons. Last year, an 18th ranked Syracuse squad lost by three scores at home to the Cardinals, and you can bet that the memory is still in the minds of all of these Syracuse players. The Cardinals have only one win this year, but they boast an offense that should be able to do much more than that if given the opportunity today. Syracuse has been strong on defense in recent weeks but they will get a major test on the road today. The game shouldn't be a blowout but look for the Orange to get a comfortable win and remain perfect.

Prediction: 35-14 Syracuse

Syracuse Orange at Louisville Cardinals
Oct 4, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#2 Syracuse Orange (7-0)71471038
Louisville Cardinals (1-6)370717
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito24/3332141
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
R. Patton19693.60
T. DeVito10727.21
M. Pierre3289.30
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
R. Patton77711.03
A. Rawlins44611.50
J. Workman44210.50
M. Archie410025.01
B. Dennis33210.70
C. Campbell11010.00
M. Pierre11414.00
Louisville Cardinals
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
M. Cunningham11/188910
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
C. Wilson131078.20
M. Cunningham10141.41
J. Flynn11919.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
J. Marshall3289.31
W. McDaniel23316.50
C. Wilson1-3-3.00
Y. Samuel111.00
L. Morris111.00
M. Sullivan12323.00
K. Parks133.00
J. Britt133.00


While Louisville managed to stay in the game in the first half, they began to stall on offense in the second and eventually fell out of the game. HB Colin Wilson was electric for the Cardinals but their passing game could not do enough damage to help sustain drives through the air when they fell behind. The Orange offense was barely slowed down by the Cardinals as Tommy DeVito accounted for 5 total touchdowns. FR HB Richard Patton continued his marvelous freshman campaign, topping 1000 all-purpose yards for the season, and scoring 3 receiving touchdowns. The offense has too many weapons to guard for an entire game, so defenses can only hope to contain them long enough to give their team a chance. The defense did not force any turnovers today but they held Louisville to 0/7 on third downs and only allowed 17 points to their explosive offense.

Final Score: 38-17 Syracuse
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Posted on December 9, 2018 at 10:47 PM.
#7 Syracuse (5-0) @ #6 West Virginia (5-0)

Coach Bays' first ever top-10 showdown features the Orange returning to Morgantown for the first time since their statement making upset last season of the then 5th ranked Mountaineers. West Virginia will be looking for revenge this year as they will once again look to defend home field and preserve their undefeated record for one more week. WVU QB Jordan Rouse has been electric this year while also not throwing a single interception to this point. Across the field from him will be Syracuse QB Tommy DeVito who is a leading Heisman candidate and with good reason. The Syracuse offense has not faced a test like West Virginia yet this season but they should be talented enough to come away with yet another win.

Prediction: 30-28 Syracuse

Syracuse Orange at West Virginia Mountaineers
Oct 7, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#7 Syracuse Orange (6-0)1421141665
#6 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1)7140021
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
5:49(SYR) R. Patton, 18 yd pass from T. DeVito70
4:34(WVU) B. Logan, 6 yd pass from J. Rouse77
0:44(SYR) C. Campbell, 15 yd pass from T. DeVito147
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
6:16(SYR) R. Patton, 5 yd run217
4:01(WVU) R. Roberson, 36 yd pass from J. Rouse2114
2:53(SYR) C. Campbell, 16 yd pass from T. DeVito2814
1:27(WVU) P. Rowe, 26 yd pass from J. Rouse2821
0:08(SYR) A. Rawlins, 3 yd run3521
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
3:46(SYR) R. Patton, 3 yd run4221
0:59(SYR) C. Campbell, 6 yd pass from T. DeVito4921
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
6:38(SYR) R. Patton, 2 yd run5621
2:58(SYR) Team Safety5821
0:35(SYR) J. Green, 1 yd run6521
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito32/4347241
D. Reed7/118301
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
R. Patton12221.83
T. DeVito9465.10
J. Green7121.71
D. Reed35418.00
A. Rawlins221.01
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
A. Rawlins710414.30
C. Campbell66510.83
M. Archie68914.80
J. Workman55711.40
R. Patton512625.21
D. Brown4348.50
M. Pierre23316.50
J. Green2126.00
S. Lake11414.00
B. Dennis12121.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
D. Williams8010
P. Coleman5200
K. Smith1100
West Virginia Mountaineers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
J. Rouse19/3119731
K. Stewart2/42000
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
J. Page8587.20
J. Rouse7-12-1.70
M. Robinson1-4-4.00
K. Stewart111.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
R. Roberson510120.21
J. Page5112.20
P. Rowe36321.01
T. Simpson3-1-0.30
B. Barron2178.50
M. Doyle11010.00
C. Ham11010.00
B. Logan166.01
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
K. Robinson16000
E. Brown8000
M. McGrew7000
S. Billings7100
W. Battle5000
J. Penn5000
J. Moore2010


This game got out of hand quickly and Syracuse ran away with it in the second half, shutting out the Mountaineers. West Virginia got some offense going in the first half but could not stop Syracuse's passing game as Tommy DeVito threw for over 400 yards and 4 scores. The running game was shut down for much of the day despite 5 scores on the ground. The biggest reason for the win was the defense not allowing big plays and forcing punt after punt by the Mountaineer offense. HB Richard Patton had a rough day on the ground but made his presence felt still by running for 3 scores and getting over 100 yards and an additional score through the air. Patton is a young player but he has already done a great job showing his nose for the endzone and should develop into a great back for the Orange. WR Allen Rawlins had over 100 yards receiving yet again but SO WR Charles Campbell was the surprise, with 6 catches and 3 scores. The blowout gave fans and coaches a chance to see quarterback of the future DJuan Reed play and he was good at making plays but showed his youth with a bad interception in the endzone when he should have given up on the play. Reed ran extremely effectively, showing his elite athleticism and versatility. This game should secure Syracuse's standing as one of the best title contenders this season as well as hoist DeVito back into the front of the Heisman conversation. Syracuse moves to 6-0 and will hit the road to play a struggling Louisville team next week.

Final Score: 65-21 Syracuse
Posted on December 9, 2018 at 07:18 PM.
#12 Notre Dame (3-1) @ #11 Syracuse (4-0)

This weekend's premier matchup features the 12th ranked Fighting Irish going up against the undefeated 11th ranked Orange in a rivalry game. The game will be played at MetLife Stadium but that should still favor Syracuse fans because it is so much closer to their school than Notre Dame. The Irish have a good team this year and are going to provide Syracuse with the toughest test they have faced to this point in the year. Tommy DeVito will have to be diligent to make good decisions and protect the football against a good defense. Notre Dame's only loss came on the road against undefeated #10 West Virginia, where Syracuse will travel next week. The Orange defense is an area of concern for them heading into this game because they will need to play better than they did in the second half against K-State if they want to have a shot at winning this one. It's a toss up but the star power of Tommy DeVito should take over in the clutch and seal the win for Syracuse to move to 5-0 and 3-0 against Notre Dame during Coach Bays' tenure.

