LU 57 wrote: ↑September 21st, 2021, 12:12 pm In all seriousness, I listened to the HCHF coach’s show this morning, and he has me a bit concerned, although he is really good at Coachspeak. He even had me concerned about Campbell. Anyway, sounds like the will be meaningfully improved from last year.Freeze is 100% correct that SU's roster is > than ours...individually. Collectively, Freeze has built a solid unit that has improved immensely from even last years victory over 'cuse. Freeze and these great coaches draw out the best in the players each week. In addition, his game plans are typically solid and unappreciated until the final seconds run off the clock. Exe. pace on offence, blitz packages, DE containment of mobile QB's, even special teams approach (albeit lacking this year), etc. I know we are fearing the improvement in 'cuse from y/y but if I remember correctly, we were without our top RB and WR in Mack and CJ and still ran away with it.
My biggest concern is protecting Malik given all of the injuries on the OL. Although, OL Coach Sam Gregg said we should have everyone back, he did not choose to say guys would be back at full strength. I would expect that Syracuse has DEs that get after it. I know they also have a DT with 3.5 sacks already.
On D, I am mostly concerned about their RB Tucker who is averaging 122 YPG this year. Although, I feel pretty good about this given DL is arguably our deepest and strongest group.
Obviously, Taj Harris is a really good receiver, as we saw last year. He is averaging ~76 YPG.
All in all I believe we will win but it may not be easy. Certainly not as easy as last year.
My concern is a raucous Friday night crowd that could get even more rowdy if we fall behind early. If we can start with a good opening drive and hold them behind the sticks early, our guys can settle in and hopefully impose a run game. We see #15 featured this week and sprinkle in #1 in key looks to stretch their LB's and open up some middle runs.
I think we match up well and feel good about this one.