Prediction: 38-35 Syracuse

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Syracuse Orange
Sep 30, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-2)3301420
#11 Syracuse Orange (5-0)3239742
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGNDSYR
4:21(SYR) D. Clemons, 25 yd FG03
2:10(ND) A. Sullivan, 24 yd FG33
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGNDSYR
7:28(SYR) D. Clemons, 32 yd FG36
4:01(SYR) L. Williams, returned interception 6 yds (missed XP)312
1:04(SYR) T. DeVito, 7 yd run319
0:02(ND) A. Sullivan, 38 yd FG619
0:00(SYR) M. Archie, returned kickoff 96 yds626
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGNDSYR
4:35(SYR) D. Clemons, 22 yd FG629
1:05(SYR) A. Rawlins, 12 yd pass from T. DeVito (missed XP)635
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGNDSYR
5:32(ND) B. Garcia, 3 yd run1335
3:29(SYR) R. Patton, 31 yd pass from T. DeVito1342
3:02(ND) C. Holmes, returned kickoff 102 yds2042
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
B. Garcia23/3526901
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
C. Holmes14664.70
B. Garcia10-14-1.41
G. Martin1-2-2.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
O. Hawkins5438.60
J. Armstrong511322.60
C. Holmes4225.50
M. Young44611.50
R. Brown3268.60
C. Kmet188.00
G. Martin11111.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
N. Duncan8000
D. Adams7000
J. Owusu-Koramoah6000
I. Robertson5000
J. Houston3010
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito26/3328321
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
R. Patton20733.60
T. DeVito9697.61
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
R. Patton6498.11
A. Rawlins5448.81
D. Brown44310.70
B. Dennis44310.70
M. Archie34414.60
J. Workman2168.00
C. Campbell24422.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
T. Richards7000
L. Williams7011
D. Williams6000
B. Fernando5000
B. Meade3200
Z. Morton1100


This game was not as close as expected as Syracuse shut the Notre Dame offense down all day and held them out of the endzone until the 4th quarter. Syracuse got touchdowns in all three phases of the game as playmaking SO SS Lance Williams scored a pick-six and SO WR Matt Archie ran a kick back 96 yards at the halftime buzzer. Tommy DeVito threw for nearly 300 yards and 2 scores while running for 70 yards and another score. He has not had a bad game yet this season while accounting for 19 touchdowns and just 2 turnovers. FR HB Richard Patton had his least efficient game of the season but he was still able to rack up 110 total yards and a score. This was a good team win to move the Orange to 5-0 on the season and likely into the top 10 of the rankings next week.

Final Score: 42-20 Syracuse
Posted on December 9, 2018 at 02:24 AM.
#13 Syracuse (3-0) @ Kansas State (0-3)

Syracuse travels to Manhattan, Kansas to play the Wildcats. The Wildcats are in the midst of a rough season and they will now face the 13th ranked Orange in a game that they are being given little chance to win. The biggest change in the Syracuse offense this season is that they are no longer turning the ball over as much, owning the #4 turnover differential in the nation. Kansas State lost to an FCS team at home to open the season, and are now coming off a 36-point loss to #6 USC. The Wildcats are clearly over-matched and they might well be the worst opponent that Syracuse will face this season. The Orange should roll.

Prediction: 52-7 Syracuse

Syracuse Orange at Kansas State Wildcats
Sep 24, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#13 Syracuse Orange (4-0)720141455
Kansas State Wildcats (0-4)00141428
Team Stats Comparison
SYRKSU
Total Offense607442
Rushing Yards187136
Passing Yards420306
First Downs2417
Punt Return Yards140
Kick Return Yards3454
Total Yards655496
Turnovers00
3rd Down Conversion6/97/14
4th Down Conversion0/00/0
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals6-5-07-4-0
Penalties1-53-20
Possession Time16:2115:29
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGSYRKSU
0:30(SYR) T. DeVito, 3 yd run70
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGSYRKSU
4:19(SYR) T. DeVito, 22 yd run140
1:40(SYR) A. Rawlins, 85 yd pass from T. DeVito200
1:06(SYR) J. Workman, 58 yd pass from T. DeVito270
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGSYRKSU
6:35(KSU) G. Walker, 16 yd run277
4:45(SYR) D. Brown, 8 yd pass from T. DeVito347
2:50(SYR) T. DeVito, 8 yd run417
0:00(KSU) G. Walker, 8 yd run4114
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGSYRKSU
4:54(SYR) M. Pierre, 7 yd pass from D. Reed4814
3:48(KSU) B. Bell, 3 yd run4821
1:53(SYR) R. Patton, 1 yd run5521
0:49(KSU) B. Bell, 0 yd run5528
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito21/3041330
D. Reed1/2710
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
R. Patton16905.61
T. DeVito9748.23
J. Green8121.50
D. Reed2115.50
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
A. Rawlins514328.61
R. Patton47017.50
M. Archie33210.70
D. Brown33913.01
B. Dennis34214.00
J. Workman27839.01
M. Pierre177.01
W. McKinney199.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
N. Fagan6100
T. Richards5100
L. Williams5100
P. Coleman5000
C. Harper3100
Z. Morton2100
M. Malone1100
R. Phillips11100
Kansas State Wildcats
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
G. Walker19/2829800
R. Reid1/1800
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
G. Walker16523.22
W. Davenport11605.40
B. Bell4266.52
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
B. Bell812315.30
A. Bratton4225.50
B. Goodwater46817.00
J. Horton27336.50
M. Scott188.00
C. Carter11212.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
A. Louis7000
J. Newsome6000
D. Williams5000
J. Riley5000
M. Burton5000
D. Wiley5100
A. Payne1100


This game was never close as Syracuse jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead and coasted to an easy victory. Kansas State could not stop the Orange offense all game and it took them too long to get their own offense rolling. The Orange were led by Tommy DeVito's six total touchdowns, three through the air and three on the ground. FR HB Richard Patton ran for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown while JR WR Allen Rawlins had a monster receiving output in the win. SO QB D'Juan Reed threw his first career touchdown in relief of DeVito today and JR TE Drew Brown scored for the first time in his career as well. The defense did not force the takeaways it was expected to against an opponent like the Wildcats but it didn't matter as the offense held onto the ball themselves as well. Syracuse moves to 4-0 on the year and the "Tommy DeVito 4 Heisman" hype train will keep on rolling for at least one more week.

Final Score: 55-28 Syracuse
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Posted on December 8, 2018 at 05:26 PM.
Illinois (1-0) @ #16 Syracuse (2-0)

Syracuse remains at home for a third straight game, this time against lowly Illinois. The defense has been a concern despite holding Oklahoma to only 23 points last week. They gave up nearly 500 yards of offense and have generated little pass rush the first two weeks of the season. SR QB Tommy DeVito is the Heisman front-runner and looks to keep his hot streak going against one of the least successful programs in recent history. Illinois got off to a good start by beating North Texas last week but they will struggle to have the same success against this Syracuse team on the road. Syracuse should put up plenty of points in an easy victory.

Prediction: 42-16 Syracuse

Illinois Fighting Illini at Syracuse Orange
Sep 18, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1)607013
#16 Syracuse Orange (3-0)31032137
Team Stats Comparison
ILLSYR
Total Offense328501
Rushing Yards210190
Passing Yards118311
First Downs1528
Punt Return Yards00
Kick Return Yards7139
Total Yards399540
Turnovers30
3rd Down Conversion4/911/17
4th Down Conversion0/10/0
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals2-1-07-4-2
Penalties3-150-0
Possession Time10:4421:16
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGILLSYR
4:44(ILL) M. Epstein, 26 yd run60
1:49(SYR) D. Clemons, 19 yd FG63
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGILLSYR
1:27(SYR) M. Archie, 1 yd pass from T. DeVito610
0:32(SYR) D. Clemons, 44 yd FG613
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGILLSYR
3:34(SYR) D. Clemons, 21 yd FG616
2:27(ILL) M. Epstein, 17 yd run1316
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGILLSYR
7:23(SYR) A. Rawlins, 4 yd pass from T. DeVito1323
3:38(SYR) M. Archie, 0 yd pass from T. DeVito1330
0:16(SYR) R. Patton, 3 yd run1337
Illinois Fighting Illini
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
C. Thomas1/11100
B. Whitmore8/1810701
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
B. Whitmore19743.80
M. Epstein911212.42
K. Smith11010.00
J. Sims12020.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
J. Sims34916.30
K. Smith22814.00
C. Thomas2147.00
M. Maxey155.00
C. Peters12222.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
J. Gordon10100
C. Christian7000
I. Ware6000
M. Crooks6000
J. Tremblay5000
J. Perez5000
T. Lambert3100
O. Carney Jr1100
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito29/3931130
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
R. Patton241104.51
T. DeVito15684.50
J. Green4112.70
W. McKinney111.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
J. Workman8769.50
M. Archie67312.12
B. Dennis45112.70
A. Rawlins3175.61
R. Patton34615.30
C. Campbell2115.50
M. Baker188.00
L. Davis188.00
D. Brown 12121.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
R. Davis5010
L. Williams5000
P. Coleman5100
B. Meade4200
Z. Morton4200
J. Houston2200
T. Richards5100
C. Harper1100


Illinois put up a good fight for three quarters before Syracuse's talent took over. The Fighting Illini shut down the Orange offense, allowing only 16 points through three quarters before a 21-point fourth quarter onslaught. The pass rush finally came alive for Syracuse as they totaled 9 sacks and 4 forced fumbles today. They defended the pass exceptionally allowing under 50% completion percentage, 100 yards passing, zero scores, and an interception. Offensively, SR QB Tommy DeVito once again played at a Heisman level as he threw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns without turning the ball over a single time. FR HB Richard Patton had his first career 100-yard game rushing while also finding the endzone once. SO WR Matt Archie snagged two scoring tosses and SO WR Jonathan Workman was the go-to target catching 8 passes for 76 yards. Syracuse still has not rounded into top form but are doing what they need to and are sitting at 3-0.

Final Score: 37-13 Syracuse
Posted on December 8, 2018 at 03:14 PM.
#12 Oklahoma (0-0) @ #20 Syracuse (1-0)

Syracuse will open ACC play by hosting the 12th ranked Sooners of Oklahoma. Oklahoma has not played a game yet while Syracuse had a comfortable, if not perfect, win over lowly UNLV last week. The offense was near perfect, racking up over 500 total yards and not turning the ball over even once. The defense was a liability however and if they fail to play better against the Sooners they will not be bailed out as easily. Oklahoma could be overrated and are playing their first game of the season so they could have some rust. Syracuse pulls the upset in this top-20 battle behind the arm of DeVito.

Prediction: 44-35 Syracuse

Oklahoma Sooners at Syracuse Orange
Sep 11, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#12 Oklahoma Sooners (0-1)737623
#20 Syracuse Orange (2-0)71471038
Team Stats Comparison
OKLASYR
Total Offense473579
Rushing Yards76164
Passing Yards397415
First Downs2132
Punt Return Yards60
Kick Return Yards920
Total Yards571579
Turnovers32
3rd Down Conversion9/142/6
4th Down Conversion0/10/0
2-Point Conversion0/10/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals7-3-17-4-1
Penalties1-50-0
Possession Time13:3318:27
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGOKLASYR
5:57(OKLA) T. Sermon, 17 yd run70
2:56(SYR) W. McKinney, 2 yd run77
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGOKLASYR
7:37(OKLA) J. Chambers, 33 yd FG107
2:28(SYR) R. Patton, 54 yd pass from T. DeVito1014
0:03(SYR) A. Rawlins, 5 yd pass from T. DeVito1021
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGOKLASYR
4:47(OKLA) T. Young, 4 yd pass from N. McConnell1721
3:28(SYR) R. Patton, 1 yd run1728
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGOKLASYR
4:50(OKLA) T. Sermon, 2 yd run (2-pt failed)2328
2:44(SYR) D. Clemons, 17 yd FG2331
0:44(SYR) R. Patton, 5 yd run2338
Oklahoma Sooners
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
N. McConnell33/5739713
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
T. Sermon10707.02
N. McConnell242.00
R. Butler122.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
T. Butler1012012.00
C. Rambo710414.80
T. Sermon5408.00
D. Newman34414.60
T. Young35117.01
J. Harrison294.50
C. Owens11313.00
D. Miller11212.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
J. Bell10000
T. Lott6100
T. Hill6000
B. Dunbar5000
L. Draper5010
J. Harris5000
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito33/3841521
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
R. Patton21904.22
T. DeVito12615.00
A. Rawlins221.00
J. Green111.00
W. McKinney122.01
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
M. Archie812916.10
R. Patton69315.51
A. Rawlins5438.61
B. Dennis45614.00
J. Workman34515.00
D. Brown3227.30
J. Green2136.50
W. McKinney2147.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
D. Williams6000
L. Williams6000
B. Fernando5010
R. Phillips4010
R. Davis2010


Syracuse played a complete game en route to knocking off #12 Oklahoma. Tommy DeVito once again accounted for nearly 500 yards of offense and added two more touchdown tosses while FR HB Richard Patton had nearly 200 yards and 3 scores himself. The defense picked off Oklahoma's quarterback three times despite allowing a gaudy yardage total. Holding the Sooners to only 23 points is an accomplishment as well due to the high powered offense that this team possesses. Syracuse moves to 2-0 on the season and it wouldn't be a surprise if they find themselves in the top 15 next week after this upset victory.

Final Score: 38-23 Syracuse
Friday, December 7, 2018
Posted on December 7, 2018 at 06:20 PM.
UNLV (0-0) @ #23 Syracuse (0-0)

The Orange open their new campaign ranked 23rd in the nation and ready to take on the Rebels of UNLV. UNLV went just 2-10 last season and will now be competing in the MAC. For Syracuse, they return Heisman front-runner Tommy DeVito for his senior year as well as plenty of talent across the offense and defense. JR HB John Green, SR HB Markenzy Pierre, SO HB Cody Bullock, FR HB Richard Patton, and FR HB Jamar Duckett will all be competing for the starting job in the backfield alongside DeVito. At receiver JR WR Allen Rawlins, SO WR Beau Dennis, and SO WR Matt Archie all return to give DeVito weapons to throw to. SO TE Drew Brown and SO TE Larry Davis will battle for that job. On defense JR DE Ben Meade and FR DE Matt Malone are battling for a starting job, as well as the MLB competition being reopened to SO LB Pete Coleman and SO LB Shawn Anderson. Two true freshman are starting at corner alongside JR Ross Davis for the Orange this year. Syracuse should roll a weak UNLV program and move to 1-0 on the season.

Prediction: 56-10 Syracuse

UNLV Rebels at Syracuse Orange
Sep 5, 20171ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
UNLV Rebels (0-1)10061430
#23 Syracuse Orange (1-0)21671448
Team Stats Comparison
UNLVSYR
Total Offense443585
Rushing Yards129150
Passing Yards314435
First Downs1624
Punt Return Yards924
Kick Return Yards8359
Total Yards535668
Turnovers10
3rd Down Conversion4/127/11
4th Down Conversion1/10/0
2-Point Conversion1/20/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals5-1-28-3-2
Penalties0-00-0
Possession Time11:3520:25
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGUNLVSYR
5:50(SYR) A. Rawlins, 52 yd pass from T. DeVito07
4:24(UNLV) D. Tejchman, 41 yd pass from C. Garbers77
3:35(SYR) B. Dennis, 55 yd pass from T. DeVito714
1:53(UNLV) J. McRae, 44 yd FG1014
0:07(SYR) T. DeVito, 9 yd run1021
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGUNLVSYR
0:41(SYR) D. Clemons, 21 yd FG1024
0:00(SYR) D. Clemons, 30 yd FG1027
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGUNLVSYR
6:00(UNLV) J. McRae, 23 yd FG1327
4:11(SYR) R. Patton, 26 yd pass from T. DeVito1334
2:16(UNLV) J. McRae, 27 yd FG1634
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGUNLVSYR
7:52(UNLV) C. Garbers, 1 yd run2434
5:38(SYR) R. Patton, 5 yd run2441
3:07(SYR) R. Patton, 18 yd pass from T. DeVito2448
2:20(UNLV) Z. Pope, 74 yd pass from C. Garbers3048
UNLV Rebels
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
C. Garbers23/3331421
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
C. Garbers15523.41
T. Hollandsworth8405.00
D. Thompson23718.50
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
T. Hollandsworth781.10
D. Tejchman45814.51
J. Neal48721.70
D. Price4379.20
Z. Pope27839.01
D. Thompson24623.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
N. Barrett7000
C. Thomas7000
M. Young7000
J. Johnson5000
K. Moses5000
T. Quinn5000
L. O'Neill4100
C. Davis3100
M. Brown2100
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito28/3343540
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
R. Patton13584.41
T. DeVito12564.61
J. Green7192.70
J. Duckett3134.30
C. Bullock144.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
J. Workman66911.50
M. Archie57114.20
R. Patton47117.72
A. Rawlins37224.01
D. Brown3206.70
B. Dennis38929.71
C. Campbell144.00
C. Bullock133.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
P. Coleman8000
T. Richards7100
R. Phillips5000
L. Williams5000
B. Meade4200
B. Fernando3010
S. Anderson2100


Syracuse won easily but it was a good thing they took a game to warm up because the defense struggled against UNLV's offense today. Several key position battles were decided in this game and here are the results:
HB - FR Richard Patton
TE - SO Drew Brown
LE - JR Ben Meade
MLB - SO Pete Coleman
FS - JR Jeremy Key

The defense let too many big plays happen and it led to UNLV scoring 30 points on the road against Syracuse. The offense worked nearly without a flaw however. Tommy DeVito threw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns while running for another 60 yards and a score. FR HB Richard Patton emerged as a potential star alongside DeVito, totaling over 100 total yards and scoring 3 times. The receiving core looked talented and deep across the board. The only struggles on offense were related to an offensive line that can sometimes fail to move people up front or protect the quarterback up the middle. FR CB Blake Fernando got his first career interception and was all over receivers all day, showing his coverage skills. SO SS Lance Williams missed some tackles today and showed his youth in an otherwise good performance. Next week Syracuse needs to be playing better because they will kick off ACC play.

Final Score: 48-30 Syracuse
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Posted on December 1, 2018 at 02:56 AM.
Boston College (9-2) @ Syracuse (7-4)

Rivalry week is upon us and Boston College will travel to Syracuse to play the Orange. Last season, Syracuse embarrassed the Eagles in Boston by a final score of 63-23, so revenge will be on their minds. Considering this is a rivalry game both teams will be motivated Syracuse is coming off back to back wins and will look to continue the hot streak at home. Boston College are coming off an upset loss to 5-6 Indiana that dropped them out of the rankings altogether. The Eagles are paced by Heisman frontrunner HB AJ Dillon who has run for nearly 2000 yards and 23 touchdowns through 11 games. Their team also leads the nation in turnover differential so it's important that Syracuse can hold on to the football today. The Eagles win games by running the ball down the opponents throat and not letting their offense get going with stifling defense. It will be a clash of strategies when these teams meet and whoever can play their game most effectively will be the team to come out on top. The Orange own the #2 pass offense in the country but will be going against the #17 pass defense. Conversely, Boston College's #9 rushing offense will square off against the #1 rushing defense of Syracuse. This game looks like one that Boston College could win but it's risky to count Tommy DeVito out against any defense, no matter the talent level. Syracuse should be able to pull away late and secure a win.

Final Score: 31-21 Syracuse


Boston College Eagles at Syracuse Orange
Nov 26, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Boston College Eagles (9-3)077721
Syracuse Orange (8-4)71432448
Team Stats Comparison
BCSYR
Total Offense313632
Rushing Yards1528
Passing Yards298374
First Downs8258
Punt Return Yards021
Kick Return Yards7636
Total Yards389689
Turnovers31
3rd Down Conversion2/104/8
4th Down Conversion0/10/1
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals2-1-09-5-2
Penalties0-00-0
Possession Time12:2419:36
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGBCSYR
2:27(SYR) J. Green, 1 yd run07
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGBCSYR
3:30(SYR) B. Dennis, 1 yd pass from T. DeVito014
1:33(BC) M. Bracken, 22 yd pass from A. Brown714
1:13(SYR) A. Noel, 74 yd pass from T. DeVito721
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGBCSYR
4:32(SYR) L. King, 29 yd FG724
2:27(BC) J. Treangen, 1 yd run1424
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGBCSYR
7:58(SYR) L. King, 20 yd FG1427
5:32(SYR) T. DeVito, 3 yd run1434
5:10(BC) J. McClain, 75 yd pass from A. Brown2134
3:03(SYR) B. Dennis, 8 yd pass from T. DeVito2141
1:44(SYR) J. Green, 4 yd run2148
Boston College Eagles
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
A. Brown15/2529822
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
A. Dillon11383.40
A. Brown10-24-2.40
J. Treangen111.01
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
C. Hayes46215.50
K. White37926.30
A. Dillon273.50
J. McClain211055.01
K. Idrizi22010.00
M. Bracken12222.01
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
J. Lamot9000
I. Miranda8000
B. Stewart7000
J. Muse7000
J. Riley5000
B. Sebastian5000
B. Moore3100
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito25/3237430
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
J. Green271244.52
T. DeVito141168.21
M. Pierre2189.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
A. Noel820625.71
B. Dennis4399.82
J. Green4256.30
A. Hackett44812.00
A. Rawlins33511.70
M. Archie22110.50
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
T. Richards7200
P. Coleman6200
K. Coleman4100
R. Davis3010
R. Bush2010
L. Williams1100
K. Jonathan1100



Syracuse dominated Boston College in every aspect of the game during a 48-21 victory. The Orange gained over 600 yards of offense while only really allowing big plays themselves. Heisman contender AJ Dillon was held to just 32 yards on 10 carries without a score. Meanwhile, Tommy DeVito threw for 350 yards and 3 scores while running for another 116 and a score. FR WR Beau Dennis was on the receiving end of two of his scores while SR WR Aaron Noel accounted for 206 yards and the other score. SO HB John Green ran well, amassing 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense turned over Boston College QB Anthony Brown three times, including JR CB Ross Davis' fifth interception of the season. SO LB Tyrell Richards had a big day with 7 tackles, 4 for loss, and 2 sacks. The team did not have to punt a single time and was solid all around, building momentum for their bowl game.

Final Score: 48-21 Syracuse
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Posted on November 29, 2018 at 06:39 PM.
Syracuse (6-4) @ Virginia (4-6)

The Orange travel to Charlottesville to take on the Cavaliers. Syracuse is coming off a dominant win over ACC bottom-dweller Indiana. Virginia have been regulars near the bottom of the standings as well in recent years, needing to win out to have a shot at a bowl game this year. The Cavaliers were shut out in Syracuse last year in a 22-0 late-season loss to the Orange. Tommy DeVito is on a hot streak the last two weeks in which he has completed over 70% of his passes, thrown for nearly 800 yards, and has scored 8 touchdowns with only one turnover. Virginia is once again ranked in the bottom 25 in offense so look for the Orange defense to continue riding the momentum and the offense to score a whole lot of points. The Orange should roll.

Prediction: 51-13 Syracuse

Syracuse Orange at Virginia Cavaliers
Nov 21, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Syracuse Orange (7-4)31071434
Virginia Cavaliers (4-7)370010
Team Stats Comparison
SYRUVA
Total Offense498251
Rushing Yards15426
Passing Yards344225
First Downs2414
Punt Return Yards1311
Kick Return Yards4189
Total Yards552351
Turnovers20
3rd Down Conversion5/123/12
4th Down Conversion1/10/1
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals8-4-22-0-1
Penalties1-152-15
Possession Time18:1613:44
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGSYRUVA
5:07(SYR) L. King, 24 yd FG30
2:31(UVA) A. Mejia, 23 yd FG33
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGSYRUVA
5:14(UVA) T. Jana, 37 yd pass from M. Merrick310
3:07(SYR) A. Rawlins, 1 yd pass from T. DeVito1010
0:00(SYR) L. King, 23 yd FG1310
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGSYRUVA
3:54(SYR) J. Green, 5 yd run2010
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGSYRUVA
6:45(SYR) T. DeVito, 7 yd run2710
0:20(SYR) B. Dennis, 13 yd pass from R. Culpepper3410
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito24/3833112
R. Culpepper1/11310
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
J. Green231255.41
T. DeVito7202.81
M. Pierre393.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
J. Green66010.00
A. Noel614924.80
A. Rawlins44912.21
B. Dennis46115.31
M. Baker11010.00
D. Brown188.00
A. Hackett199.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
P. Coleman8000
L. Williams6000
J. Key5000
K. Jonathan5400
T. Richards5000
C. Harper3100
J. Houston2100
Virginia Cavaliers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
M. Merrick22/3222510
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
L. Atkins12433.50
M. Merrick12-15-1.20
T. Jana1-2-2.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
L. Atkins6223.60
E. Baldwin4389.50
S. Smith44611.50
D. Cross34214.00
T. Jana25326.51
D. Pratt2136.50
R. Alexander11111.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
B. Nelson10010
S. Sullivan8000
J. Blount5000
M. Dwumfour3100
M. Jones0010


Despite winning by 24 the Orange could've won by much more. This team is inconsistent and doesn't always look like the same team playing out there. Tommy DeVito threw a pair of interceptions in the first half and the offense as a whole did not look fully in sync until after halftime. SO HB John Green got the start this week and ran with the opportunity. He ran for 125 yards and touchdown while also leading the team in receptions with 6 for 60 yards. SR WR Aaron Noel continued a hot streak as well as he had 150 yards through the air. The defense gave up yards to Virginia and did not manage a takeaway but they clamped down on the running game all afternoon, allowing 26 yards on 25 carries. SR DE Kingsley Jonathan increased his nation-leading sack total with his third game this season of 4+ sacks. Syracuse improves to 7-4 and now will finish the season with a home game against rival Boston College.

Final Score: 34-10 Syracuse
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Posted on November 28, 2018 at 05:17 PM.
Indiana (4-5) @ Syracuse (5-4)

Syracuse hosts the Hoosiers hoping to avoid dropping a third straight game. A win will grant the Orange bowl eligibility but a loss would really send the season in a downward spiral. Indiana has offensive struggles but those are generally cured by facing the Syracuse defense. Last season, Tommy DeVito threw 3 ugly interceptions but ran for over 100 yards during a 38-17 win in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are coming off a 42 point home loss to the Fighting Irish and will limp into Syracuse for this game. It could stay close for 3 quarters but the Orange should pull away for a victory.

Prediction: 35-21 Syracuse

Indiana Hoosiers at Syracuse Orange
Nov 14, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Indiana Hoosiers (4-6)00707
Syracuse Orange (6-4)71471442
Team Stats Comparison
INDSYR
Total Offense184470
Rushing Yards53199
Passing Yards131271
First Downs819
Punt Return Yards09
Kick Return Yards4347
Total Yards227526
Turnovers31
3rd Down Conversion3/113/5
4th Down Conversion0/00/0
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals2-1-05-4-0
Penalties1-153-25
Possession Time11:2320:37
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGINDSYR
4:49(SYR) S. Anderson, fumble recovery in endzone 0 yds07
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGINDSYR
4:59(SYR) W. McKinney, 2 yd pass from T. DeVito014
1:07(SYR) T. DeVito, 20 yd run021
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGINDSYR
5:02(SYR) A. Noel, 28 yd pass from T. DeVito028
3:45(IND) M. Ellison, 16 yd run728
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGINDSYR
7:57(SYR) J. Green, 3 yd run735
6:50(SYR) M. Archie, 13 yd pass from T. DeVito742
Indiana Hoosiers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
P. Ramsey20/3113102
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
P. Ramsey8162.00
M. Ellison5377.41
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
M. Ellison10383.80
T. Mack57114.20
R. Allen4123.00
T. Fryfogle11010.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
J. Burgess7000
J. Cox6000
A. Ross5000
R. Layne5010
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito18/2227131
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
J. Green12847.01
T. DeVito89912.31
M. Pierre7101.40
R. Culpepper166.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
A. Noel614424.01
M. Archie3227.31
J. Green34113.60
W. McKinney2126.01
B. Dennis2189.00
M. Pierre188.00
A. Hackett12626.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
R. Phillips6000
T. Richards5010
C. Jones5000
R. Davis2010
K. Coleman1100


Syracuse came out ready to make a statement and bounce back. They maintained a shutout for 2 1/2 quarters of play and allowed only 7 points in a dominant 42-7 win. The offense turned to ball control so the yards didn't pile up as usual, but still scored plenty of points. The defense was harassing all game, taking the ball away 3 times and scoring once on a blocked punt. JR QB Tommy DeVito was electric, throwing for 300 yards, rushing for 100, and scoring 4 times. JR HB Markenzy Pierre ran poorly once again and was then knocked out with a concussion in the second quarter. SO HB John Green came in and ran extremely well to likely wrestle the starting job away from Pierre. SR WR Aaron Noel was also a big factor in the win with 150 yards and a touchdown receiving. The Orange move to 6-4 with the victory and will try to keep it rolling next week against Virginia.

Final Score: 42-7 Syracuse
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Posted on November 27, 2018 at 09:16 PM.
Virginia Tech (5-3) @ Syracuse (5-3)

Syracuse heads back home unranked again after a blowout loss to Louisville. The team fell apart and lost captain Tommy DeVito early on last week, leading to the lopsided defeat. Essentially ruled out of the division race at this point Syracuse can only play spoiler for other teams fighting to win it. Last year, Syracuse traveled to Blacksburg and were upset on a game-winning touchdown pass by Josh Jackson with only 38 seconds remaining to give the Hokies a 33-32 victory. This year, Virginia Tech have the same record as Syracuse and are riding a two game losing streak into this matchup. SR QB Josh Jackson has accounted for nearly 2300 total yards and 23 touchdowns through eight games and it is imperative that the Orange find out some way to slow him down if they want to win. Syracuse will look to start fast and not allow this game to get away from them like they did last week. Playing in front of a home crowd should help give them the advantage and lead them to a close win at home.

Prediction: 37-28 Syracuse

Virginia Tech Hokies at Syracuse Orange
Nov 7, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3)71014738
Syracuse Orange (5-4)71031535
Team Stats Comparison
VTSYR
Total Offense430585
Rushing Yards12873
Passing Yards302512
First Downs1722
Punt Return Yards228
Kick Return Yards16124
Total Yards613617
Turnovers01
3rd Down Conversion4/1010/15
4th Down Conversion0/00/0
2-Point Conversion0/01/1
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals6-4-15-2-1
Penalties1-21-5
Possession Time11:2123:37
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGVTSYR
3:14(VT) J. Jackson, 9 yd run70
1:19(SYR) A. Noel, 18 yd pass from T. DeVito77
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGVTSYR
4:43(SYR) L. King, 40 yd FG710
4:15(VT) T. Wheatley, returned kickoff 101 yds1410
3:32(SYR) B. Dennis, 73 yd pass from T. DeVito1417
1:04(VT) S. Morris, 22 yd FG1717
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGVTSYR
7:31(VT) T. Wheatley, 13 yd run2417
5:03(SYR) L. King, 22 yd FG2420
1:26(VT) T. Wheatley, 4 yd run3120
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGVTSYR
6:00(SYR) A. Rawlins, 11 yd pass from T. DeVito (2-pt)3128
2:42(VT) D. Murphy, 11 yd pass from J. Jackson3828
1:43(SYR) B. Dennis, 67 yd pass from T. DeVito3835
Virginia Tech Hokies
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
J. Jackson14/1630210
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
T. Wheatley17633.72
J. Jackson14503.51
J. Carlton11515.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
D. Murphy510621.21
C. Farley49223.00
C. Stephens22412.00
T. Wheatley27537.50
H. Grimsley155.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
D. Hunter12000
K. Roberts6000
K. Ladler6000
J. Hewitt5100
M. Ryan5000
L. Mobley5000
N. Proctor3100
R. Porcher IV1100
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito38/5151240
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
T. DeVito10343.40
M. Pierre9252.70
A. Stritzinger4123.00
A. Noel122.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
A. Rawlins1012212.21
M. Pierre67212.00
M. Archie6549.00
B. Dennis619232.02
A. Hackett4256.20
A. Noel33712.31
A. Stritizinger200.00
J. Green11010.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
L. Williams7000
P. Coleman6000
T. Richards6000
N. Fagan5000
J. Houston2200
K. Jonathan1100
B. Meade1100


Heartbreak at home. Syracuse misses a potential game-tying field goal with 2 seconds remaining to give Virginia Tech a 38-35 win today in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse once again allowed a special teams touchdown and missed a crucial field goal, continuing their trend of special teams woes. Tommy DeVito played out of his mind today, easily having the best day of his career despite the loss. He threw for over 500 yards and 4 touchdowns and led a valiant comeback attempt despite being down two scores with under 3 minutes remaining. FR WR Beau Dennis finally had his coming out party with 6 catches for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. SO WR Allen Rawlins chipped in 10-122-1 as well. For the second straight week the running game as a whole could not contribute anything to the offense even when facing a bottom tier run defense. JR HB Markenzy Pierre was briefly benched in the second half to try to get the running game going but nothing would work. Syracuse should look to get Pierre involved in the passing, play-action, and read option games to open some more running lanes for him when he takes handoffs. The defense was a liability once again but has performed better than expected for the majority of the season. Hokie QB Josh Jackson and HB Terius Wheatley gashed the defense with Jackson accounting for 350 yards of total offense and Wheatley scoring 3 times. The Orange fall to 5-4 and need to get back in the win column or risk their season falling apart completely after back-to-back losses.

Final Score: 38-35 Virginia Tech
Posted on November 27, 2018 at 06:50 AM.
#18 Syracuse (5-2) @ Louisville (4-3)

Syracuse are ranked for the first time since 2001 and are hitting the road to take on the Louisville Cardinals. The Orange beat Louisville last year by a final score of 29-27 in Syracuse. Tommy DeVito carved up the Louisville defense to the tune of 406 yards. SR HB Tyrone Perkins ran for over 100 yards and over 5.0 ypc while SR WR Sean Riley and SR WR Devin Butler had over 100 yards receiving each. Clearly most of the stars of last years game have since graduated aside from SO (now JR) QB Tommy DeVito. Syracuse is fresh off a statement-making upset of undefeated #5 West Virginia in Morgantown and will look to keep riding that momentum right on through Louisville, who have dropped their last three games after a 4-0 start. The Cardinals boast a top 30 offense and a top 30 pass defense but their bottom 10 rushing defense could have trouble slowing down Tommy DeVito on the read option which could open up passing lanes. The wildcard for Louisville is SR QB Jawon Pass returning from an injury that had sidelined him for the previous two losses.

Prediction: 42-27 Syracuse

Syracuse Orange at Louisville Cardinals
Oct 31, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#18 Syracuse Orange (5-3)0170724
Louisville Cardinals (5-3)2177742
Team Stats Comparison
SYRLOU
Total Offense412389
Rushing Yards87205
Passing Yards325184
First Downs1812
Punt Return Yards637
Kick Return Yards63101
Total Yards481527
Turnovers21
3rd Down Conversion5/134/11
4th Down Conversion0/00/1
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals7-1-11-0-0
Penalties2-201-5
Possession Time17:2614:34
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGSYRLOU
5:46(LOU) C. Wilson, 62 yd run07
4:46(LOU) D. Dorsey, returned fumble 4 yds014
2:03(LOU) C. Wilson, 28 yd run021
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGSYRLOU
5:53(SYR) T. DeVito, 14 yd run721
2:37(SYR) J. Key, returned interception 33 yds1421
0:09(SYR) L. King, 19 yd FG1721
0:00(LOU) C. Wilson, returned kickoff 101 yds1728
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGSYRLOU
3:54(LOU) C. Wilson, 43 yd run1735
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGSYRLOU
7:54(LOU) C. Wilson, 23 yd pass from J. Pass1742
7:17(SYR) A. Noel, 68 yd pass from R. Culpepper2442
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito12/1816200
R. Culpepper12/2016311
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
M. Pierre17603.50
T. DeVito800.01
R. Culpepper3248.00
J. Green133.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
B. Dennis55410.80
A. Noel512224.41
A. Rawlins45914.70
J. Workman3206.70
M. Archie33010.00
M. Pierre22613.00
A. Hackett144.00
M. Baker11010.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
C. Jones5000
K. Coleman5200
L. Williams5100
N. Fagan5100
J. Key4011
K. Jonathan2100
B. Meade1100
Louisville Cardinals
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
J. Pass15/2418411
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
C. Wilson1620512.83
J. Pass1010.10
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
C. Wilson55010.01
K. Averett46416.00
K. Parks3258.30
J. Marshall11212.00
W. McDaniel11010.00
M. Sullivan12323.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
A. Johnson9000
C. Avery7000
P. Blue7010
D. Etheridge7000
D. Dorsey6300
E. Bennett3100
C. Tillman2100


Imagine any scenario that can go wrong in a game and it happened for Syracuse today. Allow a defensive and special teams touchdown? Check. Starting quarterback knocked out with concussion in first half? Check.
Running game cannot get going at all until garbage time? Check. Missed field goal by a senior kicker in clutch situation? Check. Have a tipped ball bounce off a defenders foot and be intercepted? Check. This game was bad for the Orange. Louisville jumped on them early, building a commanding 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Syracuse rebounded nicely however, with a convincing touchdown drive, a pick six, and a field goal with 9 seconds remaining in the half to trim the score to 21-17. The ensuing kickoff was taken back for a house call by Louisville HB Colin Wilson and that was a sign that this game was not Syracuse's to win. Tommy DeVito was performing pretty well before the injury knocked him out and completely changed the momentum of the game. SR QB Rex Culpepper was as good as you can ask a backup quarterback to be thrown into that situation, but he wasn't as effective as DeVito would have been. Louisville HB Colin Wilson had over 350 all-purpose yards and 5 total touchdowns in what was a monster performance. It was the best individual performance against Syracuse during the season and a half that Coach Bays has been at the helm. Syracuse will likely drop from the rankings next week following this blowout loss to an unranked opponent. Look for Syracuse to come out with more fire next week, especially from a frustrated Tommy DeVito.

Final Score: 42-24 Louisville
Monday, November 26, 2018
Posted on November 26, 2018 at 03:31 PM.
Syracuse (4-2) @ #5 West Virginia (6-0)

Oh boy. This is the biggest test of Syracuse's season, but also the biggest test of Bays' coaching career. Syracuse will enter Morgantown as heavy underdogs to the elite Mountaineers. Syracuse QB Tommy DeVito has started to be doubted by fans and media due to his turnover problems but he has still been excellent. He will need to play a clean and efficient game if they want to win today though. West Virginia boasts a top 10 total defense and passing defense so there will be obstacles towards him. It's imperative that Syracuse can get HB Markenzy Pierre going early and establish the run game to get their offense rolling early. If the Orange want a chance to pull the upset they can not fall behind early because West Virginia's offense scores a lot of points and quickly. Syracuse looks overmatched in this game because the Mountaineers team is very nicely put together to play against Syracuse's biggest weaknesses. This game should end up being close and hard fought as it is a rivalry game and Syracuse wants to prove that they are for real in the ACC.

Prediction: 45-42 West Virginia

Syracuse Orange at West Virginia Mountaineers
Oct 24, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Syracuse Orange (5-2)02171038
#5 West Virginia Mountaineers (6-1)7107024
Team Stats Comparison
SYRWVU
Total Offense374295
Rushing Yards107124
Passing Yards267171
First Downs2018
Punt Return Yards717
Kick Return Yards4386
Total Yards424398
Turnovers33
3rd Down Conversion6/95/12
4th Down Conversion0/01/1
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals5-3-12-1-1
Penalties0-01-5
Possession Time18:1613:44
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
5:20(WVU) J. Rouse, 10 yd run07
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
7:36(SYR) M. Pierre, 1 yd run77
6:45(SYR) L. Williams, returned interception 62 yds147
4:11(SYR) A. Rawlins, 47 yd pass from T. DeVito217
0:46(WVU) S. Mahone, returned interception 43 yds2114
0:02(WVU) J. Edwards, 28 yd FG2117
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
6:31(WVU) J. Pooler Jr, returned fumble 36 yds2124
3:11(SYR) A. Noel, 3 yd pass from T. DeVito2824
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGSYRWVU
6:45(SYR) L. King, 34 yd FG3124
2:04(SYR) T. DeVito, 9 yd run3824
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito25/3326722
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
M. Pierre19764.01
T. DeVito10313.11
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
A. Noel88811.01
A. Hackett44511.30
J. Workman3248.00
M. Archie3268.60
A. Rawlins37023.31
B. Dennis221.00
M. Pierre2126.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
L. Williams9011
T. Richards6000
J. Key6000
N. Fagan6100
K. Coleman3200
R. Phillips3110
C. Jones2010
Z. Morton1100
West Virginia Mountaineers
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
J. Rouse20/3417103
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
J. Page121139.40
J. Rouse13110.81
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
J. Haskins7517.20
R. Roberson5448.80
D. Bowen35719.00
J. Page3206.70
M. Robinson1-2-2.00
T. Simmons111.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
K. Wallace11000
B. Ferns9100
D. Stills6100
Z. Sandwisch5000
S. Mahone4011
K. Robinson3010
J. Pooler Jr2001
J. Penn1100


What a performance by Syracuse. The defense allowed only 10 points and forced 3 turnovers in a dominating performance. West Virginia could not get much going all day and were thoroughly beaten. If not for two big defensive touchdowns by the Mountaineers this game would've been a blowout. FR SS Lance Williams continued to prove that he was an overlooked recruit as he won the starting job in the beginning of the season and has been one of the most consistent players on the team, recording a clutch pick-six today in the first half. Tommy DeVito struggled with giving the ball away once again but moved it well enough to help the Orange get the win. SR WR Aaron Noel was big in the passing game as the go-to target for Syracuse and SO WR Allen Rawlins had another long touchdown to add to his total. Syracuse will now be 5-2 and right back in the conversation for the ACC title. This game will definitely not be forgotten when the rivalry renews next time, where I'm sure that West Virginia will want revenge. West Virginia will probably drop another game to a good offense somewhere because their offense is not strong enough to keep up if their defense falters or their offense turns it over.

Final Score: 38-24 Syracuse
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Posted on November 25, 2018 at 04:52 PM.
Syracuse (3-2) @ San Jose State (0-3)

Syracuse travels to San Jose, California to take on the winless Spartans in what looks like it should be their easiest game of the season. Considering that they already won their other two games versus Group of Five opponents by 3+ scores each, this one should be a breeze. Tommy DeVito is coming off his most efficient game of the season and the team looks to be rounding into form at exactly the right time. Syracuse should jump out to an early lead for the first time this season as well.

Prediction: 52-14 Syracuse

Syracuse Orange at San Jose State Spartans
Oct 4, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Syracuse Orange (4-2)021102152
San Jose State Spartans (0-4)1437024
Team Stats Comparison
SYRSJSU
Total Offense574323
Rushing Yards212133
Passing Yards362190
First Downs2917
Punt Return Yards145
Kick Return Yards55114
Total Yards643442
Turnovers11
3rd Down Conversion2/52/12
4th Down Conversion0/00/1
2-Point Conversion0/00/0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals7-5-05-2-1
Penalties3-252-10
Possession Time16:1315:47
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGSYRSJSU
5:39(SJSU) J. Lenard Jr, returned interception 72 yds07
0:15(SJSU) J. Blackwell, 4 yd pass from M. Aaron014
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGSYRSJSU
5:59(SYR) A. Noel, 1 yd run714
3:06(SYR) A. Rawlins, 64 yd pass from T. DeVito1414
1:13(SYR) M. Pierre, 1 yd run2114
0:00(SJSU) M. Calhoun, 37 yd FG2117
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGSYRSJSU
4:57(SYR) M. Pierre, 3 yd run2817
2:37(SJSU) J. Davis, 7 yd pass from M. Aaron2824
0:34(SYR) L. King, 40 yd FG3124
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGSYRSJSU
7:20(SYR) L. Williams, fumble recovery in endzone 0 yds3824
5:41(SYR) M. Pierre, 4 yd run4524
2:18(SYR) M. Pierre, 5 yd run5224
Syracuse Orange
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
T. DeVito23/3035911
R. Culpepper1/1300
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
M. Pierre211145.44
T. DeVito7669.40
J. Green5316.20
A. Noel111.01
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
M. Archie67111.80
M. Pierre6467.60
A. Rawlins511222.41
A. Noel45914.70
B. Dennis37424.60
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
T. Richards10000
N. Fagan6100
P. Coleman5000
C. Harper2100
K. Jonathan2100
L. Williams2001
San Jose State Spartans
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
M. Aaron20/3519020
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
J. Williams16925.70
M. Aaron6274.50
T. Nevens3144.70
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
J. Davis57815.61
J. Forte44511.30
J. Blackwell4297.31
A. Liles3279.00
J. Williams300.00
T. Nevens11111.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
C. Smith11000
T. Parker8100
J. Lenard Jr8011
R. Leung Wai5000
T. Webb5000
C. Alexander2100


This game started out badly for Syracuse as DeVito threw a pick-six and then the defense allowed a long touchdown drive to enter the second quarter down 14-0 to the Spartans. San Jose State started to slow down after that and DeVito stopped the mistakes, throwing for 340 yards and a touchdown. The star of the show today was SR HB Markenzy Pierre who ran for over 100 yards and 4 touchdowns to pace the Orange to victory. SO WR Allen Rawlins once again proved to not only be a reliable possession target, but also a deep threat as he got a 60 yard touchdown in the second quarter to tie up the game. Syracuse showed once again that their offense is elite and can put up points on anyone, but their defense leaves lots to be desired as they have yet to allow under 20 points to any opponent this season. Next week the Orange have a real test as they move into the heart of ACC play at 4-2 (1-2 ACC).

Final Score: 52-24 Syracuse

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